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Slaughter and May

Living Wage
ONE BUNHILL ROW, LONDON, EC1Y 8YY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7600 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7090 5000
DX:
11 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.slaughterandmay.com
Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

William Watson

Tel:
Work 020 7600 1200
Email:
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Tax

Position

Partner with practice covering all UK taxes relevant to corporate activity. Alongside mainstream corporate tax work and tax litigation, William has a special interest in the taxation of real estate and of the oil and gas sector; he acts for several UK REITs amongst other property clients, and advised HM Treasury on the introduction of the ‘decommissioning relief deeds’ for operators in the North sea.

Career

Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1996; partner 2004. Publications: Contributing editor for ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Tax’ and ‘Global Legal Insights – Corporate Tax’, both published annually by the Global Legal Group.

Education

St Paul’s School; Merton College, Oxford (MA Classics).

Leisure

Chess (professional player 1984-92), theatre, skiing.


London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Corporate tax

Slaughter and May's 'high quality' team provides 'very commercial' advice to clients on the taxation aspects of large corporate and fund-related transactions. The firm also has a well-developed tax advisory practice which draws on the 'excellent technical and practical knowledge' within the group. Practice head Sara Luder advised Michael Kors Holdings in relation to its £896m recommended cash offer for Jimmy Choo, including the tax implications of its particular financial and FX structure. With 'an eye on the big picture', Gareth Miles assisted Standard life on the recommended all-share merger with Aberdeen Asset Management. William Watson is noted for his 'commitment to delivery' and recently advised Land Securities on the return to shareholders of proceeds from the £475m disposal of its 50% interest in the Walkie Talkie building in the City of London; a matter that involved an innovative share scheme. 'Fabulous technical specialist' Mike Lane is recommended for the 'great insight and superb advice' he provides on complex issues, whilst Steve Edge stands out for the breadth of his tax consultancy practice. Jeanette Zaman and Tony Beare retired at the end of 2017.

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