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Slaughter and May

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Steve Edge

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Slaughter and May

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Partner. Steve advises on the tax aspects of private and public mergers, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures and on business and transaction structuring (including transfer pricing in all its aspects) more generally. He also advises many banks, insurance companies, hedge funds and others in the financial services sector in a wide range of areas.


Articled Slaughter and May; qualified 1975; partner 1982.


Canon Slade GS, Bolton; Exeter University (LLB).

London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Leading individuals

Steve Edge - Slaughter and May

Within: Corporate tax

Slaughter and May’s tax group is regularly involved in some of the most prominent corporate deals in the London market and has also seen a steady increase in the amount of tax advisory work undertaken in 2016-2017. In one particularly stand-out matter, Mike Lane advised Equinix on the tax aspects of the acquisition of Telecity Group, and most importantly, on the separation and sale of eight of the target’s assets, which was a condition for obtaining clearance for the acquisition from the European Commission. Dominic Robertson acted for GlaxoSmithKline in relation to its joint venture with Verily Life Sciences and developed the tax relief strategy associated with the joint venture agreement. Other notable highlights include Steve Edge’s work for Vodafone Group in connection with the merger of its Dutch operations with Liberty Global, and Tony Beare assisting DONG Energy with the UK tax aspects of a 50% disposal of interest in the Race Bank offshore wind farm. Department head Sara Luder handles both transactional tax matters and tax advisory work, while William Watson has extensive experience of the real estate and oil and gas sectors. Jeanette Zaman and Gareth Miles are also contacts in the department.

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London: Dispute resolution

Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Slaughter and May’s contentious tax practice works in parallel with the firm’s top-ranked non-contentious tax team to advise clients, irrespective of sector, from the early stages of a tax investigation through to appeals. Steve Edge recently represented Deutsche Bank in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the turning of cash bonuses into a non-monetary form, which could later be turned into money. Sarah Lee helps lead the contentious tax offering and is acting for Mercuria Energy Europe in a High Court case concerning its involvement in highly publicised "missing trader" VAT fraud in the carbon emissions market. Hays, GDF Suez Teesside and Bupa are other clients. Dominic Robertson and Mike Lane have each developed an active tax disputes practice and have been involved in a number of politically-sensitive tax investigations. Gareth Miles and William Watson are also key contacts. In 2016, Richard Jeens and Damian Taylor became partners in the disputes team and Elizabeth Barrett retired.

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