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Damian Taylor

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Dispute Resolution


Partner. Damian advises on a range of litigation, international arbitration and investigations for a diverse range of clients, including sovereign governments and agencies, banks, investment managers and other financial services institutions. He has a particular interest in energy, insurance and fraud disputes as part of his very wide ranging practice.

Damian sits on the firm's Africa Practice Group and helps develop the firm's practice in Africa, as well as acting for African clients and clients investing in Africa.


Joined Slaughter and May 2005. Partner since 2016.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Slaughter and May is ‘absolutely outstanding, from the beginning until the end of any complex case, performing at the highest possible level on all matters’. The practice is highly rated for its expertise in complex, high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes; these frequently involve complex structured products and financial derivative instruments, major insolvency-related litigation, disputes that raise corporate crime issues, and global regulatory investigations. The team successfully acted for Banco Santander Totta at The Court of Appeal in claims against publicly owned Portuguese companies, which arose from interest rate swaps; it also assisted National Bank of Abu Dhabi with its claim against BP Oil International for the return of approximately $70m under a receivables financing agreement; this was an important test case as it was the first to proceed from start to finish under the shorter and flexible trials pilot scheme. Deborah Finkler heads the firm’s dispute resolution group; Jonathan Clark and recently promoted partner Richard Jeensdisplay formidable co-ordination skills, especially in multi-disciplinary teams, and have profound knowledge of the applicable rules and perfect sense of strategy and client care’; James Staceyprovides great direction and motivation, while also being willing to get stuck in to the hard work himself’; and Damian Taylor, who ‘has a brilliant legal mind and is very good with clients’, was also made partner. Richard Swallow and Ewan Brown are other highly respected advisers. Elizabeth Barrett retired from the practice.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Next generation lawyers

Damian Taylor - Slaughter and May

Within: Commercial litigation

Slaughter and May’s ‘lawyers are all outcome oriented and deliver extraordinary service and results’. The practice is best known for high-stakes litigation and it has recently been involved in high-profile, multi-jurisdictional matters. The team acted for Banco Santander Totta in litigation in England, which arose out of interest rate swaps with publicly owned Portuguese companies; this was the first case to be tried in the Financial List. Other highlights saw the team act for National Bank of Abu Dhabi, one of the largest banks in the Middle East, in its claim against British Petroleum Oil International for the return of approximately $70m under a receivables financing agreement; this case was particularly significant as it was the first to proceed from start to finish under the shorter and flexible trials pilot scheme. Deborah Finkler heads the dispute resolution group. Recently promoted partner Richard Jeensprovides constant assurance to clients, explore all relevant different angles and add value to matters’; Sarah Lee is ‘capable and assured’; Richard Swallow is ‘very impressive’; Efstathios Michaelhas total mastery of the detail’; and Jonathan Cotton is ‘very strong on cases with a financial crime or regulatory angle’. Other recommended litigators are Ewan Brown, James Stacey, Jonathan Clark, and Damian Taylor, who was also made partner. Elizabeth Barrett retired from the practice.

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Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

In one way or another, Slaughter and May is involved in nearly every one of the most well-known contentious competition cases in the market and is, by the measure of some, ‘the premier firm providing EU and UK competition litigation’. Department head Richard Swallow is ‘significantly experienced in this area’ and acted for Koninklijke Philips in a €1bn damages claims brought in the English High Court by iiyama, which has gone to the Court of Appeal. Indeed, the team has acted in defence of a number of very high-profile cartel claims, an example of which is the air cargo cartel case, in which Swallow has also continued to represent British Airways; the case is currently on appeal to the European Court of Justice. Additionally, Isabel Taylor and Deborah Finkler are advising American Express Services Europe on the UK judicial review proceedings seeking to clarify the EU’s Interchange Fees Regulation. The team also manages to make use of a global network of best friend relationships, and is acting alongside Gleiss Lutz in an investigation into’s most favoured nation clause. In 2016, Damian Taylor and Richard Jeens were made partners, while Elizabeth Barrett retired.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Slaughter and May is ‘first rate for international arbitration’. The practice frequently acts in high-value energy, infrastructure, corporate and financing disputes, and it has cross-border capabilities both inside and outside Europe. James Stacey leads the firm’s arbitration group and is ‘excellent and hugely able - he is a details-man, who gives very thoughtful and considered advice that is practical and commercial, as well as legally spot-on’. Damian Taylor was made partner and dispute resolution head Deborah Finkler and Efstathios Michael are key contacts.

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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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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

A ‘formidable and fearsome opponent’, Slaughter and May’s Efstathios Michaelhas a truly first-class brain combined with absolutely excellent tactical and commercial skills’ in a broad range of matters, including brokers’ liability and coverage disputes. He is acting for Marsh in a breach of contract and professional negligence claim filed by the Bank of London and The Middle East. The practice, which sits in Deborah Finkler’s dispute resolution department, provides ‘excellent value’ and ‘outstanding’advice to its clients, which include SEB and Equitas. Damian Taylor’s promotion to partner was among recent personnel changes.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Slaughter and May assists sports clients with a very wide range of work, including disputes, IP, commercial contracts, governance, investments and real estate. Practice head Andrew Jolly is especially strong in football, and advises Premier League clubs including Arsenal FC and Everton FC on commercial, disciplinary, governance and regulatory matters. David Ives acted for the Boat Race Company on all its IP and sponsorship matters, and assisted it with all legal issues concerning the staging of the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race. The US Ski and Snowboard Association is another client. Damian Taylor is recommended for dispute resolution, and has particular experience in football and motorsport.

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United Kingdom: Litigation

June 2018. By Damian Taylor, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of Litigation in the United Kingdom . It will cover methods of resolving disputes, details of the process and the proceedings, the court and their jurisdiction, costs and appeals and opinions on future developments. This Q&A is part of the global guide to Litigation. [Continue Reading]

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