Slaughter and May > London, England > Firm Profile

Slaughter and May
ONE BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YY
England

Living Wage

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Slaughter and May provides a 'fantastic service' and showcases 'first-class technical capabilities' across the full breadth of international tax and tax issues relating to transactions. Mike Lane is the head of the tax practice and displays an 'impressive' level of expertise in the financial services industry, particularly in the capital markets space. Gareth Miles has a strong focus on M&A work and Dominic Robertson has a broad tax practice that covers transactional, advisory and disputes advice. Steve Edge is a well-recognised name in the corporate tax space, while William Watson is also noted and has a strong background in real estate and oil and gas work, as well as a growing pensions tax practice. At the junior end of the team, associates Charles Osborne and Sarah Osprey are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mike Lane

Testimonials

The Corporate Tax practice provides outstanding deal support – the team is technically excellent and alive to all potential opportunities, and risks, whilst remaining pragmatic and commercial in its advice. Compared to other firms the team took greater ownership of the deal process, and managing liaison with commercial colleagues, which is a more efficient service model, particularly when working under time pressure.’

It was a pleasure to work with the Slaughters Tax team – William Watson and Charles Osborne stood out for us across several deals. In addition to their technical excellence, I particularly valued the following qualities: (i) they were alive to all deal issues and were constantly looking to add points of value; (ii) they communicated brilliantly and clearly noted areas where client time/review should focus; and (iii) they were great to work alongside and remained calm and collected under pressure.’

Responsive and produce work of a high-standard efficiently and swiftly.’

Sarah Osprey provides excellent corporate tax advice in a clear and concise manner and with a transparency that exceeds the service provision found elsewhere. Sarah’s depth of knowledge and ability to understand the business and market in which we operate is exceptional while their appreciation of the commercial reality of the deal as well as my risk appetite has proven to well exceed expectations.’

The team brings a strong commercial and practical approach to their work, as well as first class technical capabilities.’

They provide a fantastic service on M&A transactions.’

We have worked with Mike Lane and Charles Osborne – I would be happy to work with both again and would highly recommend them. Mike’s insight and knowledge of a very wide range of tax matters is very impressive.’

Key clients

Bupa

Canary Wharf

EF Education First AG

Ocado

PrimaryBid

Prudential

Royal Dutch Shell

Santander

Virgin

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Valaris on its $6.5bn restructuring.
  • Advised INEOS on the acquisition of BP’s global petrochemicals business for $5bn.
  • Advised Rolls-Royce on the tax aspects of a £5bn recapitalisation package including a rights issuance.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Slaughter and May's competition practice is truly market-leading, frequently assisting with the most complex and significant deals and investigations in the market. The group has a demonstrable track record of achieving outstanding results for clients before regulatory bodies; as a recent example, Bertrand Louveaux advised Deliveroo on a CMA phase II investigation into Amazon acquiring a minority interest in the company, which resulted in a rare unconditional Phase 2 clearance. The team is able to call on a number of respected partners, including Claire Jeffs (co-lead of the department alongside Louveaux) and Isabel Taylor, who is a ' shrewd, practical and knowledgeable expert in subsidy control/State aid'. Philippe Chappatte is another well-known name and assists with market investigations. Jackie Holland joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Bertrand Louveaux; Claire Jeffs

Other key lawyers:

Phillippe Chappatte; Isabel Taylor; Lisa Wright; William Turtle

Testimonials

Slaughter and May have a strong relationship culture, strong management protocols and a genuine interest in the issues at hand.

A very sophisticated team — great to deal with and very worldly and politically astute which is more and more important in competition and anti trust.’

A genuine interest in the issues, strong project management and a good sense of balance for the issues in hand. Philippe Chappatte has great experience, a good sense of balance and always retains a sense of humour.’

The team are commercial, straightforward, have a team approach and are succinct and to the point in their legal advice. They are also creative and innovative in their approach to complex legal issues.’

Claire Jeffs is top notch, she in incisive, understands the business quickly and can see solutions quickly.

The academic & intellectual capability of the team – Bertrand Louveaux in particular -is what sets this team apart.’

Isabel Taylor is a very shrewd, practical and knowledgeable expert in subsidy control/state aid. I have worked with her in shaping consultation responses and papers on subsidy control/State aid policy: she is on top of all the issues and has an excellent sense of points that are important in practice.’

Bertrand Louveaux is outstanding — terrific manner, worldly and will speak truth to corporate power if that’s the right thing to do. Vital to have that in a competition adviser but it’s  also done with real authority. Good problem solver too.’

Key clients

British Airways/IAG

Calder

Daily Mail and General Trust

Deliveroo

Diageo

Dignity

Drax

eBay Inc.

FNZ

Google

INEOS

JP Morgan Chase

Marston’s

Richemont

Sabre

S&P Global

Suez

Trafigura

The Stars Group

Varian

William Hill

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on the EC AdSense investigation.
  • Advising Deliveroo on the UK CMA phase II investigation into major online marketplace Amazon acquiring a minority interest in the company, which resulted in an unconditional clearance.
  • Advising S&P Global on the international filings for its proposed $44bn merger with IHS Markit.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

Slaughter and May's team advises EU and UK banks, insurers and investment firms across the spectrum of their regulatory requirements, with a particular aptitude for assisting with the regulatory aspects of M&A deals. The group has been heavily involved in advising clients on their Brexit-related adjustments, as well as on the implications of Covid on financial regulation. The department is led by Jan Putnis, who has carved out a niche advising global banking groups on Brexit-related issues. Ben Kingsley is a co-head of the firm's emerging tech and fintech practice, where he brings to bear his financial regulatory expertise. Nick Bonsall is a financial markets expert with a varied client roster of banks and insurers. Senior counsel Kristina Locmele is often called upon to support M&A transactions, utilising her expertise in consumer credit and payments regulation.

Practice head(s):

Jan Putnis

Other key lawyers:

Ben Kingsley; Nick Bonsall; Kristina Locmele; Tim Fosh; Srijanee Bhattacharyya

Key clients

RSA Insurance Group plc

Aviva plc

Klarna Bank A/B

OneSavings Bank

Checkout.com

TransferWise Ltd

Zurich Insurance

Prudential plc

Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Standard Chartered Bank

TrueLayer

Work highlights

  • Advised RSA, an international insurance group, on the £7.2 billion recommended cash offer for RSA made by a subsidiary of Intact Financial Corporation acting in consortium with Tryg A/S.
  • Advised SC Ventures, the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered, on its partnership with Northern Trust to launch Zodia Custody, an institutional-grade custody solution for cryptocurrencies.
  • Advised OSB, the specialist lending and retail savings group, on the introduction of a new holding company, OSB Group plc, by means of a scheme of arrangement, together with OSB Group plc’s admission to the premium listing segment of the Official List and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 1

Slaughter and May's preeminent reputation in the UK public M&A space continues to be backed up by the data. The firm advised on nearly a third of the  highest value UK deals in 2020 and still has one of the largest rosters of FTSE 100 and 250 clients of any law firm. Its commitment to long-term relationships with clients means some 200 of its clients have worked with the firm for more than 20 years. The highly acclaimed group is jointly led by Andy Ryde and Roland Turnill, who head up the firm's corporate and M&A offerings respectively. David Johnson boasts extensive public and private M&A experience, with recent highlights including major acquisitions and joint ventures for blue-chip clients in the leisure sector. In addition to co-heading the firm's data protection and privacy practice, Rebecca Cousin handles corporate and commercial instructions from a broad range of high-profile entities. The highly regarded Sally Wokes is recommended for her experience leading big-ticket, international deals, most recently for multinational retailers, whileVictoria MacDuff  is described by  one client as 'the best lawyer I have ever worked with'. Other key names to note in the practice include Simon Nicholls ; Paul Dickson ; Robert Innes  and Richard Smith . However the firm has seen several  departures in today's increasingly global marketplace. Up and coming M&A and private equity partner Murray Cox  left for Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP , while Susannah Macknay moved to Gilbert & Tobin in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Andy Ryde; Roland Turnill

Other key lawyers:

David Johnson; Rebecca Cousin; Sally Wokes; Natalie Cook; Victoria MacDuff; Harry Hecht; James Cook; Steve Cook

Testimonials

‘Incredible client service combined with broad knowledge and good judgement.’

‘Victoria MacDuff is –  by a long way – the best lawyer I have ever worked with. The clarity and commerciality of her advice is exceptional. The teams which she brings to transactions are also carefully matched to our requirements, working styles and personalities – making transactions with Slaughter’s a superior experience. Notable mentions go to Harry Hecht and Oliver Gratton.’

‘More than any other law firm I have worked with they fall into the trusted adviser category, the breadth of each partner’s experience across multiple specialisms gives them a unique perspective on the challenges facing a business.’

‘The partners are all high quality (obviously) and very personable. the bench strength of the associates is equally consistent.’

‘The team worked incredibly hard and seamlessly together to support our public to private transaction’

Key clients

Burberry

Diageo

DS Smith

GlaxoSmithKline

General Electric

Rolls-Royce

Royal Dutch Shell

RSA

Standard Life Aberdeen

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising RSA Insurance Group on the recommended cash offer for RSA’s entire issued share capital.
  • Advising Just Eat Takeaway.com on its combination with Grubhub Inc.
  • Advised Walmart on the sale of a majority stake in Asda Group Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart, to a consortium comprising the Issa brothers and TDR Capital.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Slaughter and May's disputes and investigations team includes 'superb litigators with vast experience of handling difficult banking cases'. It counts litigation related to structured products and financial derivatives among its areas of expertise. Richard Swallow leads the team, Deborah Finkler (who is experienced in investigative and enforcement actions), Jonathan Clark, Camilla Sanger and Richard Jeens are other names to note; all of which have a breadth of experience acting for financial institutions. The group benefits from the arrivals of Gayathri Kamalanathan, who joined from Danske Bank and adds significant in-house experience, and senior counsel Angela Taylor from Travers Smith LLP, who has a breadth of contentious expertise. Other changes include the promotion of the 'formidable' Peter Wickham to partner and Sarah Lee's retirement.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Testimonials

A very classy outfit! Superb litigators with vast experience of handling difficult banking cases.’

Deborah Finkler – the best there is! Ewan Brown – a brilliantly clever lawyer Jonathan Clarke – a hardworking and dedicated litigator. Gayathri Kamalanathan – a wonderful new addition to the team.

Peter Wickham: formidable.’

Key clients

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

Credit Suisse group

Deutsche Bank, A.G.

Mercuria Energy Trading Europe Limited

A global financial institution

Work highlights

  • Defending JPMorgan Chase Bank  in high profile civil claims arising from cross border investigations conducted by the FCA, DOJ, and other regulators worldwide in relation to alleged misconduct in the G10 spot FX market.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from US$2 billion Mozambique “tuna bond scandal”.
  • Defending Deutsche Bank in a claim brought against it, and several other financial institutions, by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation acting as Receiver for 19 failed financial institutions headquartered in the US. The claim alleges that the defendants agreed and/or acted with others in concerted practice to low ball US Dollar LIBOR submissions.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 1

Slaughter and May 'quite simply have one of the finest competition litigation teams in the City'. The firm is able to offer a deep bench of specialist practitioners, with a strength in competition litigation that stretches across all seniority levels. In addition to handling standalone claims, the group is regularly instructed to defend large corporates in damages cases following on from the most high profile liability decisions at EU and UK level. Damian Taylor and Holly Ware advise MAN SE on claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court following the European Commission’s truck cartel investigation. 'Great elder statesman' Richard Swallow, who leads the group, is currently advising on damages claims arising from the roll-on/roll-off cartel alongside Camilla Sanger. Senior counsel Elizabeth Jordan is a 'future superstar'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Slaughter and May quite simply have one of the finest competition litigation teams in the City. They offer the ultimate Rolls Royce service to clients, with almost unrivalled ability to run the largest cases with a superb quality of service.’

Richard Swallow is now the great elder statesman of the group. Others to watch include the brilliant young Damian Taylor and the fantastic Holly Ware. Also of tremendous ability in this area include Ewan Brown, Camilla Sanger and Tim Blanchard. Any one of them would be a terrific pick to run a competition law dispute. Senior counsel Liz Jordan is a future superstar.

The team is an obvious choice for the most high profile competition cases in this jurisdiction. They focus on acting for defendants and are involved in all the blockbuster cases, including the Trucks litigation and the FX claims. The quality of partners and associates is exceptional across the board.

Damian Taylor heads up the team and is a massive talent. He’s razor sharp but also pragmatic and an excellent team leader. One of the most impressive partners I have worked with. Nick Ames has just moved to the firm from Freshfields and is one to watch for the future.’

I very much like Peter Wickam, who was promoted to partner recently. He is an outstanding lawyer, who is combining strategic overview with knowledge of the details. This allows him to think out-of-the-box and find creative solutions.’

Meticulous, intellectually rigorous, hard working and utterly dedicated.

Key clients

MAN SE

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

Volkswagen AG

First MTR South Western Trains

Infineon Technologies AG

Deutsche Bank, A.G.

Koninklijke Philips NV

Louis Dreyfus Company B.V.

Vodafone

GlaxoSmithKline

Google

IAG (British Airways)

Work highlights

  • Defending truck manufacturer MAN SE in multibillion Euro competition litigation.
  • Acting for JPMorgan Case Bank N.A. in investigations in relation to alleged misconduct in the G10 spot FX market and defending subsequent civil claims.
  • Acting for VW in a claim to recover damages arising from the Roll-on/Roll-off shipping cartel.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 1

Slaughter and May's 'excellent tax team' demonstrates 'a real commitment to the client's case'. Key cases that the team have advised on involve a broad range of tax areas, including bank payroll tax, management incentivisation arrangements and transfer pricing, as well as diverted profits tax ('DPT'). Dominic Robertson, who has a strong background in DPT and transfer pricing, co-heads the tax disputes practice with Richard Jeens. Corporate tax specialist Mike Lane and Steve Edge are key individuals. Ewan Brown and William Watson are also noted. Sarah Lee and Sara Luder retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jeens; Dominic Robertson

Testimonials

Strong team, excellent talent, good spread of resource. Delivers when it counts.’

William Watson technical expertise is second to none.’

Slaughters have always had an excellent tax team, and the current team continues this tradition. In terms of knowledge and skills they are certainly one of the top teams in the country.’

Apart from knowledge of tax law, the individuals I have dealt with have shown a real commitment to the client’s case.’

Key clients

BlueCrest

Coca-Cola European Partners

Credit Suisse

GDF Suez Teesside

GlaxoSmithKline

Hays

Mercuria Energy Europe Trading

Mr. William Reeves

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Acted for Credit Suisse in its dispute with HMRC concerning technical issues in respect of the application of the Bank Payroll Tax legislation.
  • Advising BlueCrest on conjoined appeals in relation to (i) challenges to the UK tax treatment of its management incentivisation arrangements and (ii) the tax treatment of a high value buyout of the partnership stake of one of BlueCrest’s founding partners.
  • Advising GSK and Vodafone on their appeals against the European Commission’s state aid investigation into the group financing exemption from the UK’s CFC rules.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 1

Slaughter and May is an established name for advising on the share scheme aspects of major M&A transactions, most recently assisting William Hill on its £2.7b sale to Caesars Entertainment. Charles Cameron oversees the team and has extensive experience in employee share schemes and pension plans. Philip Linnard, who advised on the WIlliam Hill deal, is another key name and alongiside major corporate transactions also deals with establishing bespoke incentive plans, particularly in highly regulated sectors like financial services and insurance.

Practice head(s):

Charles Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The support we receive is not simply strong in the technical issues which matter – understanding the remuneration policy, indepth assessment of any relevant underlying documentation and of course the legal frame of reference.’

‘There is good appreciation of the wider concerns of internal and external stakeholders, an informed contribution to the consideration of non-trivial ‘softer’ issues which are important as well and sound perspectives on the best approach to take for engaging with such stakeholders both as to the immediate and longer term time horizon.’

‘They have a strong practice in employee share schemes and are able to leverage the wider firm both for international aspects and to bring in employment law advice in a seamless fashion. Advice is quality and ‘commercial’ and service is responsive.’

‘The knowledge of the team is a key strength, with good response times and detailed explanations always given to all problems/issues/questions raised. If this is given verbally on a call, a detailed, written response always follows so we can refer back to it at a later point. ‘

‘The team are very approachable and ‘down to earth’, which creates a sense of comfort and ease in all interactions. The team is always inclusive of all our team members at all levels and all questions are answered with the same standards of good grace and detailed explanation, no matter how simple or technical.’

Key clients

3i Group Plc

M&G plc

Intermediate Capital Group plc

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Ocado Group plc

Prudential plc

Land Securities Group plc

Vodafone Group plc

Whitbread plc

Barratt Developments plc

Work highlights

  • Advising FTSE 100 client, ICG, on the implementation of its new shareholder-approved bespoke long-term incentive, deferred bonus and cash-settled carried interest plans.
  • Advising Ocado on the establishment of three new shareholder-approved incentive plans.
  • Advising RSA in relation to the share incentives aspects of its recommended all-cash acquisition by a consortium of bidders.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Slaughter and May's integrated pensions team offers clients an in-depth and bespoke service. The non-contentious practice's deep expertise is led by 'exceptional' industrial and manufacturing sector expert Charles Cameron. The team is also involved in market-innovations, advising on and assisting in the development of the legislative framework for Royal Mail's proposed Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pension scheme, on which Sandeep Maudgil is a key partner. Daniel Schaffer is praised by clients for his 'unrivalled knowledge' and advises significant industry-wide schemes on benefit redesign, mergers, demergers, and funding. 'Strategic and commercial' Richard Jeens heads the disputes practice, which is currently acting for the trustees of the BT, Ford, and M&S schemes in their judicial review of the UK Statistics Authority's industry-wide proposition to align RPI with CIPH from 2030, a proposed change that will affect all UK DB schemes and linked assests/benefits. The team also advises on TPR investigations, Ombudsmen complaints, and benefit disputes.

Practice head(s):

Charles Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Sandeep Maudgil; Daniel Schaffer; Philip Linnard; Hugh Gittins; Chris Sharpe; Isobel Carruthers; Sarah Lee; Edward Hunnisett

Testimonials

”Absolutely superb – Slaughter and May are the Rolls-Royce in this area as well as in so many others. Exceptional practitioners who work exceptionally hard, and who produce outstanding work product. Thoughtful and thought through advice. No corners are cut. Deep and detailed technical knowledge and experience across the whole spectrum of pensions work.’

‘The team are intelligent, thorough and hard-working. They are able to see both sides of the argument given that they advise both trustees and sponsoring employers of major pensions schemes, as well as their high profile work linked to transactions.’

‘Charles Cameron is the best I have ever worked with. His advice shows deep strategic thinking, a total understanding of pension law. When and how to bring other practices and how to co-ordinate the advice to develop an overall solution.’

‘Sandy Maudgil and Richard Jeens are outstanding. Extremely friendly and approachable, with a knack of making complicated issues understandable.’

‘Dan Schaffer is out there on his own in the pensions’ industry. Very experienced; a truly original thinker, and solution provider.’ 

‘Charles Cameron has market knowledge and a calm and unflustered approach. Very creative. Exceptional technical legal skills. An excellent adviser who slots in seamlessly with the extended team (client and other advisers) and has instant credibility.’

Key clients

AkzoNobel and ICI

BT Pension Scheme (Trustees)

Caterpillar Pension Plan (DB) (Trustees)

Caterpillar DC Pension Plan (Trustees)

Daily Mail

De La Rue plc

Derwent

Disney

Drax Group

E.ON UK PLC

FirstGroup plc

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Interserve

JCB Service

Ovo Energy

PA Pension Scheme (Trustees)

Phillips 66 Pension Scheme (Trustees)

Railways Pension Trustee Company (Trustee of Railways Pension Schemes (RPS) and other legacy railways related pension schemes)

Reckitt Benckiser

Royal Mail

RSA Insurance Group plc

SCA UK Pension Plan (Trustees)

Severn Trent Pension Schemes (Trustees)

Signature Aviation plc

Tata Steel

UK Asset Resolution

United Utilities

Walmart

Whitbread PLC

3i

Work highlights

  • Advised 3i on the £650 million buy-in with Legal & General of the 3i Group Pension Plan, matching the benefits of around 850 members.
  • Advised GSK on the closure of its seven UK defined benefit pension schemes, affecting around 1,900 active members.
  • Advised RSA Insurance Group on reaching agreement with the trustees of RSA’s three defined benefit schemes in the context of a £7.2bn recommended cash offer, managing issues and risks raised by the new Pensions Regulator powers to be introduced under the Pension Schemes Act 2021.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

The 'highly professional and service-minded' team at Slaughter and May has a 'fantastic reputation' on behalf of the pre-eminent roster of institutional investment grade corporate borrowers that the firm has nurtured over the years. Although event-driven syndicated financing work has been significantly impacted by the market uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the team has been very active helping many of the firm's FTSE 100/250 clients seek to stabilise their financing arrangements, including accessing government support packages, as well as dealing with facility extensions and advising on covenant waivers. 'Excellent' finance head Philip Snell has been pivotal to much of the Covid-related work and also remains a trusted advisor to the Association of Corporate Treasurers across a range of matters, including on the LMA loan recommended documentation and LIBOR transition. Matthew Tobin is also recommended and has been heavily involved assisting corporates on their liquidity and financing needs in sectors hugely impacted by the pandemic, including retail, travel and leisure.

Practice head(s):

Philip Snell

Other key lawyers:

Robert Byk; Ed Fife; Matthew Tobin; Guy O’Keefe; Caroline Phillips; Richard Jones; Azadeh Nassiri; Susan Hughes; Samay Shah

Testimonials

The top drawer team has a fantastic reputation.’

The team is highly professional and service minded. Their knowledge on all aspects of bank lending is exceptional and they often present innovative solutions to issues at hand.’

Philip Snell is excellent.’

Key clients

Asos

Deutsche Bank

Diageo

Halfords

MarkerStudy

Palamon

Rolls-Royce plc

Varde

Vodafone

The States of Guernsey

Work highlights

  • Advising Seadrill (and various of its group companies) on their various complex banking and finance arrangements and the potential restructuring of them. This includes Seadrill’s 12 secured credit facilities totalling more than $5.7bn of debt, its senior secured notes issuance initially of $880m and various ancillary arrangements and their related intercreditor arrangements.
  • Advising on CEMEX’s amendment of, and extension of loans under, its existing facilities agreement.
  • Assisting Whitbread Group Plc on various mitigating actions as a result of the pandemic, including: (i) establishing a commercial paper programme through which Whitbread could access the UK Government’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility; (ii) obtaining waivers in respect of Whitbread’s temporary cessation of business under its revolving credit facility and various US private placement notes; and (iii) obtaining a covenant holiday in respect of the financial covenants contained in Whitbread’s revolving credit facility, US private placement notes and pension fund arrangements.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Slaughter and May has a first-rate reputation in big-ticket insurance transactions, with its work covering public and private M&A, debt and equity capital markets and cross-border retrocession/reinsurance deals. It also excels in Part VII (and other) transfers, pension de-risking and contentious work. Showcasing the firm's strong credentials in this space, its recent work included acting for RSA on its £7.2bn sale to Intact and Tryg. Elsewhere, it has been notably active in advising clients on matters arising from Covid-19 (such as its implications for business interruption policies), as well as Brexit-related issues. Practice head Jonathan Marks has a focus on corporate, governance and risk transfer matters. Also recommended are Craig Cleaver, Robert Chaplin and Nick Bonsall.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Marks

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Great quality product, delivered with a smile, with quality you know you can trust.

The quality of work product produced by the team is exceptional, both leading edge legal analysis and drafting. They have a knack of making complex issues easy.

Craig Cleaver is extremely calm, considered and very bright.’

Slaughter and May has a strong insurance practice. They have strong all round capabilities to support insurance transactions and a developing expertise in longevity transfers. They have successfully taken first rate banking regulatory capabilities to build a strong insurance regulatory practice.’

Nick Bonsall is the best regulatory lawyer in the City and has a very broad expertise. Craig Cleaver is an all round excellent transactional lawyer. The firm is notable for having the best associates in the field.’

Key clients

Ageas

Aviva

Allianz

Canada Life

Global Risk Partners

Legal & General

Prudential

M&G

RSA

White Mountains

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advised Legal & General on the successful transfer of its mature savings business to ReAssure under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
  • Advised Aviva, Direct Line and Zurich on potential business interruption claims arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities business on its investment in Ki, the first fully digital and algorithmically-driven Lloyd’s syndicate.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 1

Praised for its ‘360-degree service’, Slaughter and May’s recent track record includes acting on some of the longest-running, high-profile fraud and corruption investigations conducted by the SFO. In addition, the team is adept at handling internal investigations for multinational companies, prominent financial institutions, and government and public sector bodies. For more demanding assignments, clients also benefit from the firm’s dedicated legal tech team, which is particularly helpful for document reviews and e-disclosure; a legal project manager is also often involved in coordinating investigations. The group stands out for its cross-border work; with disputes and investigations practice head Richard Swallow singled out for being ‘extremely smart, tough-minded and strategic’ - skills he successfully utilises in multi-jurisdictional investigations conducted by the SFO, the DOJ and other authorities overseas. The practice has seen a number of significant changes over the last year.  Former practice head Sarah Lee retired from the partnership at the end of 2020, with the firm hiring senior counsel Angela Taylor from Travers Smith LLP at the same time. The global investigations group is now jointly led by Jonathan Cotton (‘hugely experienced and wise’) and Ewan Brown (‘frighteningly bright’). Tim Blanchard was promoted to partner in May 2020, while Ella Williams has been a senior counsel since November 2020. Gayathri Kamalanathan joined the firm from a bank in April 2021, but is already garnering praise for her deep understanding of the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cotton; Ewan Brown

Testimonials

‘The team at Slaughter and May is first-rate. Not only are its lawyers exceptionally bright, but they are practical and pragmatic and able to turn their hands to anything. What sets Slaughter and May from most other firms in this field is its ability to offer a 360-degree service, providing advice on every aspect of a problem which may face a corporate client.’

‘Ewan Brown is sharp, insightful and calm under pressure.’

‘Jonny Cotton is smart, responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Richard Swallow is one of the most experienced litigators in this area. Johnny Cotton is an outstanding strategist. Euan Brown is an imaginative and careful thinker. They are surrounded by gifted individuals.’

‘Richard Swallow is a superb lawyer; extremely smart, tough-minded and strategic. He is a forceful advocate for his clients.’

‘Gayathri Kamalanathan is an exceptional investigations lawyer. Truly understands financial products and services and the complexities of modern financial institutions and leverages those to provide precise and proactive advice to her clients. Exceptional interpersonal skills enabling her to operate across diverse stakeholders.’

‘Ella Williams thinks deeply about the issues and provides practical, clear advice.’

‘I would like to single out: Jonny Cotton (hugely experienced and wise), Richard Swallow (incredibly strategic), Ewan Brown (frighteningly bright), Damian Taylor (a superstar), Holly Ware (a natural litigator) and James Stacey (able to pick things up incredibly quickly). They are all superb.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco plc

Rolls-Royce plc

Mr Malcolm Brinded

John Wood Group PLC

Former director of Patisserie Valerie

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended British American Tobacco plc against the SFO’s long-running investigation of suspicions of corruption by the client, its subsidiaries and associated persons.
  • Advising Rolls-Royce in investigations conducted by the SFO, the DOJ, and Brazilian authorities (MPF and CGU) into bribery in overseas markets.
  • Successfully defended Malcolm Brinded CBE, former executive director and board member of Royal Dutch Shell, in relation to criminal investigations into allegations of bribery.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 1

Slaughter and May advises financial services and technology clients on their most complex and strategically significant projects in the fintech arena. The firm's workload spans areas such as blockchain/distributed ledgers, payments and insurtech, among various others. Its practice includes individuals whose knowledge covers regulatory, technology, IP and data issues, among other areas. Also notable is that the firm continues to run an incubator programme known as Fast Forward, which supports technology entrepreneurs and innovators in growth-stage companies. Ben Kingsley is recommended for governance, emerging markets and AI issues. He co-heads the practice with Rob Sumroy. Another key individual is Duncan Blaikie, who leads the firm's blockchain working group. Laura Houston made partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ben Kingsley; Rob Sumroy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They’re extremely competent, timely, pragmatic and commercial. Very knowledgeable and on the ball with legal work for regulated firms.’

It goes without saying that Slaughter and May have a stand-out reputation across their firm, the really bring the same degree of excellence to all their practice areas and this is no exception. They are very knowledgeable, professional and I have every trust in their advice.’

The team is led by Rob Sumroy, who is a consummate professional, provides first-rate client service, is generous with his time, and engenders complete trust in his abilities and those of his team.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Ventures

Stripe

Uncapped

Novus

PrimaryBid

Y Tree

Xero

TreasurySpring

Paymentsense

Checkout.com

Aztec

Transferwise

Plaid

OakNorth

Currencies Direct

Work highlights

  • Advised Standard Chartered Ventures, the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered, on the negotiation and formation of its joint venture partnership with Northern Trust to launch Zodia Custody, an institutional-grade custody solution for cryptocurrencies.
  • Advised TransferWise (now Wise) on a range of governance and regulatory capital topics as well as its recent $319m investment round valuing the group at $5bn.
  • Advised PrimaryBid, an FCA-regulated platform that connects retail investors with listed companies on equity offerings, on its Series B fundraising round to raise approximately $50m.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Slaughter and May has a strong presence in the technology sector, where it provides full-service advice covering corporate transactions, international data compliance, outsourcing and procurement, antitrust law and the development of new products and services. In addition, the team launched Regulating Digital in January 2021, a cross-disciplinary group providing holistic advice to TMT companies in relation to the complex legal and regulatory aspects of data, data privacy, IP and competition. Rob Sumroy has expertise in commercial licensing, procurement and the commercial and regulatory aspects underpinning the development of new forms of technology, such as AI and blockchain products. David Ives stands out for his expertise in private and public sector-led technology projects, in which he tends to provide advice on outsourcing, software licensing and corporate transactions. Victoria MacDuff specialises in the commercial aspects of technology and telecoms projects. Duncan Blaikie specialises in procurement and licensing agreements, particularly those involving fintech and cybersecurity clients. Associate Oliver Howley is recommended for his niche in robotics and AI.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sumroy

Testimonials

‘Rob Sumroy is an extremely experienced partner in the technology practice.’ 

Key clients

Standard Chartered plc

Orient Overseas

Cabinet Office

ARM Limited

Vodafone plc

A Plastic Free Planet Limited

Richemont

Google

Klarna Bank AB

DeepMind Technologies

Interserve

Ericsson

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

At Slaughter and May, the commercial contracts advisory group sits within the firm’s global sourcing practice and handles high-risk, complex commercial mandates for a roster of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies and household names including John Lewis, Walmart and Vodafone Group. The team recently advised the Department for Transport on designing and negotiating freight capacity support arrangements. Duncan Blaikie and newly promoted partner Oly Moir jointly lead the commercial contracts group and Rob Sumroy heads up the broader technology and outsourcing practices. Newly promoted partner Laura Houston also contributes to the firm’s commercial work.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Blaikie; Oly Moir; Rob Sumroy

Other key lawyers:

Laura Houston; Richard Todd; David Ives

Testimonials

‘First-class team with unrivalled ability and strength in depth, excellent technical knowledge and creativity. They instil confidence through their reassured and confident approach. Also, engaging and charismatic – overall a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rob Sumroy is outstanding in defence of his clients’ best interests and has built an excellent team of associates who can step in and lead too.’

‘Their attention to detail, duration of support and professionalism was exemplary. We simply could not have delivered the calibre of work for a brand new international certification scheme without the support of the team.’

‘I work with Duncan Blaikie’s team on technology related contracts. What stands out most is the “gold service” responsiveness and the quality of the output. You get the feeling you are their only client and their organisation is devoted to your requirements. Best in class.’

‘From my perspective Duncan Blaikie is stand out. His understanding of the telecoms sector, his familiarity with market norms and his commerciality (without compromise to the legal analysis) are best in class. He is completely unstuffy and therefore a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership

Department for Transport

SEGRO plc

Walmart Inc

Chaos Fashion

M&G plc

Richemont International SA

Cabinet Office

Victrex

Utterberry Ltd

Asda Stores Limited

Standard Chartered

Vodafone Group plc

Givaudan SA

Enara Bio Limited

Ocado

Gatwick Airport

Viridor

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva on the outsourcing of business-critical middle and back-office services by its parent company and its individual businesses in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam.
  • Assisted the Department for Transport with designing and negotiating freight capacity support arrangements.
  • Advised Vodafone in connection with the implementation of two major, long term, strategic telecoms deals: the implementation of transformational new servicing arrangements with Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited and on its participation in the Shared Rural Network scheme, an initiative between the major UK mobile network operators to extend mobile network coverage to rural areas of the UK.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 2

Slaughter and May , which is well-known for its issuer-side focus, is a first port of call among many FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies for advice on complex and business-critical fundraising requirements. Led by Rebecca Cousin, the department handles London Stock Exchange IPOs, rights issuances, placings and issuances of convertible/exchangeable securities, among other matters. In 2020, highlights included advising Ocado Group Plc on a concurrent three-legged £1bn capital raise and acting for SEGRO Plc on a £680m placing. Richard Smith and David Johnson are among other active practitioners. In recent developments, former practice head Nilufer von Bismarck joined Legal & General as a non-executive director, and Susannah Macknay moved to Gilbert + Tobin in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Cousin

Other key lawyers:

Richard Smith; David Johnson; John Papanichola

Testimonials

A class act – our go-to for our most important deals.’

David Johnson – simply the best there is.’

The quality from Slaughter and May is second to none and consistently so. Legal advice is given through a commercial lens with a large dose of realism, as well as recommendations when required – not just sitting on the fence.’

In our opinion, Slaughter and May has an extremely experienced ECM team, often at the leading edge of market practice and developments.’

Key clients

Ocado

Whitbread

De La Rue

Countrywide

Premier Oil

SEGRO

Costain

Reckitt Benckiser

Workspace

Aquis

Diageo

GlaxoSmithKline

PrimaryBid

ASOS

IAG

The Restaurant Group

Rolls-Royce

Work highlights

  • Advised International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. on its underwritten equity raise to raise gross proceeds of approximately €2.75bn.
  • Advised Rolls-Royce Holdings plc on a recapitalisation package designed to improve liquidity headroom, reduce balance sheet leverage and help the company to navigate the challenging economic circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Whitbread PLC on its rights issuance to raise gross proceeds of approximately £1bn.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Slaughter and May's contentious financial services regulatory team is situated in the firm's global investigations group, led by Richard Swallow, and has a strong reputation for domestic and cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Lawyers have substantial experience in benchmark-linked regulatory investigations for the firm's impressive global financial institutional clients, in addition to market abuse, anti-money laundering and disclosure cases. Deborah Finkler is key to the firm's offering, regularly handling high court litigation, foreign disputes and regulatory investigations. Ewan Brown is another expert in FCA investigations, often acting in the role of strategic counsel. Holly Ware's practice includes cross-jurisdictional investigations, involving regulatory and prosecuting authorities. Jonathan Clark is an expert in benchmark manipulation cases.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Finkler; Ewan Brown; Jonathan Clark; Jonathan Cotton; Tim Blanchard; Holly Ware

Testimonials

One of the top premier City FS practices (which I say having worked with all of them in recent years). Huge strength in depth, formidable experience, and not a weak link.’

Deborah Finkler, massive experience over very wide range of cases including FS.’

Ewan Brown, very strong litigator.

Outstanding and rounded litigation lawyers who are notable for their willingness to stake out a clear view on strategy and risk.’

Ewan Brown is in my view the best litigator at Slaughter and May.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

Listed multinational company

Work highlights

  • Advising Credit Suisse on FCA and other investigations arising from US$2 billion ‘tuna bond scandal’.
  • Acting as strategic co-advisers to Zurich Insurance plc in the landmark financial markets test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority on behalf of thousands of business interruption insurance policyholders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advising JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. in cross-border investigations conducted by the FCA, DOJ, and other regulators worldwide in relation to alleged misconduct in the G10 spot FX market.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

The 'highly strategic and knowledgeable' disputes and investigations group at Slaughter and May is known for handling a range of high value, cross-border and multiparty disputes. With the firm's notable strength in M&A, the group frequently advises clients on transactional disputes and corporate fallout and also has 'immense experience of financial disputes'. The practice is increasingly developing expertise in class and group actions (for which Camilla Sanger and the 'extremely smart and commercial' Efstathios Michael are among the names to note); it also handles competition follow-on damages claims ,which are among Jonathan Clark and Holly Ware's areas of focus. Other names to note include financial services sector specialist Deborah Finkler, Damian Taylor (who counts contractual, competition, fraud and insurance disputes among his areas of expertise), and corporate litigator James Stacey. Following Sarah Lee's retirement, the 'very strategic litigator' Richard Swallow leads the team. Gayathri Kamalanathan joined from Danske Bank and Peter Wickham, who is strong for energy and natural resources disputes, was promoted to the partnership. Megan Sandler and Smriti Sriram are among the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Testimonials

Excellent client service – responsive, smart and commercial.

Highly strategic and knowledgeable with an extremely high level of commitment to their clients, matched with unparalleled expertise.

Simply the best of the best. A smooth-running machine of the highest pedigree. The firm is fully-aligned with its clients’ litigation goals and their commercial goals, and is careful never to allow the former to shroud the latter.

 It was due to the legal expertise and approach from this team that we were able to secure such a fantastic result. It’s clear the team has immense experience of financial disputes and know exactly how to achieve the best results for their clients.

Holly Ware is a rising star. Hugely organised and a great motivator of the team. Richard Swallow has vast experience and is a very strategic litigator.

Efstathios Michael – extremely smart and commercial, delightful personality but takes a hard line when appropriate, simplifies complexity, and responsive.

Richard Jeens – simply one of the best, most practical, and savviest commercial litigators around. James Stacey – bright, insightful, and a keen eye for detail. Robert Turnbull – a star of the future. Brilliant at managing even the most complex of cases.

I have worked very closely with Damian Taylor on a couple of claims and was very impressed with his ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses as well as come up with an excellent strategy and response.

Key clients

BHP Group

Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

British American Tobacco plc

Diageo plc

BUPA

Rolls-Royce

British American Tobacco plc.

Aker BP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (now Stellantis N.V.) and other members of the corporate group

Countrywide Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising BHP Group PLC and other entities who are defendants to US$5bn claims (involving over 200,000 claimants) arising out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from US$2bn “tuna bond scandal”.
  • Acting for British American Tobacco plc in a group claim threatened by Malawian tobacco farmers, concerning allegations of child and forced labour on third party farms in Malawi.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Slaughter and May‘s integrated pensions team offers clients an in-depth and bespoke service. The non-contentious practice’s deep expertise is led by ‘exceptional’ industrial and manufacturing sector expert Charles Cameron. The team is also involved in market innovations, advising on and assisting in the development of the legislative framework for Royal Mail’s proposed Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pension scheme, on which Sandeep Maudgil is a key partner. Daniel Schaffer is praised by clients for his ‘unrivalled knowledge’ and advises significant industry-wide schemes on benefit redesign, mergers, demergers, and funding. ‘Strategic and commercial’ Richard Jeens heads the disputes practice, which is currently acting for the trustees of the BT, Ford, and M&S schemes in their judicial review of the UK Statistics Authority’s industry-wide proposition to align RPI with CIPH from 2030, a proposed change that will affect all UK DB schemes and linked assests/benefits. The team also advises on TPR investigations, Ombudsmen complaints, and benefit disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jeens (Head of Contentious Pensions Team)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team made a major impression on our Trustee Board and they have provided excellent and consistent service to date. They have been outstanding advisors so far – not only in answering our questions, but also helping us frame the right questions to ask.’

‘Strength in depth, high quality partners and supporting team members. Always well briefed and ready to test arguments for and against proceeding down any particular route. Availability at any time to support the trustee.’

‘Very good pensions dispute resolution team, working closely with the outstanding pensions advisory team, and drawing on personnel and experience of the largest and most wide-ranging of commercial litigation in other fields.’

‘Richard Jeens inspires confidence and demonstrates exceptional intellectual rigour in analysing complex problems.’

Key clients

Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Ford Pension Schemes

Trustees of the Marks and Spencer Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advising the Trustees of the BT, Ford and Marks & Spencer pension schemes in relation to their potential application for a judicial review of the UK Statistics Authority’s decision to align RPI with CPIH from 2030.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 2

Slaughter and May has 'depth and breadth of knowledge coupled with commercial outlook and ability to simplify the detailed complexities'. The firm is known mainly for its issuer-side practice, though it increasingly acts for underwriters on large mandates. In 2020, the firm assisted HM Treasury with the  Covid Corporate Financing Facility which was introduced to provide liquidity to investment-grade corporates making a material contribution to the UK economy. Lead partner Matthew Tobin advised Burberry Group plc on its inaugural £300m sustainability bond. Guy O’Keefe is known for his work on liability management transactions for issuers, borrowers, lenders and other counterparties. Caroline Phillips has a broad-ranging finance and in 2020 advised on numerous regulatory capital transactions, including Just Group plc on its £250m bond offering. Robert Byk and Ed Fife also handle high-value DCM mandates as part of their broad finance practices.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Tobin

Other key lawyers:

Guy O’Keefe; Caroline Phillips; Robert Byk; Ed Fife; Jennifer Sadek

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and hardworking.’

‘Depth and breadth of knowledge coupled with commercial outlook and ability to simplify the detailed complexities.’

‘Guy O’Keefe leads a very affable and capable team. Jen Sadek in particular is a rising star in our opinion and technically excellent.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable and hardworking.’

Key clients

Burberry

GlaxoSmithKline

Just Group

Legal & General

Ocado

Rolls-Royce

Shell

Standard Chartered

United Utilities

Westpac

Work highlights

  • Advised Burberry Group plc in relation to its inaugural issuance of £300,000,000 1.125% guaranteed Sustainability notes due 2025. The Sustainability Bond is listed on both the Main Market and the Sustainability Bond Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Working as an integrated team with Treasury Legal Advisers, advised H.M. Treasury on the Covid Corporate Financing Facility which was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 17 March 2020.
  • Advising Westpac on numerous DCM transactions including issuances of bonds, covered bonds and the annual update of its EMTN programme.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Slaughter and May is recommended for complex life sciences deals which entail wide-ranging commercial agreements, such as licensing, collaboration and R&D agreements. Clients range from large and mature companies to smaller, emerging entities, and also include universities, NGOs and government agencies. IP-focused Duncan Blaikie is a key name for advice on the exploitation, defence and enforcement of IP rights; he jointly chairs the group with transactional expert David Johnson.

Practice head(s):

David Johnson; Duncan Blaikie

Testimonials

‘The team is well integrated, understands our business very well, brings appropriate expertise and offers a good level of support.’

‘A very strong and effective team which has split roles and responsibilities to offer a very professional services.’

‘Duncan Blaikie: experienced, pragmatic, good understanding of the needs of our business.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Hikma

Thermo Fisher

Novo Nordisk

Bupa

GE Healthcare

Union Medical

Immunocore

Oxford Nanopore

Lonza

CSL

Enara Bio

Artha Health Limited

International Finance Facility For Immunisation Company

Work highlights

  • Advised African Export–Import Bank in relation to the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines for African Union member states.
  • Advised Enara Bio on a licensing and collaboration collaboration with the Australia-based Monash University, which will support a multi-year MR1-related project with a leading T-cell/TCR immunology research group at the University.
  • Advisied Illumina, Inc, the genetic sequencing biotech, on the EU and UK Competition aspects of their $8bn acquisition of GRAIL, the cancer screening start-up backed by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 2

Slaughter and May is particularly strong in terms of its work in the technology sector, encompassing outsourcings, procurements, licensing work, product launches, IT disputes and competition litigation, particularly in relation to M&A transactions. In addition, the firm is well known for advising public sector bodies in relation to major strategic projects. Rob Sumroy has a very active practice, handling major commercial licensing and procurement transactions for technology and telecoms clients, alongside various contentious matters and projects involving the use of disruptive technologies including blockchain and AI. Victoria MacDuff focuses on corporate transactions in the technology sector; Roland Turnill specialises in public takeovers and M&A; and Paul Dickson is also a key member of the corporate team handling matters across the TMT sector. In a recent highlight, the team advised Deliveroo on the competition aspects of Amazon's acquisition of a minority interest in the company.

Practice head(s):

Victoria MacDuff; Roland Turnill; Rob Sumroy; Paul Dickson

Testimonials

‘The team is providing helpful guidance on how to interpret UK legislation for EU companies. They make you feel comfortable even in critical situations.’

‘Excellent cohesion and attention to detail. Highly skilled and responsive.’

‘My experience with the team is that it worked very effectively and efficiently; it has a pragmatic approach, knows the industry well and provides great customer service.’

Key clients

Deliveroo

JustEat Takeaway.com

PrimaryBid

Standard Chartered

TransferWise

Facebook

ITV

Google

Blackstone

Richemont

Ericsson

A Plastic Free Planet

World Golf Systems

Daily Mail and General Trust plc

Vodafone

ARM Inc.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 2

Known for advising on high-value infrastructure projects and transactions, Slaughter and May  works across the key areas of transport, energy and renewables, regulated networks, transmission, pipelines, storage and construction. As well as working on UK matters, the firm provides reach and expertise  on international mandates. Hywel Davies advises on a range of corporate and commercial transactions, with particular experience in public and private M&A, private equity transactions and equity financings related to infrastructure, energy and natural resources. He co-leads the team with corporate and finance specialist Michael Corbett, who focuses on public and private M&A transactions, equity offerings, joint ventures, corporate governance and company advisory matters within the infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):

Hywel Davies; Michael Corbett 

Other key lawyers:

Azadeh Nassiri; Richard Todd; Robin Ogle

Testimonials

‘Unbelievably knowledgeable and committed to achieving clients’ objectives and offering a seamless experience. Total trustworthiness’.

‘No standard deviation in the quality of each and every individual, amazing and seamless coordination in the team’.

Key clients

Interserve Group Limited

ContourGlobal plc

Newlight Partners LP

Drax Group

Centrica

Vodafone

HM Government

Everton Football Club

Arsenal Football Club

KKR (in relation to Viridor acquisition)

Ørsted

Work highlights

  • Advised Interserve Group Limited on the merger of Interserve Support Services with Mitie Group PLC for a combined consideration of £271 million. Following completion of the transaction, Interserve Group Limited will continue to focus on delivering its business plans for its three remaining divisions, Construction, Interserve Construction Limited and Equipment Services (RMD Kwikform) and Citizen Services.
  • Advised Centrica plc on its agreement to sell its North American energy supply, services and trading business, Direct Energy and associated energy and infrastructure assets to NRG Energy, Inc. for US$3.625 billion in cash (equivalent to approximately £2.85 billion).
  • Advised the Department for Transport on designing and negotiating freight capacity support arrangements. The arrangements were extremely urgent – the UK had recently been placed into the first lockdown and the scheme was required to ensure that there was sufficient freight capacity available to prevent disruption to the flow of critical goods to the UK, such as food and medical supplies.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Slaughter and May's oil and gas practice, which is jointly led by Hywel Davies and Michael Corbett, stands out in large M&A and private equity transactions. Clients also benefit from the expertise of project finance expert Steven Galbraith, who has over 30 years of experience in the industry.

Practice head(s):

Hywel Davies; Michael Corbett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Hywel Davies provides more than just high quality legal advice but provides a wider counsel on how legal matters fit into specific issues or the broader business environment.’

The team really takes the time to understand their clients, investing in secondments, taking care to ensure we know the lawyers who are working for us, and showing a genuine interest in our business including in between transactions. As a client, I am made to feel like I am a priority, even though other clients must bring far higher fees to the firm.’

Hywel Davies’ industry knowledge is vast, and it is immensely reassuring to have his presence on any call.’

Key clients

Premier Oil

INEOS

Seadrill Limited

Valaris plc

Alpha Petroleum

Genel

Centrica

Aker Energy

HitecVision

Kosmos Energy

PTTEP

Repsol

Shell

Work highlights

  • Advised Premier Oil on its proposed $9.5bn all share merger with Chrysaor and the related restructuring and repayment of Premier’s existing debt.
  • Advising INEOS on the acquisition of BP’s global Petrochemicals business for $5 billion, and on related acquisition financing arrangements.
  • Advising Seadrill Limited and its group companies in relation to a comprehensive restructuring of a complex debt and capital structure comprising 12 secured credit facilities totalling more than $5.7bn of debt.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Praised for providing ‘a competitive edge in real estate deals’, magic circle firm Slaughter and May is instructed on all types of direct and indirect investment, frequently acting on large portfolio transactions in addition to those with cross-border elements. The 'first-class' team, which has 'a reputation for excellence', is also a strong player in the development field, working closely with its construction, planning, finance and environmental colleagues to serve as one-stop destination for major projects. It is also active in the corporate occupier space where it leverages a long-standing reputation as a go-to name for headquarter moves and developments and has also recently handled an array of CVA, rent payment agreement, regearing leases and restructuring matters owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head; she has first-rate expertise in relation to sports stadiums, advising both Arsenal and Everton FC on projects at their respective stadiums in recent years. Further key names include John Nevin, who has 'excellent business sense and a keen understanding of the law’, as well as senior counsel Simon Bartle, who is ‘adept in navigating through complex transactions’.

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jane Edwarde is an extremely responsive partner who is always on hand to provide commercially minded legal support. Great to work with.’

‘A wonderful firm – you can tell they only hire the best.’

‘John Nevin is unique in that he has excellent business sense as well as a keen understanding of the law.’

‘Richard Todd is an extremely capable partner. Engaging and fully understands the client brief with strong commercial acumen.’

‘A depth of team resource and talent which allows significant transactions across jurisdictions to be handled efficiently.’

‘Top to bottom talent and highly skilled professionals delivering innovative solutions to emerging real estate problems.’

‘John Nevin has expertise and experiencing various types of real estate deals.’

‘Simon Bartle deserves a mention. He is adept at navigating his clients through complex transactions such as development agreements for lease and is excellent at suggesting solutions whenever problems are encountered that are acceptable on a commercial and legal footing.’

Key clients

Arsenal

Baker McKenzie

Bourne Leisure

Bupa

Cemex

Credit Karma

Crisis

Diageo

Dobbies Garden Centres

Equinix

Everton

INEOS

ITV

Linklaters

Masterworks

Marks and Spencer

MCC

Nimax Theatres

Ocado

Paymentsense

Taj Hotels

Tata Steel

Tonstate Group

Tottenham

Viridor

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Jones Lang LaSalle on its new London headquarters at 1 Broadgate.      
  • Advised Baker McKenzie on its new London headquarters at 280 Bishopsgate.
  • Advising Linklaters in connection with its move to new London headquarters at 20 Ropemaker.  The team is also advising a number of other law firms in connection with their headquarters moves, including the firm itself on its own office requirements.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Praised for providing ‘a competitive edge in real estate deals’, magic circle firm Slaughter and May is instructed on all types of direct and indirect investment, frequently acting on large portfolio transactions in addition to those with cross-border elements. The 'first-class' team, which has 'a reputation for excellence', is also a strong player in the development field, working closely with its construction, planning, finance and environmental colleagues to serve as one-stop destination for major projects. It is also active in the corporate occupier space where it leverages a long-standing reputation as a go-to name for headquarter moves and developments and has also recently handled an array of CVA, rent payment agreement, regearing leases and restructuring matters owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head; she has first-rate expertise in relation to sports stadiums, advising both Arsenal and Everton FC on projects at their respective stadiums in recent years. Further key names include John Nevin, who has 'excellent business sense and a keen understanding of the law’, as well as senior counsel Simon Bartle, who is ‘adept in navigating through complex transactions’.

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

Richard Todd; John Nevin

Testimonials

‘Jane Edwarde is an extremely responsive partner who is always on hand to provide commercially minded legal support. Great to work with.’

‘A wonderful firm – you can tell they only hire the best.’

‘John Nevin is unique in that he has excellent business sense as well as a keen understanding of the law.’

‘Richard Todd is an extremely capable partner. Engaging and fully understands the client brief with strong commercial acumen.’

‘A depth of team resource and talent which allows significant transactions across jurisdictions to be handled efficiently.’

‘Top to bottom talent and highly skilled professionals delivering innovative solutions to emerging real estate problems.’

‘John Nevin has expertise and experiencing various types of real estate deals.’

‘Simon Bartle deserves a mention. He is adept at navigating his clients through complex transactions such as development agreements for lease and is excellent at suggesting solutions whenever problems are encountered that are acceptable on a commercial and legal footing.’

Key clients

Arsenal

Bourne Leisure

Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Elysian Residences

English National Ballet

Everton

Fishmonger’s Company

Halsbury Homes

Legal & General

Lendlease

London Resort Company Holdings

Masterworks

MCC

MTR Corporation

Nimax Theatres

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Ocado

Tottenham Hotspur

Work highlights

  • Advising Derwent London on the mixed-use redevelopment of 19-35 Baker Street, London W1 including in connection with the re-gearing of its joint venture with The Portman Estate.
  • Advising London Resort Company Holdings in connection with the proposed London Resort. A significant project on the Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent with a wide range of attractions and entertainment, as well as associated hotel and commercial space and significant infrastructure.
  • Advising Everton on the development of its new 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley‑Moore Dock and also on the future redevelopment of Goodison Park.

Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations Tier 3

The cross-departmental approach of Slaughter and May draws on expertise in the firm's corporate and commercial practice as well as utilising practitioners in the firm's finance, tax, IP and employment teams to handle a wide range of corporate transactions and global restructurings. Key contacts include Roland Turnill and Andy Ryde.

Other key lawyers:

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

Combining civil and criminal fraud expertise, Slaughter and May represents global corporates, financial institutions and governments on disputes with a fraud component. The firm is 'incredibly experienced at civil fraud work - both investigations and litigation (the latter, on both sides, claimant and defendant)’. A key specialism for the group is complex and cross-border work, with one client noting that ‘for the most difficult and sensitive cases - with the very most at stake - they are the first port of call for the biggest corporates'. Richard Swallow leads the team that includes experienced fraud practitioners Jonathan Cotton and Efstathios Michael.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Incredibly experienced at civil fraud work – both investigations and litigation (the latter, on both sides, claimant and defendant)’.

‘For the most difficult/sensitive cases – with the very most at stake – they are the first port of call for the biggest corporates’.

‘They are fantastically (and uniformly) smart, hard-working, engaging and wonderful lawyers. I would highly recommend them’.

‘Jonathan (Jonny) Cotton is hugely knowledgeable in fraud matters. An absolute star. And a very safe pair of hands’.

‘Efstathios Michael has incredible attention to detail and is hugely smart. One of the very best’.

‘Megan Sandler is a senior associate, but she is partner material through and through. A total star in the making’. 

Key clients

Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

Former director of Patisserie Valerie

Mercuria Energy Trading Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from US$2 billion “tuna bond scandal”
  • Advising former director of Patisserie Valerie in connection with claims in relation to the very significant accounting fraud in the company which ultimately led to its insolvency
  • Advising Mercuria Energy Europe Trading in claims brought against it and its co-defendant, the Royal Bank of Scotland, arising out of missing trader VAT in the carbon emissions market (“carousel fraud”).

Employment > Employers Tier 3

In the employers arena, Slaughter and May concentrates not just on board-level employment matters but also demonstrates ‘particular strength in its expertise in support of mergers and acquisitions’. Other strong suits of the team - which is presided over by Charles Cameron - are TUPE transfers, large-scale redundancies and reorganisations and sensitive internal investigations. Key names within the department are Padraig Cronin and Philip Linnard, both of whom have considerable expertise in outsourcings, board-level recruitment and exits, whistleblowing and executive remuneration issues.

Practice head(s):

Charles Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Padraig Cronin; Philip Linnard; Philippa O’Malley

Testimonials

Outstanding employment team, who demonstrate flexibility to accommodate the demands of our business. Friendly, supportive but able to challenge without conflict. Their ways of working (in partnership) with our business has been excellent.

Padraig Cronin has been our key point of contact. An individual who has demonstrated considerable knowledge in specific areas of employment law (TUPE) and been able to operationalise this to the benefit of our business.’

The team demonstrates many of the attributes found when using any major law firm: availability, knowledge of the law and a team that works well together. However, there is an important difference between simply interpreting the law and applying know-how. The team at S&M are able to do both, providing clear advice so that high profile employment issues can be dealt with properly and fairly, taking into account the perspectives of different stakeholders.’

The Slaughter and May employment law team has particular strength in its expertise in support of mergers and acquisitions, and in the depth of its bench. They are sophisticated practitioners and experts in employment law, and they are pragmatic and responsive. A first rate employment law practice compared to other firms.

Key clients

Aviva plc

Bupa

Countrywide

De La Rue plc

Diageo

Drax Group plc

Land Securities Group plc

Oxford Sciences Innovation

Premier Foods plc

Prudential plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Everis on an innovative payroll funding scheme, to assist employers whose financial situation has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advised Walmart on the employment aspects of its sale of Asda through an auction process involving three private equity bidders.
  • Advised Santander on the employment, incentives and pensions aspects of the reorganisation of its UK business, including complex TUPE and cross-border issues.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 3

Given the firm's roster of top tier coporate clients, Slaughter and May is primarily focused on debtor-side mandates, both in a restructuring and formal insolvency context. Much of its work derives from listed companies and the firm is consequently highly conversant at advising such clients on the often unique challenges associated with restructuring Plcs.  Headed by the 'outstanding' Ian Johnson, the firm is able to advise on big-ticket multi-jurisdictional mandates, due to its best friend relationships and 'commitment to working with the best local talent in other jurisdictions'. Johnson is at the vanguard of developments in the market, and has gained acclaim for his effective use of the newly enacted UK Restructuring Plan 'in a number of different situations and circumstances'. The 'very commercial and responsive' Tom Vickers is also a key member of the team and regularly acts alongside Johnson on many of the firm's highest-profile deals, including in relation to financial services insolvencies - another niche specialism of the group.

Practice head(s):

Ian Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Vickers; Tim Newey; Josh Bauernfreund; Edward Couzens

Testimonials

The partners are very hands on; they handle top of market, cutting-edge work that requires partner time, and as a client you absolutely always have their attention. I also find them on the cutting-edge of law firm collaboration – these are UK law experts, willing and in fact committed to working with the best local talent in other jurisdictions.’

‘It is a great team that offers pragmatic and practical advice to clients. They also know how to navigate issues associated with restructuring Plc clients.’

The firm provides responsive and incisive advice that adapts to changing circumstances.’

‘The outstanding Ian Johnson is at the forefront of new UK Restructuring Plan and the ability to use this in a number of different situations and circumstances.’

‘Ian Johnson and Tom Vickers are completely unflappable – they are not only top experts in the field, they command the room and are never flustered. They instil complete confidence in the client.’

Tom Vickers provides very commercial, clear and articulate advice.’

Key clients

Premier Oil

Valaris

Seadrill

Interserve Group

Diamond Offshore Drilling

Hema B.V.

The Restaurant Group plc

Revolution Bars Group plc

ASOS

Davidson Kempner

Oaktree

Tiger Resources

Tata Steel

Atlas Mara

Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

PwC

AlixPartners

Work highlights

  • Advising Valaris Plc, an industry leading offshore drilling service provider that operates one of the largest global fleets in the sector, on its comprehensive financial restructuring to be implemented through prearranged Chapter 11 cases and a parallel pre-pack administration.
  • Advising Premier Oil on its extremely complex financial restructuring, which has included an opposed scheme of arrangement, following which a reverse and related debt restructuring has been implemented through a takeover restructuring plan.
  • Advised ASOS Plc on its successful bid for, and ultimate acquisition of, the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands (and related stock) from the Arcadia group in administration.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Slaughter and May has a multi-specialist finance practice, in which several partners have expertise in both OTC and exchange-traded derivatives ranging from plain vanilla interest rate and currency derivatives, through commodity and energy derivatives, to equity and credit-linked products and derivatives linked to real estate, insurance and pensions. The firm also handles complex and innovative structured products and regulatory matters for banks and financial institutions, investment funds, insurers, pension funds, sovereign entities and corporates. Oliver Wicker, who recently advised financial institutions on several structured repo transactions, and Guy O’Keefe are the lead partners. Ed Fife frequently handles secured lending and derivatives transactions, including ISDA documentation and equity-related products. He recently advised Treasury Spring Management on a repo transaction and negotiated the terms of the TBMA/ISMA Global Master Repurchase Agreement. 'The team is exceptionally clever and can be trusted 100% with the most complex issues', remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Wicker; Guy O’Keefe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally clever and can be trusted 100% with the most complex issues. Partners are always very involved. They are our go-to firm for our most challenging problems!’

‘Oliver Wicker – probably the cleverest partner we work with, he has a handle on an extremely wide range of complex products. Ed Fife is client centric and will always step in to help solve our most pressing issues.’

Key clients

United Utilities plc

TreasurySpring Management

INEOS

International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company

Drax

Work highlights

  • Put in place a repurchase transaction and negotiated the terms of the TBMA/ISMA Global Master Repurchase Agreement for Treasury Spring Management. This transaction is a key step in the development and growth of TreasurySpring’s repo business.
  • Advised United Utilities on a range of financing and derivatives matters, including on its entry into new, or amended, derivatives contracts by UU and UUWL and the novation of certain of UUWL’s derivatives contracts to new counterparties; and the adherence by UU and UUWL to the ISDA 2018 U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol and the ISDA 2020 IBOR Fallbacks Protocol.
  • Advised the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (“IFFIm”) in respect of its hedging arrangements with The Toronto-Dominion Bank, including a one-way credit support mechanism.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 3

Slaughter and May has 'a highly cohesive team that delivers a seamless service regardless of transaction complexity'. Oliver Wicker and Guy O’Keefe are the lead partners in a 17-partner finance practice, in which all lawyers handle a broad range of work from securitisation and structured finance to debt capital markets. This multi-specialist approach sees the firm involved in RMBS, CMBS, credit card, trade receivables, auto-loans and WBS deals, as well as CLOs and covered bonds. Known best as an issuer-side practice, it increasingly acts for banks and other financial institutions, as well as investment funds, insurers, pension funds and sovereign entities. Wicker acted for Arrow Global Group Plc in the establishment of a €104.7m amortising asset-backed securitisation facility. Richard Jones has almost 20 years' experience in securitisations involving credit card, store card, point-of-sale, personal loan, auto loan and mortgage receivables.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Wicker; Guy O’Keefe

Other key lawyers:

Richard Jones; Caroline Phillips

Testimonials

‘A highly cohesive team delivers a seamless service regardless of transaction complexity and/or evolution during negotiations. Even during lockdowns, the team was readily available and responsive.’

‘Caroline Phillips and associates Yeo Xian Wei and Stuti Sarin are all extremely knowledgeable, approachable and friendly. Together, they made a great team.’

Key clients

Arrow Global Group plc

Aviva

INEOS

Lendco Limited

NewDay Cards Ltd

Paragon

Paratus AMC

Punch Taverns

Work highlights

  • Advised M&G in relation to its investment in what is believed to be the second mobile handset securitisation in Europe and the first in which subordinated notes were issued to an external investor.
  • Advised the joint lead managers on Turbo 9 Finance Plc’s securitisation backed by hire purchase agreements (including personal contract purchase contracts) originated by MotoNovo Finance Limited.
  • Advised Lendco Limited in connection with its debut securitisation of buy-to-let mortgages relating to UK property and related take-out arrangements in respect of its Talworth warehouse facility.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

While Slaughter and May is a key name in the City for large corporate transactions, it also provides retail clients with standalone support across a number of practice areas, including restructuring and insolvency, financing, and real estate. It acts for leading high street names, major online retailers and large international consumer companies, with particular expertise in fashion and food and drink. Some of the partners most active in this space are Andy Ryde and Sally Wokes, who advised Walmart in its proposed sale of a majority stake in Asda Group Limited.

Practice head(s):

Rob Innes; Andrew Jolly; Victoria MacDuff; Simon Nicholls; John Papanichola; Andy Ryde; Sally Wokes

Testimonials

100% delivery track record for us – it’s truly impressive, not many firms can claim that.’

Practical hands-on advice. Great knowledge of our sector and always available.’

Key clients

ASOS

Burberry

Coca-Cola European Partners

Diageo

Hema

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Ocado

Reckitt Benckiser

Richemont

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Advised Reckitt Benckiser Group plc on a transaction for the sale of Scholl to Yellow Wood Partners.
  • Advised Walmart on the proposed sale of a majority stake in Asda Group Limited (Asda), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart, to a consortium comprising the Issa brothers and TDR Capital.
  • Acted for HEMA B.V., one of the largest and most iconic retailers in the Netherlands, on its successful scheme of arrangement and its wider restructuring.

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Paul Dickson; Nick Pacheco

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Magic circle firm Slaughter and May is renowned for its transactional capabilities, regularly handling complex, business-critical transactions for infrastructure, energy and natural resources clients. Jointly led by Hywel Davies and Michael Corbett, the practice has a strong corporate focus, as well as notable expertise in renewables. Project finance lawyer Azadeh Nassiri is a core member of the group, as is projects expert Richard Todd. Newly promoted partner Oliver Moir has a real estate focus to his energy practice and is recommended for large-scale project developments in the natural resources space. The group also has vast regulatory experience.

Practice head(s):

Hywel Davies; Michael Corbett

Key clients

Drax Group

Aggreko

Aker Horizons AS

Centrica Plc

OVO Energy

Contour Global Plc

YTL

Ørsted

Work highlights

  • Advised Aggreko plc on the recommended cash acquisition of its entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital by Albion Acquisitions Limited.
  • Advised Centrica plc on its agreement to sell its North American energy supply, services and trading business, Direct Energy, to NRG Energy for $3.625bn in cash.
  • Advising Aker Horizons AS, a subsidiary of Aker ASA, on its proposed acquisition of 75% of Mainstream Renewable Power Limited, a leading independent renewable energy business within onshore and offshore wind and solar.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Praised for providing ‘a competitive edge in real estate deals’, magic circle firm Slaughter and May is instructed on all types of direct and indirect investment, frequently acting on large portfolio transactions in addition to those with cross-border elements. The 'first-class' team, which has 'a reputation for excellence', is also a strong player in the development field, working closely with its construction, planning, finance and environmental colleagues to serve as one-stop destination for major projects. It is also active in the corporate occupier space where it leverages a long-standing reputation as a go-to name for headquarter moves and developments and has also recently handled an array of CVA, rent payment agreement, regearing leases and restructuring matters owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head; she has first-rate expertise in relation to sports stadiums, advising both Arsenal and Everton FC on projects at their respective stadiums in recent years. Further key names include John Nevin, who has 'excellent business sense and a keen understanding of the law’, as well as senior counsel Simon Bartle, who is ‘adept in navigating through complex transactions’.

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jane Edwarde is an extremely responsive partner who is always on hand to provide commercially minded legal support. Great to work with.’

‘A wonderful firm – you can tell they only hire the best.’

‘John Nevin is unique in that he has excellent business sense as well as a keen understanding of the law.’

‘Richard Todd is an extremely capable partner. Engaging and fully understands the client brief with strong commercial acumen.’

‘A depth of team resource and talent which allows significant transactions across jurisdictions to be handled efficiently.’

‘Top to bottom talent and highly skilled professionals delivering innovative solutions to emerging real estate problems.’

‘John Nevin has expertise and experiencing various types of real estate deals.’

‘Simon Bartle deserves a mention. He is adept at navigating his clients through complex transactions such as development agreements for lease and is excellent at suggesting solutions whenever problems are encountered that are acceptable on a commercial and legal footing.’

Key clients

Clothworkers’ Company

Delancey

Derwent London

Fishmongers’ Company

Global Infrastructure Partners

Legal & General

Masterworks

Midlothian Capital Partners

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Bourne Leisure on the sale of a majority stake to Blackstone. The transaction involved 55 holiday sites and values the business at £3bn.
  • Advised NTT Urban Development Corporation on the acquisition of 130 Wood Street, London EC2 through its local subsidiary, UD Europe Limited.
  • Advised Derwent London on the sale of 2&4 Soho Place, part of a 285,000 sq ft development above the Tottenham Court Road Elizabeth Line station.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Known for its work on large infrastructure projects, Slaughter and May offers expertise in both high and low-risk construction matters. The team has notably been involved in a number of stadium projects, in particular acting on behalf of Premier League football teams, and has a growing number of contractors on its client roster. Richard Todd heads up the construction team, advising on the engineering, operations and maintenance aspects of international and domestic projects. Senior associate Tom Inker is also well regarded for his large project work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Todd

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Slaughter & May were the most professional, the most competitive and the most knowledgeable about potential things that could occur and how they would deal with those eventualities.’

‘Honest, truthful advice from throughout the team that is commercial whilst also providing technical knowledge as required.’

‘Tom Inker provides clear advice and makes the technical aspects understandable to accountants to enable informed decisions based on the advice provided.’

‘A team of true experts who have excellent legal acumen as well as invaluable industry knowledge. They really understand our business.’

‘Tom Inker is a highly astute and trusted adviser. He understands the law but always keeps a close eye on pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited

Everton Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Arsenal Football Club

Ocado PLC

Baker McKenzie LLP

Vodafone Limited

Bourne Leisure

Linklaters LLP

Clothworkers’ Company

Diageo PLC

English National Ballet

JLL

Amey PLC

Legal & General

Work highlights

  • Advised Lendlease Construction  Limited in respect of all the construction aspects of the Athletes’ Village and associated infrastructure for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • Advising Everton FC on its groundbreaking 52,000-seat stadium project.
  • Advising Ocado PLC on all construction aspects of the fit-out and construction of an associated yard at its new customer fulfilment centre at Symmetry Park.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

The practice at Slaughter and May advises on the environmental aspects of major transactions in the oil and gas, waste and energy spaces, including several recent big-ticket international deals. A number of transactions are driven by sustainability objectives or decarbonisation strategies, where the team’s environmental input plays even more of a key role. Energy, natural resources and infrastructure expert Richard Todd jointly leads the practice with senior counsel Samantha Brady, who has a broad range of expertise covering contamination, permitting and compliance matters, among others.

Practice head(s):

Richard Todd; Samantha Brady

Key clients

INEOS

Orsted

KKR

Viridor

Arsenal

Tata Steel

Drax

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR on the acquisition of recycling, renewable energy and waste management company Viridor from Pennon (with an enterprise value of £4.2 billion).
  • Advising INEOS on the acquisition of BP’s global petrochemicals business for $5 billion, and on related acquisition financing arrangements.
  • Advised Drax on the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise Limited, which holds four combined cycle gas turbine power stations, to VPI Generation Limited, as part of its drive to become a carbon negative business by 2030.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 4

Slaughter and May's broad-based finance offering - which mirrors the firm's overarching generalist ethos - derives the majority of its acquisition finance mandates from the firm's deep-rooted ties with FTSE 100 and 250 corporates. Team head Philip Snell is often at the forefront of the highest-profile acquisition finance mandates handled by the firm, although over the last 12 months he has been more active assisting these companies on their financing and liquidity needs throughout the pandemic. A corollary of the firm's market-leading M&A practice, the firm also has niche expertise advising on "certain funds" public bid finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Philip Snell

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Tobin; Simon Hall; Robert Byk; Ed Fife; Guy O’Keefe; Caroline Phillips; Richard Jones; Azadeh Nassiri; Susan Hughes; Samay Shah

Key clients

Coca Cola European Partners

Deutsche Bank

Givaudan

Interserve

Ineos

Ovo

Novo Nordisk

Premier Oil

Signature Aviation

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Advised Coca-Cola European Partners plc on its entry into a €4.4bn acquisition bridge facility agreement in connection with the proposed acquisition by CCEP of Australian listed company Coca-Cola Amatil.
  • Advised Interserve on the sale of its Support Services division to Mitie Group plc in consideration of £120m in cash and a 17.5% shareholding in Mitie Group plc.
  • Advised Walmart on the assessment and terms of the purchasers’ acquisition financing arrangements for the sale of a majority stake in Asda Group Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart, to a consortium comprising the Issa brothers and TDR Capital

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Slaughter and May is praised for its ‘excellent insight into the industry sectors of its client base’ including insurers, with the team handling complex and unique insurance matters. The team, which is led by Richard Swallow, includes ‘stellar insurance and reinsurance partnerEfstathios Michael, who acts for insurers, reinsurers and brokers.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow (disputes); Efstathios Michael

Other key lawyers:

Damian Taylor; Ewan Brown; Nupur Upadhyay

Testimonials

‘Efstathios Michael is a stellar insurance and reinsurance partner; he stands out for his combination of great commercial instinct, intellect and fantastic humour. An absolute gem of an insurance lawyer.’

‘The team shows an excellent insight into the industry sectors of its client base which enable them to deliver pragmatic advice and inspire confidence.’

‘Efstathios Michael is always quick to identify the key issues in a dispute and the range of options available to clients, which reflect a keen understanding of his clients’ strategic priorities. Efstathios is sharp and inspires a great sense of confidence. Efstathios is a powerful orator, who is persuasive, yet pragmatic.’

‘They take a practical, commercial approach to the resolution of insurance and reinsurance disputes, but do so while attempting to ensure that the client is in the best possible position to win should the matter fight in arbitration, court or any other forum. They go above and beyond to ensure that the optimum result is achieved. While being rigorous in their approach, they always act in a courteous, receptive and friendly manner which creates a very positive atmosphere. This is conducive to getting the best result for the client.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance plc

Marsh Limited

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Advising Zurich on high profile business interruption insurance FCA test case.
  • Advising Marsh in relation to matters arising out of a specialist insurance policy following the explosion of a satellite.
  • Advising Aviva and Direct Line in connection with potential business interruption claims arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

Slaughter and May is strong in acting for borrowers which are active in the investment and development sectors. The residential property, logistics, hotels and student accommodation sectors are also areas of expertise for the firm. The 'incredibly knowledgeableMatthew Tobin brings his experience as head of the firm's debt capital markets and sustainable finance practices to property finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Tobin

Testimonials

‘Slaughter and May have always taken the time to understand our business and our needs. They have excellent resources and are always able to meet tight deadlines and resolve any complex issues.’

‘Matthew Tobin has always provided an exceptional service. Matthew is always available, thorough and incredibly knowledgeable. He understand our business and adds value to every transaction.’

Key clients

Barratt Developments

Countrywide

Derwent London

Elysian Residences

Harbour Castle

Halsbury Homes

Midlothian Capital Partners

Rightmove

SEGRO

Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

  • Advised Workspace Group PLC on the issuance of a debut sterling-denominated senior unsecured guaranteed green bond issuance in an aggregate principal amount of £300m and for a term of seven years.
  • Advised a client in relation to the mezzanine financing to Bricks Capital in connection with the completion and fit out by Bricks of a hotel in at the Silverstone Grand Prix Park to be managed by Hilton Garden Inn.
  • Advised Rightmove on its successful application to the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Active across a diverse range of sectors including retail, technology, fashion, industrial and life sciences, Slaughter and May’s IP team receives contentious and non-contentious mandates in equal measure. Practice head David Ives acts on the majority of instructions, ranging from IP licensing and commercial deals to cross-border trade mark litigation. Head of technology Rob Sumroy assists with commercial IP matters in the emerging fintech sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Ives

Other key lawyers:

Rob Sumroy; Duncan Blaikie; Laura Houston; Richard McDonnell

Testimonials

‘Excellent cohesion and attention to detail. Highly skilled and responsive.’

‘They are a very creative team. They always listen to the client and prioritise the client’s needs – this comes across in their attitude and approach to large projects. Not intimidated or afraid to tackle difficult legal issues. They then employ their brilliant minds in a collegiate environment to make it work.’

‘David Ives and Richard McDonnell provide outstanding service and are both personable and likeable outside of the office environment.’

‘David Ives is constantly available and knows what he’s doing – he is able to deliver strategically and one of the best project managers we’ve ever worked with. He has developed a great team that he can trust. Richard McDonnell is an exceptional associate and all over the detail.’

‘Richard McDonnell is an exceptional associate and all over the detail.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline plc

John Lewis/Waitrose

Walmart Inc

Marks & Spencer

Asda Stores Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Schroders plc

A Plastic Free Planet

Piasten

Marston’s plc

World Golf Systems

TVS Motor Company

Enara Bio

Magway Limited

Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Aurora Expeditions

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostic (“FIND”)

Work highlights

  • Advised the John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose Limited on a long-term arrangement with Shell for the operation of Waitrose-branded areas at Shell’s UK petrol station forecourt estate.
  • Advised SC Ventures, the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered, on its partnership with Northern Trust, a leading provider of asset servicing, to launch Zodia Custody, an institutional-grade custody solution for cryptocurrencies.
  • Has advised Marks & Spencer for over 15 years on a wide range of international IP licensing matters in relation to its international franchise and distribution network.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

Slaughter and May's sports team is led by by corporate, commercial and finance specialist Andrew Jolly. Examples of the team’s track record including advising INEOS on the acquisition of French football club OGC Nice, supporting Arsenal on the public takeover offer by KSE and more recently, advising AS Roma on the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jolly

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Slaughter and May's international arbitration practice is experienced in complex, large-scale arbitrations under all the major institutional rules, such as ICC, LCIA, SIAC, ICSID, as well as the UNCITRAL rules; it also acts in arbitration-related court proceedings in the English and overseas courts. 'Dynamic duo' James Stacey and Damian Taylor co-head the practice, which includes energy sector expert Efstathios Michael and Peter Wickham, who made partner in March 2021. Former disputes and investigations head Sarah Lee has retired.

Practice head(s):

James Stacey; Damian Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Efstathios Michael; Jonathan Clark; Peter Wickham; Megan Sandler; Smriti Sriram

Testimonials

A dynamic, experienced arbitration team, with a stellar client base; the Slaughters arbitration team is seamless, and one of the firms I enjoy working with the most for its exceptionally talented lawyers.

The whole team has an aura of quiet confidence – always one step ahead, whether it is in meeting deadlines or in tactical play, which means nothing ever surprises them.

Always immaculately prepared – this arbitration team deserves to be more widely known.

Damian Taylor and James Stacey are a dynamic duo.

Damian Taylor combines a ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ approach with a deep understanding of the commercial realities -highly recommended.

James Stacey is scarily intelligent and the nicest man you could choose to meet – a devastating combination in arbitration.

Efstathios Michael is incredibly thorough and incisive.

Peter Wickham is hardworking and a pleasure to work with – he will go far.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Best known for its expertise in energy projects, football stadia and urban developments, Slaughter and May continue to be instructed on large-scale projects by its diverse client base. Senior associate Richard Keczkes, who leads the team, is experienced in planning, environmental and compulsory purchase matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Keczkes

Other key lawyers:

Jane Edwarde

Testimonials

‘Fantastic people to work with, their knowledge and professionalism has been outstanding.’

‘The team are efficient, diligent and carry themselves calmly in potentially confrontational meetings, sticking only to factual information.’

Key clients

Arsenal FC

Bourne Leisure

Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Drax Group

Elysian Residences

Essex County Council

Everton FC

Fishmongers’ Company

Halsbury Homes Group

Hitech Vision

INEOS

Jones Lang LaSalle

Legal & General

London Resort Company Holdings

Ocado Group

Work highlights

  • Securing planning permission for Everton FC to develop a new 52,888 capacity stadium in Liverpool’s World Heritage Site at Bramley Moore Dock and on the mixed use redevelopment of Goodison Park.
  • Securing planning permission for The Clothworkers’ Company to develop a new 35 storey office tower at Fenchurch Street (1 million square feet of new space).
  • Advising Essex County Council on the development of its new county-wide energy from waste facility: planning applications, public inquiries and High Court litigation.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 6

In addition to advising on buyouts and investments, the private equity team at Slaughter and May also advises on portfolio company M&A, share issues, and management incentives. Practice head Jeff Twentyman is frequently instructed by American buyout houses on deals in the UK, while Filippo de Falco is 'a very focused and sharp operator' who is active across private and public M&A in addition to private equity. Harry Bacon is particularly active in advising on minority investments.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Twentyman; Filippo de Falco; Harry Bacon

Testimonials

‘Slaughter and May apply their very thorough and sharp skills to the PE mid market well.’

‘Filippo de Falco is a very focused and sharp operator, who understands the complexities of the transactional dynamics well.’

Key clients

3i Group

Apollo

Blackrock

Blackstone

Corsair Capital

CVC Capital Partners

First Reserve

Francisco Partners

Inflexion

Intriva Capital

Investindustrial

Kingsway Capital Partners

KKR

Midlothian Capital Partners

NewDay

Palamon Capital Partners

Pollen Street Capital

Silver Lake

Värde Partners

 

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities business on its investment in Ki.
  • Advising Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. on the acquisition of Viridor Limited by one of its infrastructure funds for an enterprise value of £4.2 billion.
  • Advising RiverStone on the acquisition of the Neon Group from American Financial Group, Inc.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

As befits the firm's generalist ethos, while Slaughter and May may lack a discrete asset finance offering, it handles a not inconsiderable volume of transactional work in the transport sector for a number of core clients of the firm including Rolls-Royce, International Airlines Group and British Airways. Robert Byk is the main contact and the de-facto asset finance team head.

Practice head(s):

Robert Byk

Other key lawyers:

Harry Walker

Key clients

British Airways

International Airlines Group (IAG)

BlackRock

Rolls-Royce

Orient Overseas (International) Limited

Legal & General Investment Management

The Department for Transport

Work highlights

  • Advising International Airlines Group on the complex asset finance and leasing aspects of its proposed €1bn acquisition of Air Europa.
  • Advising International Airlines Group on its €1.2bn issuance of euro-denominated senior unsecured bonds.
  • Advising Rolls-Royce on its £2bn term loan with a syndicate of banks. The loan is partially supported by a guarantee from UK Export Finance.

Belgium > Competition: EU and global

Slaughter and May combines an active merger control practice, including high-profile involvement in major global clearances, with a strong record in major antitrust investigations and litigation, notably the Google AdSense case, state aid matters, marketing and consumer issues, and follow-on damages proceedings. The practice is active on behalf of major multinational names, and draws upon expertise from Brussels resident partners as well as London-based members of the Brussels Bar. Key names in the team include Bertrand Louveaux and Claire Jeffs, co-chairs of the competition team, Brussels office head Anna Lyle-Smythe, and Natalie Yeung, who takes the lead on Asia-domiciled matters. Jordan Ellison and Kerry O’Connell are also noted for their strong work on mergers and broad antitrust issues.

Testimonials

‘Slaughter and May always provide cutting edge advice which is also highly practical.’

‘The team is proactive and commercial and delivers succinct, client-friendly advice. Advisers are prepared to take a position and do not sit on the fence.’

‘Anna Lyle-Smythe is a commercially astute, technically strong and practical adviser who thinks outside of the box and provides consistently commercially relevant and client-friendly advice.’

‘S&M is a top firm with an impressive client list, very smart lawyers and a committed work ethic. They also have exceptionally good gender diversity within their competition team.’

‘Very experienced team, well-connected to the commission and other influencers. Breadth of clients across wide range of sectors which gives them useful cross-fertilising insights. Can draw on other partners and skills as required, very effectively.’

‘Anna Lyle-Smythe is excellent. She has a clarity of communication and an ability to present the legal analysis in the relevant commercial context. She is realistic and sees the essence of the client challenges and is always focused on finding great solutions.’

‘Top quality team with a very high standard of client service. Commitment to getting to know the client’s business and putting forward the same individuals to build that understanding over multiple deals. Outstanding at explaining complex matters in a simple way including when working with non-lawyers. Responsive and fun to work with. Overall, a very impressive team.’

‘The individuals in this team stand out for their ability to get to grips with the underlying businesses and developed a good understanding of very technical product areas. Their advice is practical, clear and timely and their standards are always upheld. They take genuine ownership and responsibility and are low maintenance from a client perspective.’

Key clients

Alexion

Analog Devices Inc

ARM Holdings

ASOS

British Airways/IAG

DS Smith

Elanco

Facebook

Google

GlaxoSmithKline

INEOS

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Mitsui

Panasonic/Toyota

RSA Insurance Group

Signature Aviation

S&P Global (including Platts)

Spectris

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on various matters, including the EC AdSense investigation and Google’s appeal of the EC decision before the General Court, the EC investigation into its online advertising technology, among other matters.
  • Advising IAG on the EU merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of Spanish airline Air Europa from Globalia. The proposed acquisition is currently subject to an in-depth Phase II investigation with the European Commission.
  • Advising S&P Global on the international filings for its proposed €44bn merger with IHS Markit.

Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm advising on high-profile and groundbreaking transactions and disputes around the world. The firm has a global reputation for being elite in what we do – providing clients with a professional service of the highest calibre, combining technical excellence with commercial awareness and a practical, constructive approach to legal issues.

Our Approach

Three key features of our approach differentiate us: our client focus, our multi-specialism and our international approach.

We put the needs of our clients centre stage and are client, rather than product, focused. Understanding, anticipating and satisfying their individual legal needs is, for us, a priority. This commitment, combined with our in-depth knowledge and experience across their industries, allows us to deliver the highest level of service.

Our lawyers are multi-specialist, equipped to handle a broad range of matters. This versatility enables us to field fewer people for each matter, which gives clients a single point of contact with whom they can build a close working relationship.

The majority of our work is cross-border in nature and we work across the globe. Our approach is shaped by the belief that complex, high-profile matters need first-class legal expertise and we can deliver that to clients wherever they need it.

Other offices: Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Steve Cookesteve.cooke@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7600 1200
Co-Head of Corporate Andy Rydeandy.ryde@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3480
Co-Head of Corporate Roland Turnillroland.turnill@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3040
Co-Head of Competition Bertrand Louveauxbertrand.louveaux@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4173
Co-Head of Competition Claire Jeffsclaire.jeffs@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4031
Head of Disputes and Investigations Richard Swallowrichard.swallow@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4094
Head of Financial Regulation Jan Putnisjan.putnis@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3211
Head of Financing Philip Snellphilip.snell@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3105
Head of IP/IT Rob Sumroyrob.sumroy@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4032
Head of Pensions, Employment and Incentives Charles Cameroncharles.cameron@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5086
Head of Real Estate Jane Edwardejane.edwarde@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5095
Head of Tax Mike Lanemike.lane@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5358
Asset Management Paul Dicksonpaul.dickson@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3424
Asset Management Robin Oglerobin.ogle@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3118
Asset Management Jan Putnisjan.putnis@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3211
Asset Management Jonathan Marksjonathan.marks@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3056
Asset Management Nick Pacheconicholas.pacheco@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3143
Banking and Finance Jan Putnisjan.putnis@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3211
Banking and Finance Roland Turnillroland.turnill@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3040
Banking and Finance Ben Kingsleyben.kingsley@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3169
Banking and Finance Nick Bonsallnick.bonsall@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4276
Consumer and Retail Andy Rydeandy.ryde@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3480
Consumer and Retail John Papanicholajohn.papanichola@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3031
Consumer and Retail Simon Nichollssimon.nicholls@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3372
Consumer and Retail Sally Wokessally.wokes@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5312
Consumer and Retail Victoria MacDuffvictoria.macduff@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3104
Government Robin Oglerobin.ogle@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3118
Fintech Rob Sumroyrob.sumroy@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4032
Fintech Ben Kingsleyben.kingsley@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3169
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences David Johnsondavid.johnson@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3385
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Simon Nichollssimon.nicholls@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3372
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Claire Jacksonclaire.jackson@slaughterandmay.com+44(0) 20 7090 5089
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Laura Houstonlaura.houston@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4230
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Christian Boneychristian.boney@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5329
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Duncan Blaikieduncan.blaikie@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4275
Industrial Products and Services Andy Rydeandy.ryde@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3480
Industrial Products and Services Robin Oglerobin.ogle@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3118
Industrial Products and Services Richard Smithrichard.smith@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3386
Infrastructure and Energy Hywel Davieshywel.davies@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3102
Infrastructure and Energy Michael Corbettmichael.corbett@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3431
Insurance Jonathan Marksjonathan.marks@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3056
Media & Telecoms Roland Turnillroland.turnill@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3040
Media & Telecoms Paul Dicksonpaul.dickson@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3424
Media & Telecoms Victoria MacDuffvictoria.macduff@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3104
Media & Telecoms Claire Jeffsclaire.jeffs@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4031
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Duncan Blaikie  photo Duncan Blaikie Partner; Duncan advises clients on a full range of intellectual property, technology…
Tim Blanchard photo Tim BlanchardPartner; Tim has a broad investigations and contentious regulatory practice, which spans…
Christian Boney  photo Christian Boney Partner; Christian has a broad corporate practice, with particular experience in public…
Nick Bonsall  photo Nick Bonsall Partner; Nick is a partner in our Financial Regulation Group and a…
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Philippe Chappatte  photo Philippe Chappatte Partner; Philippe is Head of the Competition Group. Philippe has extensive experience…
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Craig Cleaver  photo Craig Cleaver Craig is a partner who has a general commercial, corporate finance and…
James Cook  photo James Cook Partner; James has a broad international corporate and commercial practice, advising on…
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Claire Cooke  photo Claire Cooke Partner; Claire has a broad international financing practice covering acquisition and bid…
Steve Cooke  photo Steve Cooke Steve is the Senior Partner of the firm. He headed our Mergers and…
Michael Corbett  photo Michael Corbett Michael is the Co-Head of our Infrastructure & Energy Group (I&E). He…
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Rebecca Cousin  photo Rebecca Cousin Partner; Rebecca advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters.…
Padraig Cronin  photo Padraig Cronin Padraig has been a partner at the firm since 2001. His previous…
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Paul Dickson  photo Paul Dickson Paul is a partner with a broad practice covering a range of…
Alexander Dustan  photo Alexander Dustan Partner; Alex advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions,…
Steve Edge  photo Steve Edge Partner. advises on the tax aspects of private and public mergers, acquisitions,…
Jane Edwarde  photo Jane Edwarde Partner; Jane is head of the real estate team. She advises in…
Ed Fife  photo Ed Fife Partner; Ed advises borrower clients across a range of vanilla and structured…
Deborah Finkler  photo Deborah Finkler Deborah is a partner who’s practice covers the broad spectrum of commercial…
Steven Galbraith  photo Steven Galbraith Steven is a partner with a broad financing, infrastructure and energy practice including…
Simon Hall  photo Simon Hall Simon is a partner who has been involved in a wide range…
Harry Hecht  photo Harry Hecht Partner; Harry has a broad corporate practice, with particular experience in public…
Laura Houston photo Laura HoustonLaura is a partner in our IP/Tech group and advises clients on…
Susan Hughes  photo Susan Hughes Partner. Susan has a broad financing practice covering acquisition finance, general bank…
Robert Innes  photo Robert Innes Partner; Rob has broad corporate and corporate finance experience, with a focus…
David Ives  photo David Ives Partner. David’s practice covers Intellectual Property, Technology, Outsourcing, and Sport. He is…
Claire Jackson  photo Claire Jackson Partner. Claire has a broad corporate and corporate finance practice, advising on…
Richard Jeens  photo Richard Jeens Partner. Richard has a broad practice covering high profile commercial disputes, investigations…
Claire Jeffs  photo Claire Jeffs Partner. Claire is Co-Chair of the Competition Group globally and works in…
David Johnson  photo David Johnson Partner. David heads one of the firm’s corporate groups and has over 25…
Ian Johnson  photo Ian Johnson Partner.   Ian heads our Restructuring and Insolvency group, and maintains a broad restructuring…
Andrew Jolly  photo Andrew Jolly Andrew is a partner who undertakes a broad range of corporate and…
Richard Jones  photo Richard Jones Richard is a partner with a wide-ranging financing practice covering bank lending,…
Gayathri Kamalanathan photo Gayathri KamalanathanPartner; Gayathri has extensive experience of handling complex domestic and cross-border investigations…
Ben Kingsley photo Ben KingsleyBen is a partner in our Financial Regulation Group and a member…
Mike Lane  photo Mike Lane Mike is Head of our Tax practice. He has extensive experience advising…
Philip Linnard  photo Philip Linnard Partner with a broad transactional and advisory practice, covering all aspects of employment,…
Bertrand Louveaux  photo Bertrand Louveaux Bertrand is Co-Chair of the Competition Group globally and works in Slaughter…
Victoria MacDuff  photo Victoria MacDuff Partner. Victoria has a broad corporate practice and advises on all forms…
Jonathan Marks  photo Jonathan Marks Jonathan is head of one of our corporate groups and our insurance…
Sandeep Maudgil  photo Sandeep Maudgil Sandeep is a partner who advises on a broad variety of pensions…
Charlie McGarel-Groves  photo Charlie McGarel-Groves Partner; Charlie advises public and private institutions, corporates and sponsors on a…
Efstathios Michael  photo Efstathios Michael Efstathios is a partner with a broad-ranging international commercial litigation (including class…
Gareth Miles  photo Gareth Miles Partner. Gareth’s practice covers all direct taxes, stamp duties and value added…
Oliver Moir  photo Oliver Moir Partner; Oly is a member of our infrastructure, energy and natural resources…
Paul Mudie  photo Paul Mudie Partner. PPaul has a wide range of corporate and commercial experience. His…
Azadeh Nassiri  photo Azadeh Nassiri Partner. Azadeh has a broad financing practice covering acquisition and general bank…
John Nevin  photo John Nevin Partner with cconsiderable experience in a wide range of real estate work.…
Simon Nicholls  photo Simon Nicholls Simon is a partner who advises on a wide range of corporate…
Guy O Guy O"keefeGuy is a partner with a wide ranging financing practice which covers…
Robin Ogle  photo Robin Ogle Robin is a partner in our corporate and asset management practice and…
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John Papanichola  photo John Papanichola John is a partner with a broad corporate and corporate finance practice. He…
Caroline Phillips  photo Caroline Phillips Caroline is a partner with a broad international practice covering banking, capital markets,…
Jan Putnis  photo Jan Putnis an is Head of our Financial Regulation Group and a member of…
Dominic Robertson  photo Dominic Robertson Dominic advises a wide range of businesses on all areas of tax…
Andy Ryde  photo Andy Ryde Andy is Head of our Corporate practice. He is active in all…
Camilla Sanger photo Camilla SangerCamilla is a partner with a wide experience of handling complex and…
Daniel Schaffer  photo Daniel Schaffer Dan is a partner in our Pensions Employment & Incentives Group. He…
Samay Shah  photo Samay Shah Partner; Samay has a broad financing practice covering acquisition finance, general bank…
Richard Smith  photo Richard Smith Partner. Richard has a broad corporate and corporate finance practice with particular…
Philip Snell  photo Philip Snell Philip is a partner with a broad banking and finance practice advising…
James Stacey  photo James Stacey James is a partner in the Disputes and Investigations Group, and is…
Paul Stacey  photo Paul Stacey Paul is our Executive Partner with responsibility for our overall management strategy,…
Rob Sumroy  photo Rob Sumroy Rob is a partner in our IP/Tech group and Head of our…
Richard Swallow  photo Richard Swallow Richard is Head of our Disputes and Investigations Group. Areas of particular…
Isabel Taylor  photo Isabel Taylor Isabel is a partner with aat competition and regulatory practice and advises across…
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Matthew Tobin  photo Matthew Tobin Matthew is Head of our Debt Capital Markets practice. He advises on…
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Roland Turnill  photo Roland Turnill Roland is Head of our Mergers and Acquisitions practice and Co-Head of…
William Turtle  photo William Turtle William is a partner based in London, but spends a significant amount…
Jeff Twentyman  photo Jeff Twentyman Jeff is a partner who undertakes a broad range of corporate and…
Tom Vickers  photo Tom Vickers Tom is a partner who advises across the full spectrum of restructuring…
Holly Ware photo Holly WareHolly is a partner with a broad practice including commercial, competition and…
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Oliver Wicker  photo Oliver Wicker Oliver is a partner and has developed a leading bank and borrower…
Peter Wickham photo Peter WickhamPeter is a partner in the Disputes and Investigations Group and has…
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Sally Wokes  photo Sally Wokes Partner. Sally advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions.…
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Filippo de Falco  photo Filippo de Falco Partner; Filippo advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters,…
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UK Fee earners : 704

The Lex 100 Verdict

Magic Circle heavyweight Slaughter and May attracts trainees with its ‘big-ticket and complex work’ as well as prestigious reputation. Trainees particularly praise the high standard of training, the ‘lack of a billable hour targets’ and ‘the opportunity to work with extremely bright, highly competent, people, and to learn from them’. The training is described as ‘multi-specialist’ which allows trainees to customise seat options to make the most of multiple types of work. As one trainee put it: ‘I am exposed to a broad range of work which is not so strictly or arbitrarily divided into specific departments’. Another said that ‘in my corporate seat, I completed the full range of public and private work, rather than just being stuck in private equity only, for instance’. Culturally the firm is described as ‘collaborative as opposed to aggressive’. As with many top firms, trainees report challenges with work/life balance exaggerated by working from home. There is also a sense of hierarchy and some issues around inclusivity and representation at higher levels of the firm. Some trainees also found it difficult to integrate into the firm while working remotely. That said, trainees have worked on some headline-grabbing work, such as the restructuring of Arcadia, described as ‘a face-paced but fascinating experience’. Other highlights include ‘working on a high-profile takeover’ and ‘being asked to lead a call with a relatively senior individual at a client in the high fashion industry’. A Lex 100 Winner for living up to expectations, confidence in being kept on and remuneration, Slaughter and May embodies the Magic Circle experience.