Firm Profile > Slaughter and May > London, England

Slaughter and May
ONE BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YY
England

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

Leveraging its blue riband roster of institutional investment grade corporate relationships, Slaughter and May’s ‘depth of borrower expertise is unique in the market’. The firm’s pre-eminent borrower practice is reflected not only through its transactional work but also in the advice it provides to the leading corporate trade body, the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), on LMA documentation relevant to investment grade corporates (this was most recently updated to reflect ongoing reforms to LIBOR, Euribor and other benchmarks). The ‘fantastically commercial’ Matthew Tobin is well-versed at handling a broad array of financing mandates for investment grade corporates, including his recent work for a UK REIT on a revolving credit facility which incorporated a 'green' tranche of debt. Philip Snell advises the treasury departments of a number of large multinational corporations on their financing transactions and the corporate aspects of these.

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Testimonials

‘Richard Jones is absolutely excellent.’

Key clients

INEOS Group Ltd

Premier Oil plc

Prudential plc

Interserve plc

Derwent London plc

Watches of Switzerland plc

Tata Steel Netherlands Holdings BV

Impala Terminals Group S.à.r.l.

Lonza Group AG

Signature Aviation plc

Equiniti Group plc

Vodafone Group plc

CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V.

McKay Securities PLC

Prada SpA

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Slaughter and May's banking litigation practice is 'one of the strongest teams in the market' with a 'deserved Rolls-Royce reputation'. It has 'excellent strength in depth, huge sector expertise and excellent individuals' who handle a full range of domestic and cross-border banking litigation and work closely with the firm's strong global investigations team. Sarah Lee 'is among the best in the field' and leads a group which also includes Deborah Finkler , who has 'immense experience' of acting for major financial institutions; Jonathan Clark, who has particular experience in derivatives disputes and regulatory investigations, and 'excellent junior partner' Camilla Sanger , who frequently defends class and group action claims. Ewan Brown and senior associate Peter Wickham are also active in this space.

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Testimonials

Deserved Rolls-Royce reputation. Very strong and committed partners, an ethos of doing things properly, with a more practical and down-to-earth approach than might be expected from the firm’s exclusive reputation.

One of the strongest teams in the market. They are very much a firm with whom it is a pleasure to work, and whom you don’t want to see on the other side. They have a great depth of experience in the biggest and best cases, and they have an excellent and very large team, meaning they can quickly and easily deal with any issue arising. .

Deborah Finkler has immense experience and offers incisive advice in complex, high profile disputes.

Edward Coles is a standout associate, super judgement and highly energetic.

Efstathios Michael is definitely one of the best in the game. Super smart, super judgement, super committed to the clients’ cause.

Sarah Lee is among the best in the field.

Deborah Finkler is the doyenne of banking disputes.

Camilla Sanger is an excellent junior partner.

Key clients

Standard Life Aberdeen

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Deutsche Bank

Banque Pictet

Credit Suisse

Mercuria Energy Europe Trading Limited

Competition litigation Tier 1

The ‘immensely skilled and experiencedRichard Swallow leads Slaughter and May’s competition litigation group, which has ‘significant resources both at partner and associate level’, and offers ‘unrivalled quality and strength of engagement’. The team has accrued significant experience in standalone claims and significant follow-on damages actions in the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The firm’s litigators are also noted for their work in multijurisdictional disputes, where they regularly appear with practitioners in the firm's ‘best friends’ network. In a notable development, the group bolstered its ability to act on cross-border matters when senior counsel Elizabeth Jordan  joined from Linklaters LLP in January 2020. Camilla Sanger's recent work included collective competition law claims, among other matters. The ‘dynamic and proactiveHolly Ware is experienced in both competition and commercial litigation mandates. Claire Jeffs and Damian Taylor are also recommended.

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Slaughter and May is undoubtedly up there with the very best competition litigation teams in the City of London. The group offers unrivalled quality and strength of engagement at all levels.

In my experience, Slaughter and May’s team is particularly strong in two respects. First, the quality of work produced is excellent – the lawyers nail down the issues and really provide first-class output. Second, the group has significant resources both at partner and associate level: this is definitely a team with sufficient firepower to do a really good job.

As it is well known in the industry, Slaughter and May’s litigation department is involved in many of the leading commercial and competition claims before the English courts. It stands out from other firms as having uniformly able solicitors at all levels of seniority, from trainees to partners. The department has won key roles in two of the largest claims currently before the English courts: the trucks claim and the FX claim, both of which include cutting-edge collective actions.

The team led by Camilla Sanger delivers excellent service, keeps calm even under the most relentless stress, and sees several moves further ahead than the opposition.

Richard Swallow is the doyen of the department in this field; he is immensely skilled and experienced.

Holly Ware is a dynamic and proactive partner, hugely capable and delightful to work with.

Claire Jeffs is a fantastic lawyer, an utterly unflappable and excellent presenter.

Damian Taylor is a brilliant litigator and partner who is surely one to watch as a future superstar.

Key clients

British Airways

First MTR South Western Trains

Deutsche Bank

GlaxoSmithKline

Google

Infineon

JP Morgan Chase Bank

MAN

Philips

Vodafone

Corporate tax Tier 1

The tax department at Slaughter and May is jointly led by M&A and private equity tax expert Gareth Miles and Mike Lane, whose practice covers international taxation and transactional issues. The group continues to advise multinational corporations and financial institutions on corporate, commercial and finance transactions, as well as providing tax consultancy and contentious tax advice. Another well-known name in the team is Steve Edge, who is regularly called upon to assist with tax issues arising from day-to-day business affairs and restructurings. William Watson is noted for his expertise in real estate and oil and gas tax matters. Dominic Robertson is also recommended. Former practice head Sara Luder retired in 2020.

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Testimonials

High level of partnership involvement. Superb technical and commercial acumen.’

Although we faced challenges on some very important and difficult issues, they remained positive and pragmatic throughout, helping us to navigate complex technical subjects and difficult practical questions.’

Mike Lane combines technical experience with acute commercial sensitivity.’

Gareth Miles was exceptional in responding to queries at short notice, and in his practical suggestions on how best to resolve complex issues quickly.’

Key clients

Bupa

Canary Wharf

Drax Power

HM Treasury

INEOS

Ørsted Wind and Power

Royal Dutch Shell

Santander

Virgin

Vodafone

Employee share schemes Tier 1

The pensions, employment and incentives department at Slaughter and May is headed by Charles Cameron and has vast experience of advising companies on all aspects of management and all-employee incentivisation, including navigating corporate governance standards and regulatory requirements, advising remuneration committees on sensitive decisions as well as designing, implementing and operating share and cash-based incentive plans. The team works closely with the firm’s top-tier corporate practice on the incentives and remuneration aspects of major corporate transactions, including those involving major listed companies. Recently, the team has seen considerable growth in its advisory practice, particularly in the financial services sector, and advises numerous LSE listed companies. The team includes multi-specialists who work across the tax, regulatory and employment practices to ensure that clients receive joined-up advice on issues which span different areas. Philip Linnard has particular experience in executive appointments and terminations. 'Incredibly knowledgeable' Padraig Cronin and associate Rosemary Nelson are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘They know the business, know how we operate and take care to ensure that advice provided is in a format that is easy to understand and follow. It is practical as well as theoretical.

‘Rosemary Nelson is always on hand to answer our queries in respect of share schemes in particular and has helped with the renewal of rules on a number of occasions. Her advice is always clear and to the point and suggests alternatives to help resolve situations that arise.’

‘Ian Brown is the leading expert in his field, providing exceptional advice on the operation of incentives and executive remuneration. Commercial, pragmatic advice provided underpinned by technical foundations that are second to none.’

‘Ian Brown and Padraig Cronin are incredibly knowledgeable and very concise and straightforward in their advice. Slaughters obviously has a strong brand name in the market and these two fully justify such a reputation. As well as the legal advice being comprehensive, both have strong client relationship skills.’

Key clients

Ocado Group plc

FirstGroup plc

Whitbread plc

Workspace Group plc

Prudential plc

M&G plc

Reckitt Benckiser plc

Countrywide plc

Close Brothers plc

OneSavings Bank plc

EU and competition Tier 1

Acting across the full gamut of competition law issues, the work of Slaughter and May’s ‘first-class’ team spans complex merger control matters, antitrust investigations, market inquiries and consumer law issues. The London team often acts alongside its Brussels counterparts with practice head Philippe Chappatte and multiple other team members splitting their time between the two offices. The group is noted for its ability to handle high-profile Phase II investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA); of recent note, a team led by Bertrand Louveaux acted for Deliveroo on the UK competition law aspects of Amazon’s acquisition of a 16% stake in the business. Claire Jeffs has considerable experience coordinating merger control issues worldwide. Meanwhile, alongside her general competition law expertise, Isabel Taylor is also highly regarded in the state aid law realm.

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Testimonials

The team is hardworking and commercial. It adopts a no-nonsense approach and provides advice that is concise and to the point.

A first-class team with  formidable strength across all areas of competition law.

The team is simply the best there is. The lawyers are friendly and calm, and get results; they seem to have an infinite production-line of excellent associates coming through, so the firm can staff work at appropriate levels.

The practice has a depth of knowledge and experience in competition law. The expertise in terms of approach to issues has also being valuable in allowing us to collectively take decisions on how to prioritise and proceed with matters. The department’s reputation in this field is second to none.

Slaughter and May’s competition team comprises incredibly committed, intelligent, responsive and creative lawyers. They are eager to learn about new industries and products.

Bertrand Louveaux is outstanding – the most impressive competition lawyer we have worked with.

Isabel Taylor provides a seamless service with articulate, practical, thorough and, most importantly, clear and forthright advice. The team has our complete confidence and takes a proactive approach whilst also being responsive at all times.

Claire Jeffs knows the detail of each individual matter, while also remaining able to see the bigger picture.

Key clients

Allergan

Booking.com

British Airways / IAG

Daily Mail / General Trust

Deliveroo

Diageo

Dignity

DS Smith

Ensco

Ericsson

GlaxoSmithKline

Google

INEOS

John Wood Group

Marsh & McLennan

McGraw Hill

Prosafe

Royal Dutch Shell

Sabre

Salesforce

The Stars Group

Vodafone

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 1

The depth of knowledge at Slaughter and May is ‘first class and has very few peers', according to one client. The firm has particular financial services regulatory expertise in the areas of Fintech, Brexit, prudential advice and ring fencing, as well as providing a range of strategic advice across the sector. Jan Putnis leads the practice and focuses on M&A and strategic projects, including advising global banking groups and financial sector industry bodies on Brexit. Also notable are Ben Kingsley, who specialises in multidisciplinary emerging tech and Fintech; Nick Bonsall, who has experience advising insurers, banks and asset managers on standalone advisory and transactional projects; and senior counsel Kristina Locmele, who has broad financial regulation experience.

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Testimonials

‘Able to opine with confidence and authority on the most complex of issues’

‘Jan Putnis is a leading star across the industry. He is one of a very small number of regulatory lawyers operating at his level’

Key clients

Prudential plc

Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc

UK Asset Resolution

Moody’s

Euroclear SA/NV

Santander UK

Aviva plc

Standard Life Assurance Ltd

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Group

Credit Karma

Standard Chartered Group

OneSavings Bank

Aquis Exchange plc

Zurich Insurance plc

Virtu

Fintech Tier 1

Slaughter and May's 'technically excellent' team advises start-ups and more established financial services and technology companies on all aspects of their business operations, including product structuring, expansion into new territories, regulatory compliance, data protection, IP and corporate transactions. Notably, the firm continues to run its Fast Forward incubator programme, supporting new fintech entrepreneurs and innovators looking to navigate the regulatory regime in the UK. Indeed, in 2019 the firm supported the establishment of three new fintechs through its Fast Forward programme. Ben Kingsley advises clients across the spectrum of fintech issues, covering blockchain and AI, while Rob Sumroy's extensive expertise in the sector includes blockchain projects, data protection, AI and cybersecurity issues.

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‘Strong team across the board.  Rapid turnaround of documents.  Extremely high standard of analysis, strategic thought and drafting.  Very high level of expertise in each subject matter.’

‘Strong intellect.  Have relevant legal principles at their fingertips.  Absorb information and arguments rapidly and form high quality advice and judgement rapidly.’ 

‘The team are technically excellent and have a very commercial, pragmatic approach.’

‘Ben Kingsley is proactive in identifying issues and business needs, is extremely competent and also a pleasure to work with. He’s an invaluable resource in supporting our small, fast-growing legal team in a company moving at an astronomical pace.’

Key clients

Euroclear

Stripe

NewDay

Bud Financial

Credit Karma

OakNorth

WorldRemit

Multiply

TrueLayer

Silicon Valley Bank

Zamna

Virtu

Paymentsense

Treasury Spring

Legal & General

Tully

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Slaughter and May’s team is well-regarded for its work on corporate insurance matters including M&A and restructurings; many recent transactions have featured private equity involvement. The practice is led by Jonathan Marks, who, in addition to handling restructurings and transactions, also advises on de-risking issues. Craig Cleaver focuses on M&A and risk transfer transactions, while Robert Chaplin has a varied practice advising insurers, reinsurers and government departments on insurance matters.

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Testimonials

‘The lawyers are in every respect miles ahead of anyone else. Technical expertise, tactical nous and strategic thinking are unparalleled.’

‘The all round professional brilliance of the people puts them in a league of their own. Robert Chaplin is extraordinarily good.’

‘Extremely engaged and proactive. Some good associates coming up through the ranks to support the partners.’

‘As would be expected, it is a very slick team operation. Different disciplines and expertise are combined and it appears seamless from the client perspective with key messages being relayed from key contact points. What really stands out is the amount of experience the team can bring to bear on our circumstances. It is hard to conceive of circumstances that may catch the team out.’

‘Nicholas Pacheco is able to process highly complex issues and play them back in a very user-friendly way. This is invaluable in bringing the business along on the journey and means progress is often made quickly and efficiently.’

‘Craig Cleaver – charmingly understated and no nonsense, but really knows his stuff. Very easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Allianz

Athora

Aviva

Bupa

Just

Legal & General

Marsh & McClennan

Phoenix/Standard Life

Prudential

RSA

Swiss Re

Zurich

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The broad practice at Slaughter and May covers a range of IT and telecoms matters, including cross-border anti-trust investigations relating to global technology mergers, IP licensing issues and platform redevelopments. The firm’s ‘top knowledge and expertise’ also covers the areas of fintech and blockchain. Practice head Rob Sumroy provides expertise in cyber, e-commerce, data, outsourcing, indirect software licensing and open source issues. The team also includes David Ives, who acts for private and public sector organisations; blockchain and commercial contracts specialist Duncan Blaikie, who is ‘incredibly pro-active, very available and gives practical, commercial advice’; and senior associate Oliver Howley, who has a particular focus on the outsourcing and procurement of complex technological services.

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‘Rob Sumroy has a niche practice within the firm but has created a high quality team with an ability to negotiate contracts in a complex IT environment without losing sight of main commercial imperatives.’

‘The team were relentless in support of us and our pursuit of this deal.’

‘Georgina Hoy was dedicated to getting us the right result and went above and beyond on so many occasions during our transaction’ . 

‘David Ives performed mental agility during negotiations to keep us ahead of the game.’

‘They always provide a very good level of service in terms of availability, speed, quality of advice and communication.’

‘David Ives and Harry Vanner have been very good. One of the things they are really good at is giving peace of mind. If you contact them, you trust that you will receive at least an acknowledgement of your email within a few hours and an answer within the deadline you set.’

‘Slaughter and May’s uniqueness comes from their significant experience and depth of knowledge across all aspects of the contract discussion.’

‘At a cultural level they were very easy to work with, whilst also challenging our views in a constructive and effective way.’

‘One of their key strengths was their ability to translate complex legal terms into a more simple overview, always highlighting the key risks I needed to consider from a commercial perspective.’

‘They were incredibly hard working throughout and helped us achieve the many very aggressive deliverable milestones over what was a complex and protracted negotiation.’ 

‘The Slaughter and May service is unparalleled. The quality of the people, the resources, the energy, the attention to detail, the passion for customer satisfaction combine into a unique seamless package.’

‘Duncan Blaikie is extremely personable with a dry sense of humour which serves very well in circumstances of high pressure. A pleasure to work with and his commitment to the client means that he is someone you want to have in the trenches with you when you are under fire.’

‘Oliver Howley’s attention to detail and systematic approach ensures that no matter how complex the landscape no detail escapes attention.’

‘Duncan Blaikie is a very impressive lawyer who we as an organisation rate very highly.’

Key clients

Sophos

Vodafone

Ericsson

Ocado

Vocalink

TSB

Workspace

Government Digital Office

Zamna

Google

Centrica

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

Slaughter and May's market-leading M&A team acts for roughly one third of the FTSE 100, advising across domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. As well as traditional M&A, the team has a strong reputation advising on take-private matters, working with Merlin Entertainments on its recommended cash offer by a consortium of investors, for example. Senior partner Steve Cooke continues to practise, taking the lead on this mandate alongside  Robert Innes. Roland Turnill leads the M&A practice, principally working on public takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, and initial and secondary public equity offerings. The wider corporate group is under the management of Andy Ryde, who is particularly active on take-private transactions. Other key names in the practice include David Johnson ,who worked on the joint venture between GSK and Pfizer to create a consumer healthcare brand alongside Simon Nicholls.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Handling some of the largest schemes in the UK, the pensions team at Slaughter and May also counts premier clients such as Walmart and Royal Mail within its portfolio. Recent highlights include advising on the Rothesay Life-Asda Group £3.8bn buy-in/buy-out, assisting with Royal Mail's proposed collective money purchase scheme, as well as advising on the whole range of issues for the Railways Pension Trustee Company. The team lead is Charles Cameron, a specialist in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. He is supported by 'original thinker' Sandeep Maudgil (the 'go-to' for collective benefit schemes), 'intellectual giant' Daniel Schaffer (for mergers, demergers and covenants) and the 'very pragmatic' restructuring specialist Philip Linnard. Associates Chris Sharpe and Isobel Carruthers are additional names to note. For dispute resolution, the firm's offering includes experts Sarah Lee and Richard Jeens. Primarily handling work for major clients (such as the Trustees of the BT Pension Scheme), it undertakes High Court applications, professional negligence claims, mediation, benefits disputes and a multiplicity of ombudsman complaints.

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I would go to the Slaughter and May pensions team whenever I required help with innovative or difficult issues. They are at the forefront of thinking in pensions and they can always be relied up to deliver an efficient solution. Excellent all round‘.

The team as a whole is responsive has a great breadth and depth of knowledge of the regulation and the scheme‘.

The team, works as a team i.e. no single point failure risk. The whole team are there for the client and knowledgeable on the matter in hand‘.

I found the team to be knowledgeable and pragmatic. They didn’t get bogged down in the unimportant details but instead presented an appropriate commercial solution. Partner knowledge is excellent and available when necessary. The associates are response, knowledgeable and driven‘.

Sandy Maudgil stands out as an original thinker who can come up with an innovative solution to a difficult scenario. Sandy has delivered on each and every occasion and supported us through some interesting times.’

‘Chris Sharpe is an up and coming associate with excellent skills who is clearly destined for bigger and better things‘.

Dan Schaffer is exemplary in the practical application his personal knowledge and guidance for matters associated with occupational pensions‘.

Daniel Schaffer is an intellectual giant with an immense knowledge of the pensions industry‘.

Philip Linnard has come up with innovative solutions to complex problems taking commercial considerations into consideration: very pragmatic‘.

Key clients

AkzoNobel and ICI

BT Pension Scheme (Trustees)

Caterpillar Pension Plan (Trustees)

Colgate Palmolive Pension Plan (Trustees)

Daily Mail

Derwent

Disney

E.ON UK PLC

Ovo Energy

PA Pension Scheme (Trustees)

Phillips 66 Pension Scheme (Trustees)

Prudential

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

Reckitt Benckiser

Royal Mail

SCA UK Pension Plan (Trustees)

Severn Trent Pension Schemes (Trustees)

Signature Aviation plc

Tata Steel

UK Asset Resolution

United Utilities

Walmart

Trustee Board of Universities Superannuation Scheme

3i Group

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

The global investigations practice at Slaughter and May, which has a 'stellar reputation', handles complex cross-border investigations, corporate crime, prosecutions, enforcement actions and related civil litigation. Other areas of focus include compliance and risk matters such as sanctions, anti-money laundering and data protection. The firm is well-versed at dealing with various international regulators and enforcement agencies including the SFO and FCA in the UK and the SEC and DoJ in the US. The 'superb and wonderfully imaginativeRichard Swallow co-heads the global investigations group and is experienced in large, high-value disputes and investigations. The 'outstanding and immensely thoughtfulJonathan Cotton, who also heads the group, is recommended for investigations and criminal prosecutions and regulatory cases involving the Bribery Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Fraud Act, FSMA, export controls and sanctions, as well as Companies Act offences. Head of dispute resolution Sarah Lee is another key practitioner. Senior associate Ella Williams is noted for her expertise in relation to bribery and corruption, sanctions, regulatory, tax and fraud investigations.

Testimonials

‘The team is outstandingly good and sophisticated, it has a superb track record and a reputation for excellence’.

‘Jonathan Clark is a superb lawyer and wonderful to work with’.

‘Offering strength and breadth of expertise across not only regulatory investigations and corporate crime but also related fields, the firm offers an exceptional 360 degree service to corporate clients’.

‘Jonathan Cotton is a superstar, he is ferociously bright, tactically astute and excellent with the clients’.

‘Richard Swallow is a fantastic negotiator’.

‘Jonathan Clark is not only on top of all the detail, but also brings great strategic sense to a case’.

‘Richard Swallow and Jonathan Cotton are approachable, open to constructive feedback upon which they act, and are always available’.

‘Wealth of experience, great bench strength, and great insight into how regulators think and act in different situations’.

Key clients

British American Tobacco plc

John Wood Group PLC

Standard Chartered Bank

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Malcolm Brinded

Rolls-Royce plc

Listed multinational company

Deutsche Bank, A.G.

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 1

Slaughter and May's tax disputes offering is entirely integrated into the firm's wider tax department, attuning the team to the tax risks of their clients. The group has significant experience of appearing before the tax tribunals, as well as in HMRC inquiries, including matters relating to transfer pricing and international tax issues. Jointly leading the contentious practice, Richard Jeens stands out for his grasp of technical issues, often involving points of statutory interpretation, while Dominic Robertson's practice spans diverted profits tax (DPT), transfer pricing and state aid issues. Sarah Lee, who leads the firm's disputes and investigations department, is regularly instructed in tax disputes by multinational corporates. Corporate tax expert Mike Lane assists clients with DPT compliance and reputation risk mitigation strategy. Steve Edge is a veteran of tax litigation, acting in contentious transfer pricing cases and a variety of investigations.

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One of the leading tax litigation teams in the country

Key clients

BlueCrest

Credit Suisse

GDF Suez Teesside

GSK

Hays

Mercuria Energy Trading Europe Limited

Mr. William Reeves

Vodafone

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

The disputes and investigations group at Slaughter and May 'provides a Rolls-Royce service'. The group handles a range of complex commercial disputes including defending group and class action claims, for which Efstathios Michael and Camilla Sanger are key contacts. Sarah Lee, who counts banks, financial institutions, major corporates, international organisations and governmental bodies among her clients, leads the team, which also includes the well-regarded Deborah Finkler , who has particular strength in financial services sector disputes and investigations. The team attracts praise for its 'real strength in depth' which includes junior partners Damian Taylor (who has a breadth of experience including in acting for energy companies, governments and high profile sports clubs) and the 'up-and-coming' commercial and competition litigator Holly Ware and 'very strong associates' such as Megan Sandler.

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Testimonials

From initial contact to final outcome, the Slaughters’ DR team have been excellent. They guided my team and I through a highly complex litigation with the skill and excellent customer service you would expect from a first class legal establishment.

A great stable of talented partners and associates who provide a Rolls-Royce service.

A wonderful team of very high-quality lawyers who are a pleasure to work with – terrific with clients and always highly praised by all.

The team at S&M have the ability to describe the complex in a manner that makes it easier to digest for clients new to high court litigation. They are always available and 100% reliable in hitting even the tightest deadlines’

Holly Ware is an up-and-coming partner who leads a team well; associate Smriti Sriram is all over the detail of the case.

Real strength in depth – in particular, some very strong associates to support a great partner team.

Jonathan Clark is very good on the details and wider strategic issues. Camilla Sanger has excellent client skills and mastery of the case.

Camilla Sanger provides really clear and commercial advice – quickly earning ‘trusted adviser’ status. Peter Wickham – a stand-out associate – combines an intellectually rigorous approach with a very clear and client-friendly manner. Ross Francis-Pike is another really strong associate, with a very clear communication style.

Key clients

British American Tobacco plc

BHP Group

Diageo plc

A household name brand

Bupa

Department for Transport

Bathroom Brands Holdings UK Limited

Essex County Council

A large UK insurance underwriter

A global alternative investment advisor

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

The team at Slaughter and Maydemonstrates an excellent combination of attention to detail, commercial acumen and an understanding of client needs’. On the occupier side, the group enjoys a strong reputation for headquarter developments and relocations with clients also noting its prowess for ‘large HQ pre-letting transactions across central London’. Meanwhile, in the investment arena, the team handles all forms of direct and indirect investments with large, multi-party portfolio deals and matters with a cross-border component notably prevalent. Also ‘exceptionally capable at navigating developments’, the team is set apart through its expertise in major projects in the sports sector in addition to its hands-on project management. Practice head Jane Edwarde is a ‘powerhouse in the development market’ while John Nevin’s ‘attention to detail and the market is first-rate’. At the junior end, senior counsel Simon Bartle has ‘an exceptional ability to work through complex scenarios’.

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Testimonials

‘The team have an in-depth understanding of us as the client, our operations and our mission. They give honest advice and not just what we want to hear. They fully understand our governance process and therefore ensure their approach is appropriate.’

‘An incredibly focused team that somehow manage to cover all issues at all times of the day or night. Great capabilities in real estate but boosted by superb backup on corporate, tax, construction and litigation. Strong positive approach to problem-solving and never shy away from talking to other lawyers to resolve issues which some of their competitors are more reluctant to do.’

‘Despite the team’s achievements, there is an element of modesty in their approach to projects. This is vital in key legal negotiations, where egos between individuals can all too often override commerciality and clients’ interests.’

‘John Nevin is exceptional. Sound advice with commercial good sense, often on short notice. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.’

‘John Nevin displays excellent expertise and initiative.’

‘Simon Bartle is a ‘Welsh wizard’ – he balances a forensic eye for detail and great technical ability with a broad commercial awareness. One of those lawyers you’re always grateful is working for you rather than against you he is someone able to think on his feet, identify problems before they arise and provide innovative solutions to them, all the while retaining a calm and unflappable demeanour.’

‘Jane Edwarde is a powerhouse in the development market, giving straightforward practically orientated advice with an engaging negotiation technique.’

‘Mark Gulliford and Jane Edwarde are the best solicitors I have ever worked with. Slaughter and May have supported us through the largest property transaction and project in our company’s history. They are more cost-effective than some other mid-tier firms, as they do things once and do it right.’

Key clients

Arsenal

Bourne Leisure

Bupa

Cemex

Credit Karma

Diageo

Dobbies Garden Centres

Equinix

Everton

INEOS

ITV

Linklaters

Masterworks

Nimax Theatres

Ocado

Marks and Spencer

MCC

Nimax Theatres

Paymentsense

Taj Hotels

Tata Steel

Tonstate Group

Tottenham

Commercial property: development Tier 2

The team at Slaughter and Maydemonstrates an excellent combination of attention to detail, commercial acumen and an understanding of client needs’. On the occupier side, the group enjoys a strong reputation for headquarter developments and relocations with clients also noting its prowess for ‘large HQ pre-letting transactions across central London’. Meanwhile, in the investment arena, the team handles all forms of direct and indirect investments with large, multi-party portfolio deals and matters with a cross-border component notably prevalent. Also ‘exceptionally capable at navigating developments’, the team is set apart through its expertise in major projects in the sports sector in addition to its hands-on project management. Practice head Jane Edwarde is a ‘powerhouse in the development market’ while John Nevin’s ‘attention to detail and the market is first-rate’. At the junior end, senior counsel Simon Bartle has ‘an exceptional ability to work through complex scenarios’.

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Testimonials

‘The team have an in-depth understanding of us as the client, our operations and our mission. They give honest advice and not just what we want to hear. They fully understand our governance process and therefore ensure their approach is appropriate.’

‘An incredibly focused team that somehow manage to cover all issues at all times of the day or night. Great capabilities in real estate but boosted by superb backup on corporate, tax, construction and litigation. Strong positive approach to problem-solving and never shy away from talking to other lawyers to resolve issues which some of their competitors are more reluctant to do.’

‘Despite the team’s achievements, there is an element of modesty in their approach to projects. This is vital in key legal negotiations, where egos between individuals can all too often override commerciality and clients’ interests.’

‘John Nevin is exceptional. Sound advice with commercial good sense, often on short notice. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.’

‘John Nevin displays excellent expertise and initiative.’

‘Simon Bartle is a ‘Welsh wizard’ – he balances a forensic eye for detail and great technical ability with a broad commercial awareness. One of those lawyers you’re always grateful is working for you rather than against you he is someone able to think on his feet, identify problems before they arise and provide innovative solutions to them, all the while retaining a calm and unflappable demeanour.’

‘Jane Edwarde is a powerhouse in the development market, giving straightforward practically orientated advice with an engaging negotiation technique.’

‘Mark Gulliford and Jane Edwarde are the best solicitors I have ever worked with. Slaughter and May have supported us through the largest property transaction and project in our company’s history. They are more cost-effective than some other mid-tier firms, as they do things once and do it right.’

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

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

The team at Slaughter and Maydemonstrates an excellent combination of attention to detail, commercial acumen and an understanding of client needs’. On the occupier side, the group enjoys a strong reputation for headquarter developments and relocations with clients also noting its prowess for ‘large HQ pre-letting transactions across central London’. Meanwhile, in the investment arena, the team handles all forms of direct and indirect investments with large, multi-party portfolio deals and matters with a cross-border component notably prevalent. Also ‘exceptionally capable at navigating developments’, the team is set apart through its expertise in major projects in the sports sector in addition to its hands-on project management. Practice head Jane Edwarde is a ‘powerhouse in the development market’ while John Nevin’s ‘attention to detail and the market is first-rate’. At the junior end, senior counsel Simon Bartle has ‘an exceptional ability to work through complex scenarios’.

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‘The team have an in-depth understanding of us as the client, our operations and our mission. They give honest advice and not just what we want to hear. They fully understand our governance process and therefore ensure their approach is appropriate.’

‘An incredibly focused team that somehow manage to cover all issues at all times of the day or night. Great capabilities in real estate but boosted by superb backup on corporate, tax, construction and litigation. Strong positive approach to problem-solving and never shy away from talking to other lawyers to resolve issues which some of their competitors are more reluctant to do.’

‘Despite the team’s achievements, there is an element of modesty in their approach to projects. This is vital in key legal negotiations, where egos between individuals can all too often override commerciality and clients’ interests.’

‘John Nevin is exceptional. Sound advice with commercial good sense, often on short notice. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.’

‘John Nevin displays excellent expertise and initiative.’

‘Simon Bartle is a ‘Welsh wizard’ – he balances a forensic eye for detail and great technical ability with a broad commercial awareness. One of those lawyers you’re always grateful is working for you rather than against you he is someone able to think on his feet, identify problems before they arise and provide innovative solutions to them, all the while retaining a calm and unflappable demeanour.’

‘Jane Edwarde is a powerhouse in the development market, giving straightforward practically orientated advice with an engaging negotiation technique.’

‘Mark Gulliford and Jane Edwarde are the best solicitors I have ever worked with. Slaughter and May have supported us through the largest property transaction and project in our company’s history. They are more cost-effective than some other mid-tier firms, as they do things once and do it right.’

Key clients

Clothworkers’ Company

Delancey

Derwent London

Fishmongers’ Company

Global Infrastructure Partners

Legal & General

Masterworks

Midlothian Capital Partners

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Shahid Khan

Debt capital markets Tier 2

The finance group at Slaughter and May comprises of multi-specialist lawyers who handle debt capital markets transactions as part of broader practices covering securitisation, acquisition finance, restructuring and insolvency. Its work ranges from straightforward bond issuances to highly structured products, green bonds, equity-linked and credit-linked debt, and much more. Although the firm is best known for advising blue-chip corporate issuers, it is increasingly active in bank-side mandates. The practice is led by Matthew Tobin. Guy O’Keefe is 'commercially astute and always sees the bigger picture'. Caroline Phillips (who has 'a brain the size of a planet') and newly promoted partner Harry Bacon are also recommended.

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Testimonials

The team is flexible and covers a wide range of projects with great competence and clarity. They never miss a deadline and always get the deal done, no matter what complexities arise.’

Guy O’Keefe is commercially astute and always sees the bigger picture.’

Caroline Phillips has a brain the size of a planet and is always on top of the detail.’

There is a very strong partner and associate working combination. The firm has really strong debt capital markets experience in the financial services sector, is very efficient in its delivery and feels like a well-oiled machine.’

The firm is very strong technically and has an easy, assured manner combined with fantastic response culture.’

Guy O’Keefe and Harry Bacon are both highly skilled technicians but also down to earth and easygoing.’

Key clients

Euroclear Bank

Derwent London plc

Unite Group plc

Premier Oil plc

Next plc

Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Just Group plc

Ocado Group plc

Westpac Securities NZ Limited

Young & Co’s Brewery plc

Equity capital markets - mid-high cap Tier 2

Slaughter and May, which focuses on issuer-side mandates, is a key adviser to FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies. Under the leadership of practice head Nilufer von Bismarck, the firm acts on many complex, high-profile and innovative ECM transactions in the London market. In 2019, Hywel Davies led a group which advised Accsys Technologies Plc on its €46.3m firm placing and placing and open offer. Another highlight involved von Bismarck acting for AP WIP Investments Holdings LP on its circa $860m reverse takeover by Landscape Acquisition Holdings Limited. Richard Smith is another key figure in the team.

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Watches of Switzerland Group

Prudential

M&G

eSure

Honeycomb Investment Trust

SEGRO

Accsys Technologies

Ocado

Investec Asset Management

AP WIP Investments Holdings

Standard Chartered

Signature Aviation

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Known for domestic and cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, Slaughter and May acts for corporates, banks, insurers, exchanges, investment funds, asset managers and public bodies. The 'outstanding' Ewan Brown focuses on regulatory and governmental investigations, as well as a range of market abuse matters. He co-leads the practice with Deborah Finkler, who has experience in High Court litigation and foreign disputes, particularly investigations involving national and international regulatory and enforcement agencies. Also notable are disputes and investigations specialists Holly Ware and Jonathan Clark.

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‘Strength and depth throughout the team – from partner down’

‘Quality of thought and approach’

‘Responsive, pragmatic and proactive – you want them on your side and not on the other side’

‘Ewan Brown is outstanding’

‘Holly Ware is excellent’

Key clients

TSB

Standard Chartered Bank

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

Bupa Insurance Services Limited

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USSL)

Deutsche Bank, A.G.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Handling some of the largest schemes in the UK, the pensions team at Slaughter and May also counts premier clients such as Walmart and Royal Mail within its portfolio. Recent highlights include advising on the Rothesay Life-Asda Group £3.8bn buy-in/buy-out, assisting with Royal Mail's proposed collective money purchase scheme, as well as advising on the whole range of issues for the Railways Pension Trustee Company. The team lead is Charles Cameron, a specialist in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. He is supported by 'original thinker' Sandeep Maudgil (the 'go-to' for collective benefit schemes), 'intellectual giant' Daniel Schaffer (for mergers, demergers and covenants) and the 'very pragmatic' restructuring specialist Philip Linnard. Associates Chris Sharpe and Isobel Carruthers are additional names to note. For dispute resolution, the firm's offering includes experts Sarah Lee and Richard Jeens. Primarily handling work for major clients (such as the Trustees of the BT Pension Scheme), it undertakes High Court applications, professional negligence claims, mediation, benefits disputes and a multiplicity of ombudsman complaints.

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Testimonials

Slaughter and May are the pre-eminent firm in so many areas. Their movement into the pensions disputes field has been relatively recent, and has coincided with the gearing up of their already excellent pensions department to deal with more litigious matters (which in its turn has coincided with the arrival of the exceptional Dan Schaffer). Like everything the firm does, the movement into the area has been impressive‘.

I think what helps Slaughter and May stand out is the exceptionally high calibre of the people they employee through all levels, from trainees to partners. Our experience with them over many years has allowed us to build up a very good understanding of each other. The material they produce is always very carefully considered and in great detail. If I had to pick out one aspect as to what differentiates them from others I would have to say the quality of their associates‘.

The quality and thoroughness of the output was very impressive. They were committed to building their own understanding of the facts from the bottom up and at no point did they shy away from the scale of the endeavour. They applied real intellectual rigour combined with the resources to deal with a huge volume of material and pulled these together into an exceptionally coherent and clear report‘.

Daniel Schaffer is the most brilliant pensions lawyer in the business. Dynamic, passionately committed, and with unrivalled expertise‘.

‘Dan Schaffer is indefatigable in applying a great intellect to client’s interests‘.

Highly knowledgeable and appreciative of clients concerns. Able to see things from our perspective. Sandy Maudgil and Richard Jeens are exceptional‘.

We have had Slaughter and May as our legal advisers for over 25 years and this has been predominantly down to the people who have been on our account. Charles Cameron is our partner and had enormous shoes to fill when he took over our account from Philip Bennett who has always been regarded as one of the top pension lawyers in the UK. A very tough act to follow, but Charles has managed to do it with his extensive knowledge and his own style of friendly pragmatism without losing the toughness that is sometimes called for in negotiations/disputes. The associates we have had have always been technically exceptional but also able to explain complex issues to non-legal people‘.

Key clients

Trustee Board of Universities Superannuation Scheme

Trustees of the BT Pension Scheme

Retail and consumer Tier 2

Slaughter and May stands out in the market for its corporate transactional expertise, with recent mandates including advising Ocado Group on its online grocery retail joint venture with Marks and Spencer Group, and assisting Walmart with its buy-in and subsequent buy-out of the Asda Group Pension Scheme with Rothesay Life. Corporate department head Andy Ryde and Sally Wokes jointly head up the consumer and retail group; other key practitioners from the corporate team include Nilufer von Bismarck and Robert Innes. Beyond corporate work, the firm has also handled pensions issues, disputes, IP and IT mandates, restructuring matters, financings and real estate transactions for a client roster that includes UK high street names and large global consumer groups and retailers; the team also acts for specialist fashion brands and food and drink companies.

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Walmart

John Lewis

Burberry

Marks and Spencers

ASOS

Ocado

Watches of Switzerland

Compagnie Financiere Richemont

Dufry

TMT Tier 2

Slaughter and May is a full service practice that acts for leading TMT sector clients in a range of matters, including  global M&A, commercial contracts, the protection and management of IP/trade marks, tax and employment. The firm also has experience advising on emerging tech support issues. The team is co-led by Victoria MacDuff, who acts for technology and telecoms companies undertaking transformational and strategic projects; M&A specialist Roland Turnill; Rob Sumroy, who focuses on technology work and has experience in AI, blockchain, Fintech, e-commerce and data matters; and Paul Dickson, who focuses on corporate issues and corporate finance.

Key clients

Vodafone

BT

Daily Mail

ITV

Sophos

Salesforce

Google

ARM Ltd

Equinix

Disney

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 3

Praised for its 'collaborative approach', in part engendered by the firm's generalist mindset, the 'immensely able' four-partner team at Slaughter and May provides reliably consistent and commercial advice to boards of directors and large corporates experiencing financial distress. Praised for his ability to remain 'calm, measured and considered, even in the most tense, complex and emotional restructuring and insolvency situations', Ian Johnson embodies the firm's "house style", and addresses complex matters with dignity and calm resolve. Praised for his 'excellent deal management skills', Johnson has built a name for himself on behalf of Plcs and boards of directors (as exemplified by his recent high-profile work for Interserve and Thomas Cook on their high-profile troubles). The 'very smartTom 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.

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Testimonials

Slaughter & May collaborates well across their firm and has a “house-style” that I trust but also I know they will approach matters with dignity and they won’t be too aggressive.

The R&I team works very effectively with their colleagues in other practice areas to provide a near seamless service.

Ian Johnson never ceases to amaze me at how calm, measured and considered he is even in the most tense, complex and emotional restructuring and insolvency situations. He is a great influencer and mediator with people of all backgrounds.

Ian Johnson : quiet but very effective. Clever, patient and very good deal-management skills. Has a pleasant manner, which endears him to clients and makes them trust him. Technically very strong too.

Edward Couzens is technically sound and provides great client management.

 

Key clients

Interserve Plc

Ernst & Young

AlixPartners

Thomas Cook Group and its Directors

Ferrovial S.A.

Grant Thornton

Arcadia Landlord Steering Group

Honeycomb Investment Trust Plc (a Pollen Street Capital vehicle)

FRP Advisory LLP

Tiger Resources Limited

Seadrill Limited

Premier Oil

Credit Suisse

Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Slaughter and May has a finance group that is 'keenly intelligent and aware of legal as well as commercial and other practical considerations', with one client noting that 'service levels are above and beyond what would normally be expected and the lawyers are very personable and easy to talk to'. The derivatives practice advises on the full range of OTC and exchange-traded derivatives, from plain vanilla interest rate and currency derivatives, through to commodity, equity and credit-linked products and derivatives linked to real estate, insurance and pensions. The firm's multi-specialist approach sees a large number of lawyers assisting banks, investment funds, insurers, pension funds, sovereign entities and corporates with structured finance matters. Oliver Wicker and Guy O’Keefe are the most prominent partners. Caroline Phillips acts for corporates and financial institutions in derivatives and hedging matters in sectors such as insurance, commodities and energy. Richard Jones and Ed Fife are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team is keenly intelligent and aware of legal as well as commercial and other practical considerations. Service levels are above and beyond what would normally be expected and the lawyers are very personable and easy to talk to. Caroline Phillips and associates Chris Armstrong and Xian Wei Yeo display and all of these qualities.’

‘This team is extremely experienced, very knowledgeable, and I genuinely believe they could tackle the most complex of structured deals. They are very thorough and don’t miss hard-to-see points, whilst remaining commercial and down to earth.’

‘Oliver Wicker is one of the best partners we work with. He is available at all times of the day and night and does a lot of our work himself. He rarely misses a tricky point and is capable of grasping entirely new concepts and structures at the drop of a hat.’

Key clients

Arrow Global Group plc

Central Bank of Egypt

DS Smith plc

International Consolidated Airlines Group SA

NewDay Cards Ltd

Energy and infrastructure Tier 3

Slaughter and May impresses with its 'sheer technical excellence and the depth of talent from top to bottom' acting on high-value, ground-breaking infrastructure projects and transactions in oil and gas, renewables and infrastructure. The practice is co-headed by Hywel Davies and Michael Corbett, who are noted for their combined extensive experience in corporate finance, public and private M&A and joint ventures, equity offerings and regulatory matters.

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‘Sheer technical excellence and depth of talent from top to bottom’

‘Hywel Davies is outstanding. One of the very best corporate lawyers I have dealt with in more than 30 years dealing with the best lawyers in the City.’

Key clients

Arsenal Football Club

Bridgepoint

Centrica

Department for Transport

Drax

GIP (Global Infrastructure Partners)

HitecVision

INEOS

innogy

Lendlease

Maersk Oil

OMERS

Ørsted

Ovo Energy

Premier Oil

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Wren House

Environment Tier 3

Slaughter and May’s environmental practice largely focuses on assisting the firm's corporate department with the environmental risks associated with large M&A transactions, especially those arising from the energy sector, including renewable energy, nuclear, shale and oil and gas projects. In 2019, the practice, which is led by Richard Todd, saw an increase in environmental-related transactions involving heavy industry and manufacturing; the department also continues to advise on decommissioning liabilities, regulatory matters and general environment, health and safety mandates. Senior counsel Samantha Brady, who clients say possesses 'a valuable combination of technical knowledge and commercial acumen', is a key name to note.

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‘Samantha Brady possess a valuable combination of technical knowledge and commercial acumen A safe pair of hands and someone who understands her client’s concerns and objectives.’

Key clients

General Electric

Marks and Spencer

Trafigura

INEOS

Essex County Council

Greencore

Ørsted

HitecVision

Ovo Energy

Impala Terminals Group

Cemex

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Slaughter and May's 'efficient and responsive' team acts for global corporates, financial institutions and governments in complex disputes involving fraud allegations, utilising its global investigations group to assist clients. Richard Swallow often manages global regulatory and criminal investigations with parallel proceedings in the UK and the US. Jonathan Cotton has notable expertise in fraud disputes and investigations involving allegations of wrongdoing. Associate Kathryn Hernandez is also recommended.

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‘Excellent knowledge and competence from partners to associates.’ 

‘Excellent strategic thinking.’

Key clients

Banque Pictet

Mercuria Energy Trading Europe Limited

Bupa Insurance Services Limited

ForteBank JSC

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 3

Slaughter and May has an infrastructure practice spanning sectors including transport, energy, and defence. Partners in the practice advise a wide range of clients from infrastructure investors to government organisations. Michael Corbett co-heads the practice alongside Hywel Davies. Richard Todd is also noted for his expertise in projects.

International business reorganisations Tier 3

With notable strength in the financial services and insurance sectors, Slaughter and May counts banks and insurers including Standard Chartered, Prudential and Aviva on its client roster. The group also recently advised IWG on a series of disposals and franchising matters relating to a shift in its business. The group has expertise in the energy, aviation, pharmaceuticals and food and beverages sectors and is a key name in the market for Brexit-related restructurings. The cross-departmental practice utilises practitioners from the corporate and commercial, finance, tax, regulation and employment groups, and is jointly led by Roland Turnill and Andy Ryde. Turnill leads the M&A practice and Ryde heads up the corporate group. Nilufer von Bismarck is also recommended as head of the financial institutions group and co-head of the India practice, financial regulation group head Jan Putnis handles the regulatory elements of transactions, and Jonathan Marks is a key name for work in the insurance sector.

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Exceptional strength in depth and accuracy of execution, coupled with a high degree of commerciality.’

Superb technical skill combined with easy manner and great service.

Roland Turnill – calm, measured and reassuring.

Slaughter and May remain a unique proposition in the sheer all round capability of their lawyers to work across different areas. I flavour the strength in depth, all round quality of the people and their strong bench strength amongst the associates.

Key clients

IWG plc

Standard Chartered

Prudential plc

Handelsbanken

Aviva plc

Zurich Insurance plc

Standard Life Assurance Ltd

Santander UK plc

Listed funds Tier 3

Slaughter and May advises investment trusts and asset managers on complex fund structures for investments in various industry sectors, as well as notably acting for the UK Government as a trusted adviser on sector investments. The team sits in the firm's corporate department, allowing it to advise across cross-border transactions, financings and asset manager M&A, as well as providing standalone regulatory advice. The team is led by Paul Dickson, who advises a variety of asset managers on bespoke fund structures, with a particular specialism in limited partnership arrangements. Nick Pacheco focuses on the financial institutions sector.

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Arrow Global Group

Athora Holdings

Convex Group

Honeycomb Investment Trust

HM Government (including the Cabinet Office, BEIS, and HM Treasury)

Larchpoint Capital

Legal & General (including Legal & General Investment Management)

LMS Capital

Neptune Investment Management

Prudential

Standard Life Aberdeen (including Aberdeen Standard Investments)

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

Oil and gas Tier 3

Hywel Davies leads the team at Slaughter and May and is a highly regarded expert in energy related public and private M&A, private equity transactions and equity financings. Clients praise the team for its 'practical and commercially astute advice provided against a strong legal framework'.

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‘Wide ranging capabilities to assist across a spectrum of requirements for a small cap oil and gas company. Practical and commercially astute advice provided against a strong legal framework.’

Key clients

Aker Energy

HitecVision

INEOS

Kosmos

Maersk Oil

OMERS

Premier Oil

Seadrill

Shell

Valaris

Wren House

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Slaughter and May has strong capabilities in corporate transactions in the conventional and renewable energy spaces, particularly in relation to M&A; the team recently advised Mitsubishi Corporation on its acquisition of a 20% stake in OVO, the UK's largest independent energy supplier. The multidisciplinary team also advises on regulatory developments and energy efficiency and financial products including green bonds. Project finance lawyer Azadeh Nassiri and renewables expert Richard Todd act alongside practice heads Hywel Davies and Michael Corbett.

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‘The team is one of the leading Power sector legal teams in the UK. S&M brings a commercial view to their legal advice and can appropriately guide on what is at market during negotiations. Their sector knowledge aids the quick identification and resolution of issues together with the breadth of experts they have available.’

Key clients

Ørsted

Drax

Centrica

Ovo Energy

Securitisation Tier 3

Slaughter and May is able to handle securitisation in every major asset class - RMBS, CMBS, credit cards, trade receivables, auto-loans, whole business, CLOs and covered bonds - and is active in international deals involving both cash and synthetic securitisations in the private and public markets. It works for originators, arrangers, investors and trustees on the establishment of new securitisations and the restructuring of existing deals. The firm frequently acts for large hedge fund clients in relation to regulatory capital structured finance transactions and in relation to non-standard consumer finance. In its team of multi-specialist finance lawyers, who handle a broad range of structured finance and capital markets work, Oliver Wicker and Guy O’Keefe are the lead securitisation partners. Richard Jones, whose recent work includes credit card and unsecured personal loan transactions, and Ed Fife are also recommended.

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1st Stop Limited

Aldermore Bank plc

Arrow Global Group plc

Bank of America, NA

Honeycomb Investment Trust plc

INEOS Enterprises Group Limited

NewDay Cards Ltd

Acquisition finance Tier 4

Flying somewhat under the radar in the acquisition finance space, in part due to the generalist nature of its finance offering, Slaughter and May counts some 'wonderful debt finance lawyers' among its ranks, who are particularly proficient in structuring deals for the firm's impressive roster of FTSE 100/250 clients. On the private equity front, although the firm lacks visibility among large cap multi asset sponsors, it does receive a significant flow of work from a number of more niche, sector focused funds. Team head Philip Snell has developed a particularly strong track record over the years in relation to public bid finance transactions.

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OVO Group Limited

Palamon Capital Partners / The Simplify Group

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Midlothian Capital Partners (Education) Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

The Restaurant Group Plc

Employers Tier 4

Slaughter and May's employment practice routinely advises clients on board-level matters, including appointments, terminations, and remuneration. The department's strongest point is in handling the employment aspects of large corporate transactions, often involving TUPE transfers or large-scale redundancies or reorganisations. Sensitive internal investigations, supported by the firm's global investigations group, are also a source of work. Team head Charles Cameron has expertise in pensions, and another key name is Padraig Cronin, whose specialisms include senior executive remuneration.

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Resourced like few other employment teams – they can manage the largest and most complex of employment disputes or transactions.

Charles Cameron is a very safe pair of hands for the big employer.

The firm is first rate – an exceptional group of lawyers with tremendous skill.  They are expert, and their advice is strategic and pragmatic.

 Padraig Cronin  is an exceptional employment lawyer and subject matter expert. He is pragmatic and strategic.

Katherine Flower is an exceptional employment lawyer.  Her advice is practical and strategic, and based on her considerable expertise and a thorough consideration of the law and the options. She is incredibly responsive.

Exceptional depth of knowledge and capability in this team.

Incredibly responsive and knowledgeable.

Phil Linnard is really pragmatic and thoughtful. His broad-brush corporate and commercial background has meant he can not only advise on really difficult and sensitive employment law issues, but he can also anticipate broader company issues and find good, sensible, solutions.

 

Key clients

De La Rue plc

Grant Thornton UK LLP

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Hibu Group Limited

INEOS Holdings Limited

Land Securities Group plc

Ocado Group plc

Barclays Bank plc

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Workspace Group plc

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Slaughter and May’s IP practice provides a robust brand licensing and IP transactions service to high-calibre clients across the sports, fashion, retail, restaurants and FMCG industries. Regular instructions encompass trade mark and design licensing agreements, IP joint ventures and strategic portfolio acquisitions. David Ives is now the main contact following the retirement of former practice head Susie MiddlemissRob Sumroy and Duncan Blaikie are also key members of the team. Typical contentious instructions include oppositions, cancellations and parallel import disputes.

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Richemont

GlaxoSmithKline

ASDA/Walmart

Marks & Spencer

Burberry

Tottenham Hotspur

ARM

ITV

Yoox Net-a-Porter

John Lewis/Waitrose

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

The Slaughter and May group handles corporate, commercial and fund-raising transactions for an impressive range of life sciences, biotech, healthcare and consumer care clients. Many of its transactions are multi-jurisdictional, demonstrating the firm's global prowess. It also assists with related regulatory and competition issues. David Johnson, who heads the practice, oversees much of this work, which includes M&A, joint ventures and equity investments, acting with colleagues in Europe and Asia.

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The team understood the nuances of the transaction and provided commercially focused solutions. Seen through the client’s lens they were excellent from the first client engagement through to completion – a very smooth journey.’

An arguably peerless corporate team with cross-sector experience but also life sciences expertise. Great for corporate deals in the life sciences sector.’

Key clients

Immunocore

GE Healthcare

Lonza

Allergan

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Oxford Nanopore

GlaxoSmithKline

Ervaxx

Property finance Tier 4

Slaughter and May acts for major investors in the local market, with a growing focus on sustainable finance. The team has experience advising on asset classes including residential, retail, industrial and commercial properties. Matthew Tobin leads the team and has a particular interest in capital markets and sustainable finance, having advised on green tranches that adhere to LMA green loan principles.

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‘Slaughter and May are a brilliant firm to work with. Extremely knowledgeable about our business and the products. Great communication and always available.’

‘Really add value in everything they do. Matthew Tobin has been advising us for many years. He is incredibly knowledgeable and extremely diligent.’

‘Very easy to communicate with and very proactive.’

‘I have worked with them many times and they always deliver at the highest standards.’

‘Great team overall. The team is very experienced across all areas so there is no need to contact other teams. This speeds up the process and means the advice covers all bases from the start. They respond quickly and their advice is always focused and concise. They really make the effort to understand the requirements of the business and show good initiative and creativity in the solutions proposed.’

‘I have always found them to come across as keen to help. Nothing is ever too much trouble and as a client I feel that they are as concerned about finding the right solution as we are.’

Key clients

Arcadia Landlord Steering Group

Barratt Developments

Countrywide

Derwent London

Elysian Residences

Goodman European Logistics Fund

Harbour Castle

Halsbury Homes

Midlothian Capital Partners

SEGRO

Sport Tier 4

Corporate powerhouse Slaughter and May is regularly called on for high-profile sports-related M&A and project finance work, most notably advising on the development and financing of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium. Practice head Andrew Jolly works on M&A but is also highly skilled in regulatory and corporate governance work. Other notable names in the sports space include David Ives, who focuses on technology and IP, as well as Simon Hall, who is particularly skilled in project and acquisition finance.

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Arsenal Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Rugby Football Union

INEOS Football

Everton Football Club

Fulham Football Club

United States Ski and Snowboard Association

Marylebone Cricket Club

Cambridge University Boat Club

Boat Race Company

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

Slaughter and May acts for insurers in complex and unique insurance claims; in a recent highlight, the team handled a claim made under a pre-launch satellite insurance policy. The practice handles a notable volume of work for insurer Marsh, and is led by Efstathios Michael.

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Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally responsive and hard-working, led by inspiring partners with excellent commercial judgement.’

‘Efstathios Michael (partner); his stand out qualities are his combination of great commercial judgement, pragmatism and good humour. He is a pleasure to work with and a fantastic lawyer.’

Key clients

Marsh Limited

Standard Life Aberdeen plc

International arbitration Tier 5

Slaughter and May's 'pragmatic and hands-on' team acts across a broad range of sectors, including the energy and infrastructure, healthcare and finance industries, among others. The practice specialises in complex and strategically significant arbitration disputes. Sarah Lee heads up the disputes and investigations group; and James Stacey and Damian Taylor (who focuses on the energy sector and Middle East and Africa matters) co-head the international arbitration group. Efstathios Michael and senior associates Megan Sandler and Peter Wickham are also key members.

Testimonials

‘I have found that Slaughter and May always provide a deep team who are all very familiar with the project. This has meant that working with them has always been a good experience.’

‘Superb arbitration practitioners, young and dynamic, with a good flow of cases from the corporate team.’

‘Have worked with Damian Taylor. He is very intelligent, strategic and excellent with clients. A young partner who has gravitas belying his years. Always upbeat and clearly someone who enjoys his job.’

‘Have also worked with James Stacey, another excellent and cerebral partner, very personable and excellent with the client relationship.’

‘S&M have a deep understanding of their clients’ business which enables them from a litigation perspective to take a very commercial outlook on the resolution of disputes. In respect of arbitration specifically, they have great confidence in navigating the arbitral rules to achieve a strategic advantage during proceedings.’

‘Effie Michael is exceptional. One of the best. Has it all. V clever, v good lawyer, v committed, excellent team leader, and a really nice person. Any number of outstanding associates – it is this that distinguishes SM – their associates are all really astonishingly good.’

Key clients

Standard Life Aberdeen plc

ForteBank JSC

Planning Tier 5

With specialist strength in sports stadiums, urban redevelopments and planning support on corporate acquisitions, Slaughter and May's planning practice is headed by senior associate Richard Keczkes. Clients range from Premier League football clubs to private equity investors and local government authorities; the team also takes instructions on energy and infrastructure projects across the country.

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Testimonials

‘Attention to detail and a wide reaching perspective that protects and de-risks our interests over a number of complex and interconnecting issues.’

‘They have the ability to convert and explain complex practical issues and arguments into a workable and proportionate legal solution or response.’

‘Richard Keczkes has a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience. He is very thoughtful and provides very good and practical advice. He gets the job done.’

‘Along with the superb response time, the depth of knowledge and risk management is excellent.’

‘The team have an in-depth understanding of us as the client, our operations and our mission.’

‘They give honest advice and not just what we want to hear. They fully understand our governance process and therefore ensure their approach is appropriate.’

Key clients

Arsenal FC

BUPA

The Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Elysian Residences

Essex County Council

Equinix

Everton FC

The Fishmongers’ Company

Halsbury Homes

Legal & General

Linklaters

Marylebone Cricket Club

Ocado

Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)

Tottenham Hotspur FC

United Utilities

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 5

Slaughter and May enjoys a number of long-term relationships with private equity sponsors, and works on a variety of deals, including venture capital, life cycle investments, and cross-border buyouts and exits. The team is led by Jeff Twentyman, a highly-regarded counsel for major funds such as Blackrock. The hotly-tipped Harry Bacon made partner in mid-2019.

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Key clients

Silver Lake

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Global Infrastructure Partners

Midlothian Capital Partners

Francisco Partners

Palamon Capital Partners

First Reserve

Apollo Capital Management

Corsair Capital

Pollen Street Capital

Investindustrial

Varde Partners

SoftBank Vision Fund

Kingsway Capital Partners

3i Group

Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Although Slaughter and May does not have a discrete asset finance practice, numerous lawyers within the broader finance group have built up considerable expertise in the area on behalf of some major transportation clients, most notably British Airways.

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British Airways

International Airlines Group (IAG)

BlackRock

Rolls-Royce

Orient Overseas (International) Limited

AlixPartners/Thomas Cook

Legal & General Investment Management

The Department for Transport

Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm with a worldwide corporate, commercial and financing practice. The firm provides incisive advice while ensuring real value for money, and a professional service of the highest calibre. Slaughter and May is recognised throughout the business and legal community for its ability to help its clients realise and develop commercial opportunities, no matter how challenging the setting.

The firm: The firm prides itself on being different. A client-focused approach means that clients are central to its culture; and a multi-disciplinary philosophy ensures that lawyers have a broad understanding of many legal areas and can offer not only depth of expertise but also breadth of experience and sound commercial judgement.

The firm’s clients range from governments to entrepreneurs, from funds to leading banks, from retailers to entertainment companies and from industrial conglomerates to Premier League football clubs. It is trusted adviser to the largest UK and global public companies and acts for more FTSE companies than any other law firm, by some margin.

Global challenge; world-class response: Slaughter and May has an extensive international practice, assisting clients on business-critical, cross-border matters, providing legal advice that genuinely reflects what ‘global’ means for its clients. The firm sets itself apart from the market as it is not constrained by formal alliances or having to cross-sell fixed networks. Clients benefit from working with the best person for the job – no matter where in the world. The firm has developed extensive and meaningful relationships with like-minded experts in their own jurisdictions who have a depth of understanding that cannot be replicated, but can be shared.

Offices in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Beijing, combined with its relationships with market-leading firms around the world, allow Slaughter and May to deliver a world-class response to its clients’ challenges.

Recruitment: There are approximately 75-80 vacancies for trainee solicitors per year. In addition, work experience placements are available at Easter and during the summer for penultimate year undergraduates considering a career in law. The firm also runs 2-day Winter Workshops in December for law and non-law finalists and graduates, and Open Days at Easter for first year law students. Applications should be made using the online form which can be accessed via the website (www.slaughterandmay.com). Further information is available on the careers section of the firm’s website.

Other offices: Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Steve Cooke
Asset management Robert Chaplin
Asset management Paul Dickson
Asset management Andy Ryde
Capital markets Nilufer von Bismarck (equity)
Capital markets Andy Ryde (equity)
Capital markets Matthew Tobin (debt)
Competition Philippe Chappatte
Competition John Boyce
Competition litigation Richard Swallow
Contentious tax Tony Beare
Contentious tax Sarah Lee
Corporate and commercial Andy Ryde
Dispute resolution Sarah Lee
Environment John Nevin
Financial regulation Jan Putnis
Financial regulation Ben Kingsley
Financing Andrew McClean
Global investigations Deborah Finkler
Information technology Rob Sumroy
Information technology Richard Swallow
Infrastructure, energy and natural resources Mark Horton
Insurance Oliver Wareham
Intellectual property David Ives
Mergers and acquisitions Roland Turnill
Mergers and acquisitions Andy Ryde
Outsourcing Rob Sumroy
Pensions and employment Charles Cameron
Private equity Jeff Twentyman
Real estate Jane Edwarde
Real estate John Nevin
Real estate Richard Todd
Restructuring and insolvency Ian Johnson
Restructuring and insolvency Richard de Carle
Sovereign debt and eurozone Nilufer von Bismarck
Sovereign debt and eurozone Ian Johnson
Sport Andrew Jolly
Sport Rob Sumroy
Tax Sara Luder
Photo Name Position Profile
 Harry Bacon photo Harry Bacon Partner; Harry has a broad international practice advising private equity clients and…
 Duncan Blaikie  photo Duncan Blaikie Partner; Duncan advises clients on a full range of intellectual property, technology…
 Tim Blanchard photo Tim Blanchard Partner; 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 has a varied financial regulatory practice, with extensive experience in…
 Tim Boxell  photo Tim Boxell Partner specialising in corporate, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity…
 Ewan Brown  photo Ewan Brown Partner specialising in general commercial litigation, contentious regulatory work and tax litigation;…
 Robert Byk  photo Robert Byk Partner specialising in corporate and financing work, including acquisition and bid finance,…
 Charles Cameron  photo Charles Cameron Partner specialising in pensions and employment work, including pension derisking, pension restructuring,…
 Robert Chaplin  photo Robert Chaplin Partner; Robert has a wide ranging international and domestic corporate, commercial, M&A…
 Philippe Chappatte  photo Philippe Chappatte Partner; Philippe is Head of the Competition Group. He is resident in…
 Jonathan Clark  photo Jonathan Clark Jonathan is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution group and also a…
 Craig Cleaver  photo Craig Cleaver Partner with general commercial, corporate finance and financing practice with particular experience…
 Natalie Cook  photo Natalie Cook Partner; Natalie has a broad corporate and commercial practice, acting for a…
 James Cook  photo James Cook Partner; James has a broad international corporate and commercial practice, advising on…
 James Cook  photo James Cook Partner; James has a broad international corporate and commercial practice, advising on…
 Claire Cooke  photo Claire Cooke Claire has a broad international financing practice covering acquisition and bid finance,…
 Steve Cooke  photo Steve Cooke Senior Partner. He headed the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice from 2001 to 2016. Steve…
 Claire Cooke  photo Claire Cooke Claire has a broad international financing practice covering acquisition and bid finance,…
 Michael Corbett  photo Michael Corbett Michael is the Co-Head of our Infrastructure & Energy Group (I&E). He…
 Jonathan Cotton  photo Jonathan Cotton Jonny is co-head of the firm’s Global Investigations Group and a Disputes…
 Rebecca Cousin  photo Rebecca Cousin Partner specialising in a broad range of corporate and commecial matters. Advises…
 Padraig Cronin  photo Padraig Cronin Partner specialising in the corporate and corporate finance areas, focusing on domestic…
 Hywel Davies  photo Hywel Davies Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity, energy and…
 Paul Dickson  photo Paul Dickson Paul has a broad practice covering a wide range of corporate and…
 Alexander Dustan  photo Alexander Dustan Partner; Alex advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions,…
 Steve Edge  photo Steve Edge Partner. Steve advises on the tax aspects of private and public mergers,…
 Jane Edwarde  photo Jane Edwarde Partner specialising in all aspects of commercial real estate including development, acquisitions,…
 Ed Fife  photo Ed Fife Partner with a broad financing practice advising corporates, financial institutions and other…
 Deborah Finkler  photo Deborah Finkler Partner specialising in commercial litigation and regulatory investigations. Acting for a wide…
 Steven Galbraith  photo Steven Galbraith Partner specialising in general finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, infrastructure, and energy…
 Simon Hall  photo Simon Hall Partner involved in a wide range of commercial transactions; especially involved in…
 Harry Hecht  photo Harry Hecht Partner; Harry has a broad corporate practice, with particular experience in public…
 Laura Houston photo Laura Houston Partner; Laura is a partner in our IP/Tech group and advises clients…
 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 specialising in outsourcing, information technology and intellectual property. In particular, David…
 Claire Jackson  photo Claire Jackson Partner; Claire has a broad corporate and corporate finance practice, advising on…
 Richard Jeens  photo Richard Jeens Partner. Richard’s practice spans a broad-range of high profile commercial disputes, investigations…
 Claire Jeffs  photo Claire Jeffs Partner. Claire works in the firm’s Brussels and London offices. She has…
 David Johnson  photo David Johnson Partner specialising in corporate finance, commercial, general corporate and mergers and acquisitions;…
 Ian Johnson  photo Ian Johnson Partner with a broad financing practice with a focus on restructuring and insolvency-related…
 Andrew Jolly  photo Andrew Jolly Partner specialising in a broad range of corporate and corporate finance work.…
 Richard Jones  photo Richard Jones Richard has a wide-ranging financing practice covering bank lending, debt capital markets,…
 Gayathri Kamalanathan photo Gayathri Kamalanathan Partner; Gayathri has extensive experience of handling complex domestic and cross-border investigations…
 Ben Kingsley photo Ben Kingsley Partner in the financial regulation group, advising a broad range of regulated…
 Mike Lane  photo Mike Lane Partner specialising in all direct taxes, stamp duties, VAT and, in particular,…
 Philip Linnard  photo Philip Linnard Partner with a broad transactional and advisory practice, covering all aspects of employment,…
 Bertrand Louveaux  photo Bertrand Louveaux Partner with practice that spans merger control, competition litigation, market inquiries and competition…
 Victoria MacDuff  photo Victoria MacDuff Partner. Victoria has a broad corporate practice and advises on all forms…
 Jonathan Marks  photo Jonathan Marks Partner with corporate and corporate finance practice, involved in demutualisations, fund-raisings, joint…
 Sandeep Maudgil  photo Sandeep Maudgil Partner advising on a wide range of pensions and employment-related matters, both…
 Chris McGaffin  photo Chris McGaffin Partner with a broad corporate practice which covers all aspects of the firm’s corporate practice,…
 Charlie McGarel-Groves  photo Charlie McGarel-Groves Partner; Charlie advises public and private institutions, corporates and sponsors on a…
 Efstathios Michael  photo Efstathios Michael Partner with extensive experience in commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution; practice…
 Gareth Miles  photo Gareth Miles Partner specialising in corporate tax. Gareth’s practice covers all direct taxes, stamp…
 Oliver Moir  photo Oliver Moir Partner; Oly is a member of our infrastructure, energy and natural resources…
 Paul Mudie  photo Paul Mudie Paul has a wide range of corporate and commercial experience. His broad…
 Azadeh Nassiri  photo Azadeh Nassiri Partner with a broad financing practice covering acquisition and general bank financings,…
 John Nevin  photo John Nevin Partner with considerable experience in a wide range of commercial real estate…
 Simon Nicholls  photo Simon Nicholls Partner specialising in corporate finance, general corporate, merger and acquisitions, equity capital…
 Guy O’keefe photo Guy O’keefe Partner advising on a wide range of banking and financing work, including…
 Robin Ogle  photo Robin Ogle Partner; principal areas of work are public and private mergers and acquisitions,…
 Nicholas Pacheco photo Nicholas Pacheco Partner; Nick is a partner in our Corporate Group and a member…
 John Papanichola  photo John Papanichola Partner specialising in corporate work, corporate finance (with a particular focus on…
 Caroline Phillips  photo Caroline Phillips Caroline advises on a wide range of financing matters, including debt capital…
 Jan Putnis  photo Jan Putnis Head of the firm’s Financial Regulation Group. Jan’s practice focuses on matters…
 Dominic Robertson  photo Dominic Robertson Dominic advises on all areas of UK corporate tax law, including: transaction…
 Andy Ryde  photo Andy Ryde Partner, Head of Corporate. He is active in all fields of corporate…
 Camilla Sanger photo Camilla Sanger Partner; Camilla Sanger has wide experience of handling complex and substantial disputes…
 Daniel Schaffer  photo Daniel Schaffer Partner. Practice covers both contentious and non-contentious (transactional and general advisory) aspects…
 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 Partner with a broad finance practice; advises corporate clients, private equity investors…
 Paul Stacey  photo Paul Stacey Executive Partner, responsible for the firm’s overall management strategy, including people, compliance…
 James Stacey  photo James Stacey Partner with a broad-ranging international arbitration, commercial litigation and investigations practice. He has conducted…
 Rob Sumroy  photo Rob Sumroy Partner and Head of the firm’s Technology and Outsourcing practices. He is also one of…
 Richard Swallow  photo Richard Swallow Dispute Resolution Group Partner and co-head of the firm’s Global Investigations group. Specialises in commercial…
 Isabel Taylor  photo Isabel Taylor Partner in the competition group, working on a full range of EU…
 Damian Taylor  photo Damian Taylor Partner. Damian advises on a range of litigation, international arbitration and investigations…
 Matthew Tobin  photo Matthew Tobin Partner and Head of the firm’s Debt Capital Markets practice, specialising on a wide range…
 Richard Todd  photo Richard Todd Partner and member of the firm’s infrastructure, energy and natural resources practice. He specialises…
 Roland Turnill  photo Roland Turnill Partner and Head of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice. Broad commercial and corporate…
 William Turtle  photo William Turtle Parter with extensive experience in a wide range of competition and regulatory matters.…
 Jeff Twentyman  photo Jeff Twentyman Partner and Head of Private Equity group, specialising in equity capital markets,…
 Tom Vickers  photo Tom Vickers Partner advising on a range of restructuring and insolvency work. His experience…
 Holly Ware photo Holly Ware Partner; Holly has a broad practice including commercial, competition and banking litigation…
 William Watson  photo William Watson Partner with practice covering all UK taxes relevant to corporate activity. Alongside…
 Oliver Wicker  photo Oliver Wicker Partner with a leading bank and borrower finance practice. He advises on…
 Peter Wickham photo Peter Wickham Partner; Peter is a partner in the Disputes and Investigations Group and…
 David Wittmann  photo David Wittmann Practice Partner with responsibility, together with the Senior Partner, for developing and promoting…
 Sally Wokes  photo Sally Wokes Partner. Sally advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions.…
 Lisa Wright  photo Lisa Wright Partner specialising in a wide range of competition, regulatory and EU work,…
 Mark Zerdin  photo Mark Zerdin Partner specialising in a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions for…
 Filippo de Falco  photo Filippo de Falco Partner; Filippo advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial…
Number of UK partners : 100
Number of other UK fee-earners : 563

The Lex 100 Verdict

A 'prestigious reputation', 'excellent future career prospects' and a 'roster of exceptional clients' make a training contract at Slaughter and May an attractive prospect. Although 'particularly standout in M&A and insolvency/restructuring', the Magic Circle firm champions a 'multi-specialist approach' across a broad range of legal matters. Lex 100 Winner awards have been earned for salary and confidence of being kept on. Slaughters is fairly unique among its competitors for its lack of billable hour targets, something which means that 'when you have no work to do you just go home' and 'leads to a more collegiate atmosphere' where 'people are more willing to help each other out without worrying about hitting targets'. Speaking of which, trainees find colleagues at every level 'bright, talented and committed lawyers who often manage to be interesting people too!'. Given the resounding praise for colleagues, it is slightly unfortunate that trainees feel that there is a 'lack of post-work social culture'. Perhaps this can partially be attributed to the expected but nonetheless lamented 'unpredictable hours' which can make a 'work/life balance hard to maintain'. There were certainly instances of 'busy transaction stress' and 'a week of consistent post-midnight finishes' among the feedback. The 'quite hierarchical' culture did not go unmentioned either. Trainees found 'writing a paper that was presented to the board of a FTSE 100 company' rewarding and 'closing the Ocado/M&S online retail joint venture deal' highly exciting. For 'complex and interesting transactions' in the company of 'mind-blowing supervisors' who are 'committed to encouraging every individual to be the best lawyer they can be', research Slaughter and May.