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Slaughter and May

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Global Investigations, Competition, Competition Litigation, Disputes


Partner; Tim has a broad investigations and contentious regulatory practice, which spans a wide range of authorities, including the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, the European Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Tim’s particular expertise includes advising major corporations and financial institutions in respect of bribery and corruption, regulatory and antitrust investigations. He also has extensive experience of related competition litigation matters.

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

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