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

In recent years, Steve has been heavily involved in several large scale interventions under HMRC’s high risk corporates programme and in many in-depth tax investigations of specific domestic or international issues including transfer pricing in particular. He thus has considerable experience of negotiating and dealing with HMRC at all levels.

A large part of Steve’s practice involves advising non-UK multinationals (particularly those based elsewhere in Europe and in the US) on cross-border transactions and tax issues of various types. In that area of his practice, he works closely with other leading international tax advisers around the world.

Being described as “a leader in the tax world” (Chambers, 2021), Steve has consistently been ranked at the top in leading directories, including as a Senior Statesperson for corporate tax in Chambers for the last couple of years.


Joined Slaughter and May in 1973. Partner since 1982.

Steve is co-editor of the Transfer Pricing Law Review and contributing editor of the Chambers Global Practice Guide on Corporate Tax, and a patron of the Bridge the Gap campaign of TaxAid and Tax Help for Older People.


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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

(Hall of Fame)

Steve EdgeSlaughter and May

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

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

(Leading individuals)

Steve EdgeSlaughter and May

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