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Slaughter and May

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Work Department

Corporate and commercial, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions.


Paul is a partner with a broad practice covering a range of corporate and corporate finance matters for listed and unlisted clients. His experience includes advising on M&A transactions, private acquisitions and disposals, equity capital markets and asset management transactions, together with partnership and investment fund structures.


Qualified 2002; partner Slaughter and May 2011.


Glenalmond College, University of Aberdeen (LL.B (Hons)); University of Edinburgh (Diploma in Legal Practice).

Lawyer Rankings

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

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

London > Industry focus > TMT

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