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Slaughter and May
ONE BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YY
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Disputes.

Position

Partner. Richard has a broad practice covering high profile commercial disputes, investigations and contentious data, regulatory, pension and tax matters, often involving multiple jurisdictions.

Career

Joined Slaughter and May 2005. Partner since 2016.

Richard is the contributing editor and UK chapter author of Getting the Deal Through: Tax Controversy 2021 and is recognised as a leading practitioner in the ITR’s Tax Controversy Leaders Guide. He is a regular contributor to the Tax Journal on all issues concerning contentious tax.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

Richard JeensSlaughter and May

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

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

(Next Generation Partners)

Richard JeensSlaughter 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.

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

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

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

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