James Stacey > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May

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Global Investigations
Tax Disputes


James is a partner in the Disputes and Investigations Group, and is co-head of our International Arbitration Group.

James has a broad ranging international disputes and investigations practice.  He has a particular focus on international commercial arbitration and has advised extensively on corporate, company, M&A and infrastructure arbitrations under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL.

James has also been involved in advising corporate and banking clients in relation some of the most significant investigations in recent years, including the the Forex Carbon Emissions scandals as well as high profile SFO investigations and a number of internal corporate investigations.

James’ disputes practice includes advising clients on contentious tax disputes, frequently with an international element.


Trained  at Slaughter and May; qualified in 2004; associate from 2004-2013; partner since 2013.




The King’s School, Ottery St Mary, Devon; Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (1997-2000), Jurisprudence (First).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Slaughter and May‘s international arbitration practice is experienced in complex, large-scale arbitrations under all the major institutional rules, such as ICC, LCIA, SIAC, ICSID, as well as the UNCITRAL rules; it also acts in arbitration-related court proceedings in the English and overseas courts. ‘Dynamic duoJames Stacey and Damian Taylor co-head the practice, which includes energy sector expert Efstathios Michael and Peter Wickham, who made partner in March 2021. Former disputes and investigations head Sarah Lee has retired.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

The ‘highly strategic and knowledgeable‘ disputes and investigations group at Slaughter and May is known for handling a range of high value, cross-border and multiparty disputes. With the firm’s notable strength in M&A, the group frequently advises clients on transactional disputes and corporate fallout and also has ‘immense experience of financial disputes‘. The practice is increasingly developing expertise in class and group actions (for which Camilla Sanger and the ‘extremely smart and commercialEfstathios Michael are among the names to note); it also handles competition follow-on damages claims ,which are among Jonathan Clark and Holly Ware‘s areas of focus. Other names to note include financial services sector specialist Deborah Finkler, Damian Taylor (who counts contractual, competition, fraud and insurance disputes among his areas of expertise), and corporate litigator James Stacey. Following Sarah Lee’s retirement, the ‘very strategic litigatorRichard Swallow leads the team. Gayathri Kamalanathan joined from Danske Bank and Peter Wickham, who is strong for energy and natural resources disputes, was promoted to the partnership. Megan Sandler and Smriti Sriram are among the senior associates to note.