Richard Swallow > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May

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Competition Litigation
Global Investigations


Richard is Head of our Disputes and Investigations Group. Areas of particular expertise include corporate crime and sanctions investigations, group/class action litigation (competition, mass tort and securities claims), and banking litigation and investigations.

With over 25 years of experience of a wide range of complex and substantial disputes and investigations, Richard has represented clients in high-value, multi-jurisdictional, proceedings and significant global regulatory and criminal investigations. Richard spent three years working in our Hong Kong office advising on a range of commercial disputes throughout the South East Asia region. He is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and as a Solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


Trained at Slaughter and May; qualified in 1993; partner since 2000.


Uppingham School; Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1989 MA Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

The practitioners at Slaughter and May are well positioned to advise on the interplay between civil and criminal fraud, and often work closely with the firm’s global investigations group. Clients including global corporates, financial institutions and governments are selecting the team for fraud-related matters. Jonathan Cotton has expertise in extractive frauds, accounting frauds, misrepresentations and information theft, while Peter Wickham has a ‘can-do attitude‘. Richard Swallow leads the practice.

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

At Slaughter and May, the practice is able to leverage the experience of Deborah Finkler, a lawyer with a three-decade long track record of acting on FCA, PRA and FOS proceedings. Elsewhere, Ewan Brown serves as a go-to within the market for FX manipulation cases, while Holly Ware is a figure of prominence owing to her LIBOR investigation, market abuse and money laundering know-how. Jonathan Cotton is acclaimed for his capabilities in export controls and sanctions, Company Act offences and FSMA matters, among many others, and the team also includes Gayathri Kamalanathan, an up-and-coming partner with over 10 years experience of senior in-house roles at leading banks. Jonathan Clark is also a key name to note. Richard Swallow leads the group.

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

(Hall of Fame)

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The ‘highly regarded expert team‘ at Slaughter and May plays a leading role in major ongoing SFO cases, including representing the likes of British American Tobacco and John Wood Group in high-profile proceedings. The firm offers strong criminal and regulatory expertise, with a focus on complex investigations, often involving multijurisdictional elements, relating to bribery, corruption, market abuse, and sanctions issues, as well as providing compliance advice on international trade and AML policies. The practice is led by the ‘superbRichard Swallow , Jonathan Cotton , and Ewan Brown , each of whom offer extensive expertise in complex SFO and international regulatory investigations and prosecutions, while Holly Ware is noted for her global investigations work, largely acting against the FCA and SFO. James Stacey  has a strong record in work for listed companies and financial services entities, while Gayathri Kamalanathan has in-house financial services expertise and specialises in regulatory investigations and litigation within the industry. Senior counsel Ella Williams continues to play a key role in complex regulatory prosecutions as well as providing compliance advice.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Slaughter and May‘s banking litigation team offers ‘strength in depth at all levels’. The overall disputes and investigations group is led by Richard Swallow, while key figures in litigation include Ewan Brown, who has experience advising in relation to corporate crime, competition claims and tax appeals, and Camilla Sanger, whose practice covers commercial, banking and competition litigation. Both are described by one client as ‘perfect performers as partners’. ‘Hugely experienced‘ Deborah Finkler, and Jonathan Clark, who specialises in defending against allegations of deliberate wrongdoing, are also key part of the banking litigation team, which works across the financial services sector for high profile clients including JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. The practice has been in growth mode,  with Gayathri Kamalanathan joining as a partner in April 2021 from Danske Bank in Copenhagen, where she was head of group litigation and enforcement.   Peter Wickham  was made up to partner the same year.

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

(Hall of Fame)

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Fielding a pre-eminent competition litigation practice, Slaughter and May regularly acts on some of the largest private enforcement actions before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and High Court, as well as appeals before both national courts and the CJEU. Pooling cross-disciplinary expertise, the firm is praised for its ‘sheer quality’. Disputes and investigations practice head Richard Swallow has extensive experience of multi-jurisdictional competition litigation, having advised high-profile global clients such as Volkswagen and JPMorgan Chase. The team also benefits from ‘brilliant tactician’ Damian Taylor and ‘excellent litigator’ Jonathan ClarkCamilla Sanger, who has built up a large contentious antitrust practice, is also recommended along with ‘formidable strategistHolly Ware and Elizabeth Jordan.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

Fielding a sizeable team of ‘top performers‘, Slaughter and May acts in cases that are central to the commercial and reputational interests of leading corporates active across all industries. The firm has a stellar reputation for class actions, with Camilla Sanger and Efstathios Michael regularly acting in the most novel and complex examples of such litigation; an ongoing highlight sees the department defending BHP Group in proceedings involving over 200,000 claimants arising out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. The bench was further strengthened at partner level by the making up of Megan Sandler in May 2022. Sandler joins such recommended names as Damian Taylor and Holly Ware. Richard Swallow heads up the practice.