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Slaughter and May

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Damian is a partner in the Disputes and Investigations Group and is the co-head of the International Arbitration Group. He advises on all contentious matters, drawing on his broad experience across a wide variety of disputes before the High Court, Competition Appeals Tribunal and international arbitration Tribunals, as well as advising clients on investigations commenced by regulators. 

Damian has particular experience in the field of competition law, group actions, contractual interpretation, insurance and commercial fraud.  He acts for clients across a broad spectrum including energy and financial institutions, governments and high profile sports clubs.

Damian sits on the firm’s Africa Practice Group and helps develop the firm’s practice in Africa, as well as acting for African clients and clients investing in Africa.


Joined Slaughter and May in 2005. Partner since 2016.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

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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.

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 > Competition litigation

Slaughter and May ‘quite simply have one of the finest competition litigation teams in the City’. The firm is able to offer a deep bench of specialist practitioners, with a strength in competition litigation that stretches across all seniority levels. In addition to handling standalone claims, the group is regularly instructed to defend large corporates in damages cases following on from the most high profile liability decisions at EU and UK level. Damian Taylor and Holly Ware advise MAN SE on claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court following the European Commission’s truck cartel investigation. ‘Great elder statesman’ Richard Swallow, who leads the group, is currently advising on damages claims arising from the roll-on/roll-off cartel alongside Camilla Sanger. Senior counsel Elizabeth Jordan is a ‘future superstar’.

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