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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 > International arbitration

Slaughter and May‘s ‘absolutely stellar practice‘ acts in major disputes for clients from the energy, infrastructure, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors (among others). The international arbitration group is co-led by James Stacey, who is well known for challenging commercial disputes, and ‘visionary arbitration partnerDamian Taylor. The team additionally fields energy disputes specialist Efstathios Michael and Jonathan Clark, who acts under the rules of major arbitral institutions. Peter Wickham and Megan Sandler were elevated to the partnership in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Efstathios Michael at Slaughter and May approaches ‘reinsurance disputes with excellent commercial judgement and an incisive legal mind’. He continues to be highly sought after for policy coverage and interpretation, aggregation, non-disclosure and misrepresentation, and business interruption insurance. Damian Taylor, financial institutions specialist Ewan Brown and associate Nupur Upadhyay are also recommended.

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

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

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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.

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