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Slaughter and May

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Mike is Head of our Tax practice. He has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on a wide range of transactions, including public and private M&A, debt and equity capital markets transactions, group reorganisations and structured finance, as well as on contentious matters, such as diverted profits tax and transfer pricing disputes, unallowable purpose challenges and State aid investigations.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 2002; partner in 2009. 

Mike contributes a regular monthly column to the Tax Journal and is a frequent speaker at various conferences on a wide range of tax issues.


French, German.


Law Society.


Oxford University (BA); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (LPC).


Triathlon, skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

(Hall of Fame)

Mike LaneSlaughter and May

Slaughter and May provides a ‘fantastic service‘ and showcases ‘first-class technical capabilities‘ across the full breadth of international tax and tax issues relating to transactions. Mike Lane is the head of the tax practice and displays an ‘impressive‘ level of expertise in the financial services industry, particularly in the capital markets space. Gareth Miles has a strong focus on M&A work and Dominic Robertson has a broad tax practice that covers transactional, advisory and disputes advice. Steve Edge is a well-recognised name in the corporate tax space, while William Watson is also noted and has a strong background in real estate and oil and gas work, as well as a growing pensions tax practice. At the junior end of the team, associates Charles Osborne and Sarah Osprey are key names to note.

London > Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

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.