William Watson > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May
ONE BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YY
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Areas of expertise:
Tax
Tax Disputes
Global Investigations
Infrastructure and Energy

Position

William’s a partner and his practice covers all UK taxes relevant to corporate and financing transactions.

Particular areas of interest include real estate and the oil and gas sector. However, William also has extensive experience of M&A, demergers and other corporate structuring, private equity and debt and equity financing and in recent years he has built up a substantial (and, to date, successful) tax litigation practice.

Career

Joined Slaughter and May in 1994. Partner since 2004.

Education

St Paul’s School; Merton College, Oxford (MA Classics).

Leisure

Chess (professional player 1984-92), theatre, skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

(Leading individuals)

William Watson   – Slaughter 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.