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Slaughter and May

Living Wage
ONE BUNHILL ROW, LONDON, EC1Y 8YY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7600 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7090 5000
DX:
11 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Web:
www.slaughterandmay.com
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Richard Jeens

Tel:
Work 020 7600 1200
Email:
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner. Richard’s practice spans a broad-range of high profile commercial disputes, investigations and contentious regulatory and tax matters, often involving multiple jurisdictions. He acts for major corporates and financial institutions as well as governmental bodies and international organisations.
Richard is also a partner in the firm's Data Protection and Privacy hub and advises on all aspects of data protection and privacy, including in the context of global investigations or disputes.

Career

Joined Slaughter and May 2005. Partner since 2016.

Contributing editor and UK chapter author to Getting the Deal Through: Tax Controversy 2017. Recognised as a leading practitioner in the International Tax Review: Tax Controversy Leadrs Guide, 2017.


London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Slaughter and May has particular expertise in high-value, technically-demanding, multi-jurisdictional disputes. The practice’s scope involves complex, structured products and sophisticated, financial derivative instruments, and it stands out for global regulatory investigations. The team acts for a broad spectrum of clients in the financial sector, including investment banks, major building societies, accountants, hedge funds, actuaries and private equity firms. Highlights included advising Banco Santander Totta (BST) on successful litigation, which arose out of interest rate swaps between BST and the defendants, which are publicly-owned Portuguese companies; this matter was the first case to be tried in the Financial List, the new dedicated financial court. It also acted for Mercuria Energy Europe Trading in dishonest assistance and fraudulent trading claims brought against it and its co-defendant, RBS that arose out of trading in the carbon emissions market. Sarah Lee is team head and Jonathan Clark's international banking practice includes advising on litigation involving derivatives transactions, benchmark manipulation and regulatory investigations, often ranging across multiple jurisdictions. Other key advisers are Deborah Finkler, Ewan Brown, Richard Swallow, Richard Jeens and Damian Taylor.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Acting for FTSE 100 clients across all industry sectors, Slaughter and May's 'excellent team' is widely respected for high-stakes commercial and corporate litigation, including the full range of post-acquisition, joint venture, shareholder and partnership disputes that frequently have cross-border elements.  Sarah Lee, who was elected head of the firm's dispute resolution group, acted for Mercuria Energy Europe Trading in claims brought against it, and its co-defendant, RBS, in the Financial List, which arose out of trading in the carbon emissions market in 2009; the claims relate to alleged missing trader intra-Community VAT fraud. In other significant matters, Jonathan Cotton acted for Diageo in proceedings against Vijay Mallya (the owner of both Force India Formula 1 team and Kingfisher Airlines), his son and various associated entities; the claim relates to various alleged breaches by the defendants of numerous commercial agreements. Other highly rated advisers include Richard Swallow, whose practice covers banking and financial services disputes, fraud and asset tracing, energy sector matters and contentious antitrust issues, including follow-on damages actions; and Damian Taylor, who 'provides clear and pragmatic advice on difficult questions'. Also recommended are Deborah Finkler, Efstathios Michael, Ewan Brown, Jonathan Clark, Richard Jeens and James Stacey, while Camilla Sanger is a key associate. Richard Clark retired from the partnership and Nick Gray joined international arbitration think tank, Newton Arbitration. 

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Tax litigation and investigations

Within: Next generation lawyers

Richard Jeens - Slaughter and May

Within: Tax litigation and investigations

Slaughter and May's team, which sits in both the tax and dispute resolution departments, has 'a pre-eminent reputation across the spectrum of its practice', which encompasses investigations, pre-litigation settlements and litigation before courts at all levels. The group is co-led by Richard Jeens and intellectual property-related tax expert Dominic Robertson. Jeens is currently providing technical tax and strategic advice to Hays in relation to a dispute with HMRC over the correct VAT treatment of introductions of temporary workers; in claims for the repayment of over £1bn. Sarah Lee is currently assisting Mercuria Energy Europe Trading with the defence of a £73m High Court claim brought against it and its co-defendant RBS in relation to a missing trader VAT fraud in the carbon emissions market. Other key practitioners include Steve Edge and Mike Lane.

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