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Slaughter and May


Slaughter and May - London
  • One Bunhill Row
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC1Y 8YY
  • Senior Partner Christopher Saul
  • Number of partners 106
  • Number of UK fee earners  626
  • figures as of 01/05/14  

THE FIRM Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm with a worldwide corporate, commercial and financing practice.The firm provides its clients with a professional service of the highest calibre, combining technical excellence with commercial awareness and a practical, constructive approach to legal issues. Every client receives a personal service tailored to their requirements; special emphasis is placed on partner involvement, approachability and continuity of client service. International work is central to the firm’s practice. The firm has close working relationships with leading independent law firms around the world which enables it to provide clients with a first class and seamless legal service worldwide.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Main areas of practice comprise:
Asset Management: Advice to asset management businesses on legal and regulatory issues, including their structure, location, acquisition and disposal and advice to managers and investors on the establishment, promotion and reorganisation of investment funds and other financial products.
Capital Markets: Capital issues ranging from ‘plain vanilla’ to highly structured products; sovereign debt; initial public offerings; rights issues and other pre-emptive issues; convertible and exchangeable securities; placings; equity derivatives; and hedging and stabilisation of equity and equity-related products.
Competition: EC, UK and cross-border merger control; cartels; abuse of dominance; market investigations; state aid; public procurement; sectoral regulation; and competition and regulatory litigation. Competition Litigation: Advising on competition litigation before English and European courts and in other alternative dispute resolution fora, including appeals against decisions of competition authorities and regulators and private actions for damages and other forms of relief.
Contentious Tax: Advising clients on all aspects of the tax disputes with domestic and overseas tax authorities from the investigation stage through to the proceedings before the tax tribunals and courts.
Corporate & Commercial: Broad range of corporate and commercial work including: demergers and reorganisations; joint ventures; returns of capital; corporate governance; and general advice to corporates.
Corporate Recovery & Insolvency: Advising companies, directors, creditors, insolvency practitioners and other parties on complex restructuring and refinancing.
Dispute Resolution: Handles the full range of litigation and arbitration, including: complex international and domestic disputes; risk management; and mediation.
Environment: Compliance, management and liability and the environmental aspects of corporate and financing transactions.
Financial Regulation: A range of regulatory issues affecting financial institution clients and non-regulated customers.
Financing: Expertise includes: acquisitions/leveraged finance; loan finance; derivatives; securitisations; structured finance; and leasing and asset finance.
Global Investigations: Handles the full spectrum of statutory, regulatory and disciplinary investigations by regulatory or professional bodies and government agencies.
Information Technology: Advising companies active across a broad range of new and mainstream technologies on their technology and e-commerce-related matters.
Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources: A range of matters for infrastructure, energy (including oil and gas) and mining and mineral clients, including: mergers and acquisitions; projects; and investments.
Insurance: Advising insurance sector clients on the full range of corporate, financing and regulatory matters including M&A, capital markets, restructurings, risk transfer, regulatory capital and (re)insurance litigation.
Intellectual Property: Creation, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights including on global IP licensing strategies; R&D arrangements and franchising; and multi-jurisdictional and domestic IP disputes.
M&A: Buying and selling public and private companies and businesses, often involving a cross-border element.
Outsourcing: A range of outsourcing and other strategic sourcing projects across a broad range of sectors and jurisdictions and for a variety of services (ITO, BPO,HRO).
Pensions & Employment: Employment, pensions and employee benefit matters.
Private Equity: Venture capital investment through to the largest and most complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions and from the initial investment all the way through to exit.
Sovereign Debt & Eurozone: Advising a range of public and private sector clients around the world on sovereign debt, restructuring and eurozone-related issues.
Real Estate: All types of property transactions as well as construction and engineering projects.
Sport: Advising in relation to on-field matters (player contracts, transfers, registration issues and disciplinary actions), regulation of participants by sports governing bodies as well as every aspect of the business of sport.
Tax: Tax aspects of corporate transactions and activities; the development of innovative structures for financing transactions and instruments; and tax disputes.

RECRUITMENT There are approximately 75-80 vacancies for trainee solicitors per year. In addition, work experience placements are available at Easter and during the summer for penultimate year students considering a career in law. The firm also runs a 2-day workshop in December for non-law finalists and non-law graduates, and an Open Day at Easter for first year law students.Applications should be made using the online form which can be accessed via the website ( and be addressed to Mrs Mel Binks. Further information is available on the careers section of the firm’s website.

  • Asset Management Paul Dickson, Robert Chaplin
  • Capital Markets (equity) Nilufer von Bismarck
  • Capital Markets (debt) Marc Hutchinson
  • Competition Philippe Chappatte John Boyce
  • Competition 
  • Contentious Tax Tony Beare
  • Corporate & Commercial Frances Murphy
  • Corporate Recovery & Insolvency Richard de Carle, Ian Johnson
  • Dispute Resolution Deborah Finkler
  • Environment John Nevin
  • Financial Regulation Ruth Fox
  • Financing Paul Stacey
  • Global Investigations Deborah Finkler
  • Information Technology Rob Sumroy
  • Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources Mark Horton
  • Insurance Oliver Wareham
  • Intellectual Property Susie Middlemiss
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Stephen Cooke
  • Outsourcing Rob Sumroy
  • Pensions & Employment Jonathan Fenn
  • Private Equity Jeff Twentyman
  • Real Estate David Waterfield, Steven Edwards
  • Sovereign Debt & Eurozone Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya, Nilufer von Bismarck, Ian Johnson
  • Sport Andrew Jolly, Rob Sumroy
  • Tax Sara Luder


  • One Bunhill Row,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC1Y 8YY
  • Tel +44 20 7600 1200
  • Fax +44 20 7090 5000
  • DX 11, Chancery Lane, London
  • Website :