Slaughter and May

Investigations & Enforcement (International & Cross-Border) Department

UK
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What the team is known for Elite UK firm which is revered for its ability to orchestrate global mandates from London and has carved out a high level of influence worldwide. The firm's stellar cohort of blue-chip corporate clients regularly choose to instruct the firm as lead counsel across transactional matters and disputes. Slaughter and May's independent, lockstep model has also proved appealing when forging close relationships with firms of a similar style and status in jurisdictions outside the UK, ensuring that the firm can provide clients with a team of market-leading firms to add foreign law expertise on international work to fit the client's requirements.

The firm has a renowned financial crime and government investigations practice and offers a useful combination of top-end corporate expertise and strength in anti-corruption and investigations work. Driven by its reputable London team, Slaughter & May is noted for its ability to co-ordinate complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations from the UK, while also offering investigations expertise on the ground in China. It typically advises on investigations in conjunction with its impressive network of foreign counsel often ensuring seamlessness by working together with lawyers it has hosted on secondment from top independent firms in other jurisdictions.

Strengths"Slaughter and May have a fantastic caseload of work on UK corporates," a source says. Similarly, another interviewee says the lawyers "pride themselves on representing UK PLCs," adding: "I rate them very highly for this sort of work."

Another source notes that the firm has the capacity to handle large and complex investigations, commenting: "They have strength and depth and an awful lot of very good people. So if you've got a big matter and it needs lots of people at a certain level, then Slaughter and May can do that."