A global reputation

At the cutting edge

Reputation is a precious asset. It is because of our reputation for excellence that we are appointed as legal advisers to the world's leading companies on high-profile and often landmark transactions. The nature of the work defines how we approach it, and for that reason it shapes the careers of our lawyers.

We have clients all over the world and across all industries. They range from governments to entrepreneurs, from funds to leading banks, from retailers to entertainment companies and from industrial conglomerates to Premier League football clubs.

We have an extensive practice providing a full range of legal services so it follows that our work is tremendously varied.

We were the only law firm to have been involved in dealing with almost every aspect of the UK financial crisis. Working closely with Treasury legal advisers, we were at the centre of the measures taken by the Government to support the banking sector, and we continue to advise on many aspects of these measures.

More recently, we acted for Shell on its acquisition of BG Group, for GSK on its three-part transaction with Novartis, for Vodafone on the disposal of its US group to Verizon for $130 billion, and for Royal Mail on its initial public offering. Each of these exciting transactions attracted a great deal of media attention. 

For our trainees the benefits are clear. The calibre of our clients, the breadth of their business and the transactions they bring us have a direct bearing on the range and quality of the work you will do every day. Of course it is gratifying to know that your work can affect the lives of many people or have international significance, but of equal importance is its challenging nature. Great minds thrive on being tested. Being at the cutting edge of this profession will certainly test you. People at Slaughter and May never stop learning, even the most senior partners, and that is one of the greatest things we can offer you.

Jolyon Smith on the quality of our work

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