LONDON – Global law firm Reed Smith earned rankings in 46 areas of practice in the 2024 rankings published by Legal 500 United Kingdom. This includes achieving the highest Tier 1 rankings in: Commodities disputes; Fund finance; Insurance litigation: for policyholders; Media: digital content & social; Media: media finance; Shipping; and Trade finance.

In addition, multiple Reed Smith London-based lawyers appear as Hall of Fame, Leading Individuals, Next Generation Partners and Rising Stars honourees.

Thirteen Reed Smith lawyers received Hall of Fame recognition in the rankings, for receiving consistently strong praise over a number of years. Gregor Pryor achieved this recognition in two categories:

  • Claude Brown, Derivatives and structured products
  • Delphine Currie, Equity Capital Markets – small/mid cap
  • Stephen Edwards, Media: digital content & social
  • Richard Gunn, Shipping
  • Andrew Meads, Commodities disputes
  • Belinda Paisley, International arbitration
  • Vassia Payiataki, Commodities disputes
  • Gregor Pryor, Media: digital content & social and Media: music
  • Michael Skrein, Reputation management
  • Jonathan Solomon, Trade finance
  • Richard Swinburn, Commodities disputes
  • Andrew Taylor, Shipping
  • Charles Weller, Shipping

These 29 Reed Smith lawyers achieved recognition as Leading Individuals. Leading Individuals are selected based on their contribution to their practice, strong technical ability, complex and innovative work, capability and experience; as well as their contacts at (and credibility with) top clients. Gautam Bhattacharyya once again achieved this recognition in two categories.

  • Alex Andrews, Shipping
  • Gautam Bhattacharyya, Emerging markets and International arbitration
  • Chris Borg, Derivatives and structured products
  • Tamara Box, Securitisation
  • Sarah Caldwell, Securitisation
  • David Calligan, Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory)
  • Margaret Campbell, Insurance litigation: for policyholders
  • Richard Hakes, Transport finance and leasing
  • Peter Hardy, Insurance litigation: for policyholders
  • Charles Hewetson, Professional negligence
  • Brett Hillis, Derivatives and structured products
  • Marjorie Holmes, EU and competition
  • Simon Hugo, Securitisation
  • Bronwen Jones, Fund finance
  • Stephen Kirkpatrick, Shipping
  • Ross Mackenzie, EU and competition
  • Michael Maxtone-Smith, Media: media finance
  • Brigid North, Commercial property: development
  • Cynthia O’Donoghue, IT and telecoms
  • Belinda Paisley (Hall of Fame), Public international law
  • Gregor Pryor (Hall of Fame), IT and telecoms
  • Tariq Rasheed, Derivatives and structured products
  • Prajakt Samant, Derivatives and structured products
  • Paul Skeet, Commodities disputes
  • Nick Stainthorpe, Derivatives and structured products
  • Leon Stephenson, Fund finance
  • Philip Taylor, M&A lower mid-market deals £100m-£750m
  • Julie Vaughan, Environment
  • Rob Wilkins, Transport finance and leasing

Seven Reed Smith lawyers were named as Next Generation Partners, including Suzie Savage who achieved this in two categories:

  • Sarah Caldwell, Derivatives and structured products
  • Elizabeth Farrell, Commodities disputes
  • Brendan Gallen, Private funds 
  • Thor Maalouf, Shipping
  • Alexander Sandiforth, Shipping
  • Suzie Savage, International arbitration and Public international law
  • Patrick Sutton, Emerging markets

Seven Reed Smith lawyers have been dubbed as Rising Stars in the 2024 directory, including Lucy Winnington-Ingram who achieved this in two categories:

  • Andrew Harper, Transport finance and leasing
  • Oliver Rawkins, Banking litigation: investment and retail
  • Laura Riddeck, Construction: non-contentious
  • Iman Roy, Derivatives and structured products
  • Laura-May Scott, Insurance litigation: for policyholders
  • Kyrstin Streeter, Fund finance
  • Lucy Winnington-Ingram, International arbitration and Public international law

More details can be found on the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2023 website at