LONDON – Reed Smith has been named one of the UK's premier law firms, earning top rankings in multiple practice areas and markets in Chambers and Partners’ 2021 UK rankings.

Related Professionals: Alex Andrews Nick Austin Chris Borg M. Tamara Box Nick Brocklesby Claude Brown David Calligan Sarah Caldwell Margaret E. Campbell Shareena Edmonds Stephen Edwards Richard M. Gunn Peter Hardy Adam Hedley Brett Hillis Robin B. Jeffcott Bronwen Jones Stephen A. Kirkpatrick Michael J. Maxtone-Smith Andrew Meads Cynthia O'Donoghue Christopher L. O'Shea Belinda L. Paisley Vassia Payiataki Winston Penhall Mark Pring Gregor Pryor Nicholas Rock Vincent Rowan Philip R. Rymer Laura-May Scott Justine M. Senior Francisca Sepúlveda Michael Skrein Jonathan Solomon William Sutton Richard G. Swinburn Andrew D. Taylor Philip M. Taylor Elle Todd Charles Weller Robert A. Wilkins

The firm earned Band-1 rankings in four UK-wide categories. They were: Commodities: Derivatives & Energy Trading; Commodities: Physicals; Insurance: Mainly Policyholders; and Shipping. 

Chambers and Partners hiked the firm’s rank in three UK-wide categories: Asset Finance: Shipping Finance; Financial Services: Non-Contentious Regulatory; and International Arbitration: Investor-State Arbitration.

The directory lists 42 individual lawyers as preeminent practitioners, seven of whom are ranked Band 1. They are:

  • Chris Borg – UK-wide Commodities: Derivatives & Energy Trading 
  • Margaret Campbell – UK-wide Insurance: Mainly Policyholders
  • Peter Hardy – UK-wide Insurance: Mainly Policyholders
  • Gregor Pryor – UK-wide Media & Entertainment: Gaming, Social Media & Interactive Content
  • Richard Swinburn – UK-wide Commodities: Physicals
  • Andrew Taylor – UK-wide Shipping
  • Charles Weller – UK-wide Shipping

Five individuals are ranked for the first time.

  • Sarah Caldwell – London Capital Markets: Securitisation
  • Shareena Edmonds – UK-wide Construction: International Arbitration
  • Bronwen Jones – London Banking & Finance: Fund Finance
  • Winston Penhall – UK-wide Investment Funds: Private Equity: Venture Capital
  • Laura-May Scott – UK-wide Insurance: Mainly Policyholders 

Four individuals were ranked in more than one practice area. They were: Bronwen Jones (London Banking & Finance: Fund Finance and London Banking & Finance: Lenders: Mid-Market); Cynthia O’Donoghue (London Information Technology and UK-wide Data Protection & Information Law); Michael Skrein (London Intellectual Property and UK-wide Defamation/Reputation Management); and Gregor Pryor (UK-wide Media & Entertainment: Music: Non-Contentious and UK-wide Media & Entertainment: Gaming, Social Media & Interactive Content).

Here is the full list of ranked lawyers: Alex Andrews, Nick Austin, Chris Borg, Tamara Box, Nicholas Brocklesby, Claude Brown, David Calligan, Sarah Caldwell, Margaret Campbell, Shareena Edmonds, Stephen Edwards, Richard Gunn, Peter Hardy, Adam Hedley, Brett Hillis, Stephen Kirkpatrick, Robin Jeffcott, Bronwen Jones, Cynthia O’Donoghue, Michael Maxtone-Smith, Andrew Meads, Eoin O’Shea, Belinda Paisley, Vassia Payiataki, Winston Penhall. Mark Pring, Gregor Pryor, Nicholas Rock, Vincent Rowan, Philip Rymer, Laura-May Scott, Justine Senior, Francisca Sepúlveda, Michael Skrein, Jonathan Solomon, Will Sutton, Richard Swinburn, Andrew Taylor, Philip Taylor, Elle Todd, Charles Weller, and Rob Wilkins.