The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021 guide has ranked Reed Smith in 45 categories, and six of the rankings were Tier 1. At the same time, 47 individuals from the firm were featured in the rankings by Legal 500.
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The firm earned Tier 1 rankings in: Commodities disputes; Trade finance; Insurance litigation: for policyholders; Media and entertainment (including media finance); Fund finance; and Shipping.

Five Reed Smith practice areas rose in rank: Equity capital markets; EU and competition; securitisation; property finance; and IP/patents.

This year, five Reed Smith lawyers got Hall of Fame recognition for consistently garnering strong praise and for being listed in The Legal 500 rankings for eight or more consecutive years. They are: Lindsay East, consultant, transportation; Stephen Edwards, partner, entertainment & media; Richard Gunn, partner, transportation; Belinda Paisley, partner, global commercial disputes; and Gregor Pryor, partner, entertainment & media.

Thirty-six lawyers overall were recognized as Leading Lawyers. Four lawyers were dubbed Next Generation Partners, and five from Reed Smith were named Rising Stars. Next Generation Partners are recognized as “junior/new/younger partners who make a material difference to the practice.” The publication also named four lawyers as “Rising Stars,” which highlights “associates who make a material difference to the practice.”

The Legal 500 recommended 47 individual Reed Smith lawyers, three of whom were named in more than one category.