LONDON – Reed Smith today announced that 28 of its London-based lawyers have been selected to the 2022 list of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom. Two of the Reed Smith lawyers received exclusive “Lawyer of the Year” accolades.

The awards are another indication of the London office‘s strength in litigation and in the legal services it provides in matters relating to commodities, shipping, real estate, entertainment & media, and data privacy.

The 2022 edition of Best Lawyers spotlights the top 3.6% of practicing lawyers in the United Kingdom, including 244 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients, the publication states.

The following lawyers were featured.


  • Chris Borg
  • Andrew Meads
  • Richard Swinburn

Defamation Law

  • Michael Skrein


  • M. Tamara Box
  • Claude Brown

Employment Law

  • Robin Jeffcott

Environmental Law

  • Nicholas Rock

Immigration Law

  • Peter Alfandary

Insurance Law

  • Peter Hardy

Intellectual Property Law

  • Jonathan Radcliffe


  • Charles Hewetson
  • Belinda Paisley
  • Richard Spafford
  • David Warne

Media and Entertainment Law

  • Michael Maxtone-Smith
  • Richard Philipps
  • Stephen Edwards


  • Cynthia O'Donoghue

Privacy and Data Protection Law

  • Cynthia O'Donoghue

Real Estate Law

  • Graham Reid
  • Lawrence Radley

Securitisation Law

  • Claude Brown

Shipping Law

  • Alex Andrews
  • Nick Austin
  • Richard Gunn
  • Marjorie Holmes
  • Stephen Kirkpatrick
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Charles Weller

Two Reed Smith partners were highlighted on the related “Lawyers of the Year” list, in their respective practices. Peter Hardy, a litigator who focuses on insurance recoveries, received the award in the field of insurance law. Chris Borg, a futures practitioner who co-leads Reed Smith’s financial markets and regulatory team, received the award in the category of commodities.

“Lawyer of the Year” honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region.