LONDON – Thirty-seven lawyers from the London office of international law firm Reed Smith have achieved listings in the latest Best Lawyers® in the United Kingdom guide.

Reed Smith shipping law consultant Andrew Taylor was included as a Lawyer of the Year, an exclusive honour that goes to just one lawyer per practice area in each region. Taylor focuses on all aspects of shipping law, including charter disputes, off-shore contracts, sale and purchase, casualty response and related insurance issues, with particular experience in relation to P&I Clubs and their rules.

ENR finance partner Patrick Sutton and financial industry group associate Kyrstin Streeter are on the inaugural listing of Best Lawyers® ‘Ones to Watch’, which recognises outstanding professional excellence in lawyers who are earlier in their careers.

These listings demonstrate the London office’s strength in litigation, arbitration and in mergers and acquisitions; and in the legal services it provides in matters relating to commodities, data privacy, entertainment and media, finance, real estate, and shipping.

The thirty-seven Reed Smith lawyers included this year is an increase on the twenty-eight lawyers featured in last year’s guide.

The following lawyers are recognised in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers® in the United Kingdom:


  • Chris Borg
  • Richard Swinburn

Commodities, International Arbitration

  • Andrew Meads

Defamation Law

  • Michael Skrein


  • M. Tamara Box

Derivatives and Securitisation Law

  • Claude Brown

Employment Law

  • Robin Jeffcott

Immigration Law

  • Peter Alfandary

Insurance Law

  • Peter Hardy

Intellectual Property Law

  • Jonathan Radcliffe

International Arbitration

  • Frances Furness


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

Media and Entertainment Law

  • Stephen Edwards
  • Sophie Goossens
  • Michael Maxtone-Smith
  • Richard Philipps

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

  • Mark Sanders
  • Philip Taylor

Outsourcing, Privacy and Data Protection Law

  • Cynthia O’Donoghue

Privacy and Data Protection Law

  • Elle Todd

Real Estate Law

  • Lawrence Radley
  • Graham Reid

Shipping Law

  • Alex Andrews
  • Nick Austin
  • Terry Floyd
  • Richard Gunn
  • Marjorie Holmes
  • Stephen Kirkpatrick
  • Alexander Sandiforth
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Sally-Ann Underhill
  • Charles Weller

Lawyers included in the listing for the first time this year are: Terry Floyd, Frances Furness, Sophie Goossens, Mark Sanders, Alexander Sandiforth, Philip Taylor, Elle Todd and Sally-Ann Underhill.

Selection to the Best Lawyers® list of outstanding lawyers is based on an annual peer-review survey.