LONDON – Forty-eight London-based lawyers at global law firm Reed Smith have been recognised in the latest Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom™ guide, published today.

Reed Smith partner Richard Swinburn was ranked as a Lawyer of the Year, an exclusive honour that goes to just one lawyer per practice area in each region and is based on receiving the highest overall feedback from peers. Swinburn advises energy and natural resources companies, commodity trading companies and banks in connection with all aspects of their commodities-related business, including financing, trading and transportation of bulk commodities.

Seven lawyers were included in the UK listings for the first time this year, namely David Ashmore, Richard Ceeney, Jeb Clulow, Simon Hartley, Gregor Pryor, Justine Senior and Lucy Winnington-Ingram.

The following lawyers were recognised in the 2025 edition. Among them, M. Tamara Box, Claude Brown, Andrew Meads, Cynthia O’Donoghue, Richard Swinburn and Tom Whelan were recognised in more than one category:

Asset finance

  • Richard Hakes


  • Chris Borg
  • Claude Brown
  • Andrew Meads
  • Prajakt Samant
  • Richard Swinburn


  • Richard Ceeney

Corporate finance

  • James Wilkinson


  • Michael Skrein


  • M. Tamara Box
  • Claude Brown
  • Brett Hillis


  • David Ashmore
  • Robin Jeffcott


  • Peter Hardy

Intellectual property

  • Jonathan Radcliffe

International arbitration

  • Andrew Meads
  • Richard Swinburn

International trade

  • Elizabeth Farrell


  • Charles Hewetson
  • Richard Spafford
  • David Warne

Media and entertainment

  • Stephen Edwards
  • Michael Maxtone-Smith
  • Richard Philipps
  • Gregor Pryor

Mergers and acquisitions

  • Philip Taylor
  • Tom Whelan


  • Cynthia O’Donoghue


  • Simon Hartley
  • Justine Senior

Privacy and data protection

  • Cynthia O’Donoghue
  • Elle Todd

Private equity

  • Tom Whelan

Real estate

  • Lawrence Radley
  • Graham Reid
  • Jimmy Theodorou


  • M. Tamara Box
  • Claude Brown
  • Jason Richardson


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