Rupert Reed QC


Year of Call: 1996 Year of Silk: 2014

A respected silk who is described by sources as pleasant, polished and smooth. His commercial chancery practice has an international thread running through it, and he has a particular specialism in work with a Middle Eastern aspect to it.” Very user-friendly and gets down to the detail of a case. He know what clients want and he is a team player.” “Thorough, well reasoned, approachable, young and dynamic.”

He is exceptionally bright and extremely impressive on his feet.” “Well known for his extensive property practice, he regularly undertakes disputes concerning the management and development of commercial properties. He is particularly well known for his work on financial and joint venture disputes relating to commercial property in the retail and leisure sectors”

Chambers Global and UK Bar 2018 and 2019

Practice Overview

Rupert was appointed as a QC in 2014, having won 'Chancery Junior of the Year' at the Chambers Bar Awards in 2013. In the same year, he was included in the Chambers 100: UK Bar list of the top 100 junior barristers across all fields. Since 2014, he has been repeatedly identified as a 'Leader of the Bar' in Chambers Global.

He has a broad commercial and financial dispite practice, with a focus on agreements arising out of property investment, finance, development, and management, as well as wider fraud, banking, and shareholder disputes.

His practice in England is primarily in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He has a substantial overseas practice before arbitral tribunals and in the courts of offshore jurisdictions, in particular, the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Courts. His international work commonly involves issues as to interim injunctive relief, jurisdiction, applicable law, and cross-bored enforcement. 

Rupert has an established reputation in cases in the Middle East and in London involving parties from the Gulf and wider MENA region. He is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Arabic, and has significant experience of issues of law and practice arising in Saudia Arabia, as well as the UAE, Egypt and other civil law jurisdictions. 

He is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in commercial and property matters in the Middle East and has significant experience as co-arbitrator, chairperson and sole arbitrator in DIAC and DIFC-LCIA arbitrations. He has even wider experience as counsel in LCIA, LICA-DIFC, ICC, DIAC and LMAA arbitrations seated in Europe and the Gulf. 

He accepts professional negligence and indemnity work for both claimants and defendants across a broad range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, IFAs, company directors and property professionals. 

Rupert's work and reputation have been widely recognised in Chancery Commercial practice in Chambers Global, in Chancery Commercial, Real Estate Litigation, and Professional Negligence in Chambers UK Bar Guide, in Property Litigation and Banking and Finance in the Legal 500 and in Real Estate in Who's Who Legal: UK Bar.

News & Events

  • News

    Serle Court says a warm farewell to Bar Council China Trainee, Richard Cao

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    Serle Court receives rankings in the Legal 500 EMEA for UAE expertise

    Serle Court has recently been ranked in the Legal 500's EMEA directory for its work in the Middle East. ... Read More

  • Events

    Executive LLM Talks: How did Islamic finance prosper under English Law?

    Location: London School of Economics and Political Science, Wolfson Theatre, WC2A 2AE Read More

    Events

    Dubai Seminars 2019

    Location: Ritz Cartlon, Dubai International Finance Centre Read More

  • ‘The ‘chancery star’ Rupert Reed QC is ‘fiercely intelligent’ in complex financing and real estate transactions. Reed has a high profile client base and receives positive feed-back from clients who say he is ‘excellent on his feet, with a fluid style of advocacy, which resonates well with clients and judges’.’

    Who's Who Legal: UK Bar 2015
  • ‘Well known for his extensive property practice, he regularly undertakes disputes concerning the management and development of commercial properties. ‘His written work is very good. He is very approachable and you can go to him for ad hoc advice.’ ‘Hands-on and very proactive.’

    Chambers UK Bar 2017

Education & Qualifications

BA Hons (First Class with Distinction) History and Modern Languages (French), Oxford
MA Hons (Double First) Law, Cambridge
LLM Harvard
Scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford, and Downing College, Cambridge
Kennedy Scholar at Harvard Law School

Appointments

1999: Called (ad hoc) to the Bar of the Cayman Islands
2000-2005: Attorney General’s C Panel of Treasury Counsel
2009: Registered as Advocate before the DIFC Courts

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association
Commercial Bar Association

In the Press

'The Tale of Two Cities, Revisited' CDR Magazine, Comments with Prof. Jonathan Harris QC, 21 February 2018

News & Events

  • News

    Serle Court says a warm farewell to Bar Council China Trainee, Richard Cao

    For the past few weeks, Serle Court had the pleasure of hosting a lawyer in chambers as part of the... Read More

    News

    Serle Court receives rankings in the Legal 500 EMEA for UAE expertise

    Serle Court has recently been ranked in the Legal 500's EMEA directory for its work in the Middle East. ... Read More

  • Events

    Executive LLM Talks: How did Islamic finance prosper under English Law?

    Location: London School of Economics and Political Science, Wolfson Theatre, WC2A 2AE Read More

    Events

    Dubai Seminars 2019

    Location: Ritz Cartlon, Dubai International Finance Centre Read More