Rupert Reed QC


Year of Call: 1996 Year of Silk: 2014

‘A recent silk who has a fine reputation. He is regularly involved in matters concerning property developments and investments, many of which have an international or Middle Eastern flavour.’ ‘He is super bright.’ ‘He has a calm and easy manner as an advocate that is very effective.’

Chambers UK Bar 2016

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. He has been repeatedly identified as a ‘Leader of the Bar' in Chambers Global since 2014.

He has a broad commercial and financial disputes 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 has issues as to interim injunctive relief, jurisdiction, applicable law and cross-border enforcement.

Rupert has an established reputation in cases in the Middle East and in London involving parties from the 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.

Rupert has acted and been appointed as arbitrator in a number of London and Dubai seated arbitrations under the LCIA, LMAA, LCIA-DIFC and DIAC Rules.

He also takes 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

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    DIFC Court: high bar for anti-suit injunctive relief

    Federal Express International Inc. v. Abdul Latif Jameel Transportation Company Ltd [2018] DIFC CFI 038 Judgment: 15 July 2018 DIFC Court of First Instance ... Read More

  • Events

    Property Law Update 2018 - 7th November

    Location: The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RQ. Read More

    Events

    Current issues in Islamic Finance Litigation

    Location: Serle Court 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

BSB Registration

John William Rupert Reed QC

VAT Number

707592715

Awards

Chambers UK

Ranked - Leading Barrister

Chamber Global

Ranked - Leading Barrister

The Legal 500

Leading Individual

Who's Who Legal

Recognised

News & Events

  • News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2018

    “…thank you Serle Court for another interesting conference - informative and enjoyable - a great combination!” On... Read More

    News

    DIFC Court: high bar for anti-suit injunctive relief

    Federal Express International Inc. v. Abdul Latif Jameel Transportation Company Ltd [2018] DIFC CFI 038 Judgment: 15 July 2018 DIFC Court of First Instance ... Read More

  • Events

    Property Law Update 2018 - 7th November

    Location: The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RQ. Read More

    Events

    Current issues in Islamic Finance Litigation

    Location: Serle Court Read More