Rupert Reed QC


Year of Call: 1996 Year of Silk: 2014

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.

“A noted leader in both commercial and pure chancery matters. …He is a particularly fine choice of counsel for Middle Eastern work.” “He’s a good guy who has a terrific grasp on tactics…” “He is so user-friendly and is exceedingly proactive in driving cases forward.” “He has an easy-going light touch and gets the balance just right in court.”

Chambers Global and UK Bar

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 dispute 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-border 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 Saudi Arabia, as well as the UAE, Egypt and other civil law jurisdictions.

He co-edits the DIFC Courts Practice, the first text-book on DIFC substantive and procedural law, to which a number of members of Chambers have contributed.  In his foreword, he Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts generously commented of the editors that ‘few have made as great a contribution to the development of the laws and rules’.

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 is a member of both the DIAC Rules Task Force and the DIFC Court’s Arbitration Working Group.

Rupert 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 Civil Fraud and Real Estate in Who's Who Legal: UK Bar.

News & Events

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    Rupert Reed QC & Gregor Hogan “COVID-19 fallout: Businesses will soon be testing UAE’s legal boundaries”

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  • ‘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
  • ‘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 and Partners
  • 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.”

    Chambers and Partners

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

1996:Called to the Bar of England and Wales

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

2014:
Queen’s Counsel

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association
Commercial Bar Association

In the Press

‘Covid-19 fallout: Businesses will soon be testing UAE’s legal boundaries’, Gulf News, 24 July 2020, with Gregor Hogan, Keith Hutchison and Nick Braganza.

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

News & Events

  • News

    Who’s Who Legal online rankings 2020

    We are very pleased to learn that Serle Court has received rankings in 12 of the 2020 Who’s Who Legal... Read More

    News

    Rupert Reed QC & Gregor Hogan “COVID-19 fallout: Businesses will soon be testing UAE’s legal boundaries”

    In a special feature for Gulf News, Serle Court’s Rupert Reed QC and Gregor Hogan together with Keith... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court completes 5 live webinar sessions on DIFC Courts Law and Practice

    Location: Live Webinars Read More

    Events

    DIFC Courts Practice Webinar Series

    Location: Live Webinar via StarLeaf Read More