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Charles Russell Speechlys grows its rankings in The Legal 500 EMEA directory

Charles Russell Speechlys has gained five new rankings across Europe, Middle East and Africa in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA guide, solidifying its position as a “Top-Tier Firm” in three key practice areas and receiving recommendations in 15 others. 

A total of 38 lawyers have been individually mentioned for their outstanding contributions and legal experience in their respective fields, including five lawyers recognised as “Leading Individuals”, three listed as “Next Generation Partners”, and two as “Rising Stars.” 

The recognition reflects a year of significant growth for the Firm across its international offices. 


In Europe, our performance has also been lauded in The Legal 500 EMEA 2024 guide. 

For the first time the Firm has been marked as a ‘Firm to Watch’ for Litigation in France, while also maintaining its strong ranking in Employment for the fourth year running. 

Frédéric Jeannin, Partner and Head of Paris, comments: 

“We are delighted and honoured to be ranked along with other leaders in the market. In particular, we are grateful to see that our growing Litigation practice has been recognised this year. This accomplishment is truly gratifying and is a testament to our consistent performance and exceptional legal service in the field. We would like to thank our clients for their continuous support and trust.” 

Feedback included: “The team is one of the most reactive and efficient legal teams I deal with across our European Estate.” “Deep knowledge of French employment law and the French market, quick response, practical and legally sound recommendations, very pragmatic, clear cost structure, always responsive.”

In Luxembourg, the team received praise for maintaining strong rankings in Banking & Finance, Tax, Corporate & M&A and Commercial

Yacine Diallo, Partner and Head of Luxembourg, comments: 

“We are thrilled to be included once more in The Legal 500’s rankings. The dedication and hard work of our team has truly paid off. This recognition fuels our commitment to continually pursue excellence in serving and supporting our clients. We would like to thank our clients and contacts who have taken the time to recommend us in this guide.” 

Feedback included: “Their modern and efficient approach to tax advisory is unmatched, transforming complexities into clear, actionable strategies.” “They consistently demonstrated a very high level of service quality and a remarkable ability to innovate and provide tailor-made solutions.”

In Switzerland, our Sports team made its debut in the directory and we received praise for maintaining our rankings in both Private Clients and Dispute Resolution

Michael Wells-Greco, Head of Swiss operations, comments: “These outstanding results are testament to our team’s technical strength and expertise across our offices in Switzerland. We are thrilled that our Sports practice was recognised this year and we are honoured that we continue to be top ranked in both the Private Client and the Dispute Resolution Chapters. We would like to extend our gratitude to our clients and contacts for their time and invaluable feedback.”

Feedback included: “They are able to craft practical solutions for the client’s needs.” “The team is highly responsive and has proven cross-border experience. The team works collaboratively across practice areas and jurisdictions.”

Middle East

In the Middle East, the Firm’s core practices in Bahrain (Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Construction and Commercial, Corporate & M&A) continue have been ranked in Tier 1 for the fifth consecutive year. 

In Dubai, the team maintained its UAE rankings across Real Estate, IP, TMT and Dispute Resolution. It has been ranked for the first time in Compliance and investigations, and received improved rankings for Commercial, Corporate and M&A, and Arbitration and International Litigation.

The Qatar team also maintained its ranking in Projects, Real Estate and Construction with market insight. 

Feedback included: “Highly regarded in Bahrain and the wider Middle East for its ability to handle complex and high-value, cross-border disputes, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP caters to a diverse range of governments, sovereign wealth funds, industry regulators, blue-chip companies and family-owned companies.”

Patrick Gearon, Partner and Head of the Middle East, comments: 

“I am delighted that our market-leading Middle East teams and individuals have received such excellent recognition and commentary in the Legal 500 2024 EMEA directory further emphasising our position in the region. Our tremendous rankings are a true reflection of the strong growth across all our offices in the Middle East and our continuous commitment to delivering top-tier legal services. We wish to thank our clients for their continued support and trust in us.”  

The Legal 500 EMEA is a leading guide to law firms across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The rankings are based on a series of criteria that highlight the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel and is based on interviews.

For more information on each practice area and individual rankings, please click here.

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