Charles Russell Speechlys achieves record success in The Legal 500 2023 EMEA directory

Charles Russell Speechlys continues to improve its quality rankings across Europe, Middle East and Africa in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA guide.

The guide ranks Charles Russell Speechlys as a top-tier Firm in three practice areas and as recommended in 11 other practice areas. Five lawyers are listed in the elite “Leading lawyers” group, two lawyers are listed in the “Next generation lawyers” group and three lawyers are listed in the “Rising stars” group. A total of 30 lawyers are mentioned by name in Legal 500 EMEA commentary for their standout contribution to their respective practices.

Middle East

The Middle East offices’ excellent market reputation and strong regional growth has been widely reflected in the latest The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 directory.

The Firm’s core practices in Bahrain (Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction and Commercial, Corporate & M&A) continue to be recognised as market-leading and all have been ranked in Tier 1 for the fourth year running. Charles Russell Speechlys is the only law firm in Bahrain to have this status.

In Dubai, the team maintained its UAE rankings across Real Estate, IP, TMT and Dispute Resolution. For the first time the Firm has been marked as a ‘Firm to Watch’ for Commercial, Corporate and M&A (UAE).

The Qatar team also maintained its ranking in Projects, Real Estate and Construction with market insight emphasising that the Firm has been ‘at the forefront of some of the landmark projects to occur in Qatar’.

Patrick Gearon, Partner and Head of 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 2023 EMEA directory. We remain committed to our growth in the region and to delivering first class advice and client service to our clients. We wish to thank our clients for their continued support and trust in us”.


The Firm’s Europe offering is also highly commended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 guide.

In Luxembourg, the Banking and Finance team were listed in the directory for the first time and the team maintained its Tax and Commercial, Corporate & M&A rankings.

Yacine Diallo, Partner and Head of Luxembourg comments: “We are thrilled to be once again part of Legal 500's rankings. Our team’s hard work and dedication has paid off. This achievement inspires us to continue striving for excellence in the assistance and support provided to our clients

In Switzerland, the team maintained its rankings across Private client and Dispute Resolution. Feedback included: “It is not so common to find this quality of service and efficiency in the Swiss legal market.”

Michael Wells-Greco, Head of Swiss Operations comments: “We are delighted to see these excellent results again this year, following what has been a fantastic year for our standout team in Geneva and Zürich. Thank you to all our clients and contacts, the feedback provided on how we work together is invaluable.”

The Employment team in Paris maintained its ranking for the third year.

Kim Campion, Head of Employment in the Paris office comments: “We are very pleased to be listed for the third year in a row in Legal 500, this is a great achievement, we are delighted to be listed alongside key players in the industry.”

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.

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

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