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Outstanding Results for Charles Russell Speechlys in Legal 500 2022

21st October 2021

Charles Russell Speechlys has achieved significant endorsements in Legal 500 2022, a comprehensive guide to the best law firms in the UK.

The international firm was recognised in over 60 categories nationally, with Charles Russell Speechlys’ Guildford-based office being ranked as a Tier 1 firm in 10 categories for law firms in the South East. These categories include commercial litigation; insolvency and corporate recovery; contentious trusts and probate; personal tax, trusts and probate; employment; construction; property litigation and family law.

The Corporate team in Guildford, which comprises of 10 lawyers, moved up to a Tier 1 ranking. The Guildford-based Real Estate team returned to a Tier 1 ranking after a number of years as Tier 2, and the Agriculture and Estates team entered the rankings for the first time.

Amongst the many endorsements for Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford published by Legal 500, the Commercial Property team was described as “efficient and approachable with a proactive and personal response to problem solving.” The Contentious Trusts and Probate team was described as providing first class excellent legal advice as one would expect in a City law firm, but outside of London at a competitive price.”

Leading Lawyers

In total, 9 Guildford-based partners were identified as leading industry individuals and over 30 lawyers were singled out as next generation partners, rising stars or key lawyers. Leading industry individuals were Stephen Burns (commercial litigation), David Savage (construction), Nick Hurley (employment), Shona Alexander and Karen Wilsher (family), James Hyne (insolvency and corporate recovery), Sally Ashford (personal tax, trusts & probate), David Haines and Peter Levaggi (property litigation).

For the fourth consecutive year, Duncan Elson, Head of the Guildford office and specialist in contentious trusts and probate was singled out for the Hall of Fame – the ultimate Legal 500 accolade which highlights partners at the pinnacle of their profession who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

Duncan Elson commented, “Legal 500 is a highly respected resource for individuals and businesses when choosing their advisors and the Guildford team has excelled in 2021, with the best results we have had to date. Our inclusion in Legal 500 2022 across so many categories is a strong endorsement of the breadth of our legal expertise. It reinforces our position as a leading law firm in the region, with high calibre lawyers across all levels.”

Charles Russell Speechlys employs over 180 staff in its Guildford office at One London Square and provides a full range of services to businesses and private clients in the region, backed by the resources of an international law firm. For further information, please visit