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Queen’s Counsel specialising in commercial and financial disputes, with a strong focus on real property and its development, management and finance, as well as fraud, banking, shareholder disputes and professional liability.  His practice in England is primarily in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.  He has acted in many of the leading cases in the Courts of the Dubai International Finance Centre and has a strong interest in litigation and arbitration in the Middle East or in England involving parties from the region.  He is familiar with the laws of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab civil law jurisdictions. 


Called 1996: Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2014; Called (ad hoc) to the Bar of the Cayman Islands 1999; Attorney General’s C Panel of Treasury Counsel 2002-2005; registered as an advocate of the DIFC Courts 2009; editor of the leading guide to the Rules of the DIFC Court, published in its most recent edition in 2016.


French (fluent); Arabic (working knowledge)


COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association


Lincoln College, Oxford (BA Hons History and French, 1st Class with Distinction); Downing College, Cambridge (MA Hons Law, Double 1st Class); Harvard Law School (LLM, Kennedy Scholar).

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Rupert Reed QCSerle Court

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Rupert Reed KCSerle Court ‘A measured, fiercely intelligent and thorough silk; Rupert is commercially astute and analyses the details to leave no angle unexplored. He has a very user-friendly manner and builds a great rapport with solicitors and clients alike.

Serle Court offers a number of approachable specialists, providing detailed expertise to the often convoluted issues centering around covenants, land registration, trusts and easements. Rupert Reed KC is representing a offshore property developer in Aurium Estate London Ultra Prime Ltd v Mishcon de Reya LLP; with the developer bringing the negligence claim against the real property team of the legal firm for its failure to advise on the litigation risk inherent in a plan to demolish a building and build around a hold-out tenant, the case is worth close to £50 million and one of the most anticipated of 2022. Christopher Stoner KC  epresented the defendant in Horsford v Horsford, a High Court case involving a complex proprietary estoppel counterclaim relating to a family dispute over shares in a farm; Christopher also has niche expertise in water related property matters and the law of canals. Andrew Francis , along with party walls and restrictive covenants, has particular experience in right to light matters, advising on issues which affect sites both domestically and abroad.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Rupert Reed KCSerle Court ‘Rupert is an extremely hard-working, conscientious and effective lawyer, as well as a highly impressive advocate. Rupert combines a deep working knowledge of complex legal and technical law (in what is sometimes a very dense area) with an amiable user-friendly approach which makes him a pleasure to work with and very persuasive on his feet.’

Serle Court stands out for offshore banking and finance, and is making a strong name for Middle Eastern matters, with ‘considerable depth in quality and one of the few offering genuine specialism in DIFC Court work‘. Rupert Reed KC  is particularly active on this front and represented First Abu Dhabi Bank in First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC and FAB Securities LLC v Larmag Holdings, which involved resisting a freezing injunction with major jurisdictional implications for the DIFC. Philip Marshall KC has also been leading Simon Hattan  for one of the defendants in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, involving allegations of bribery and fraud in respect of banking and investments by Kuwait’s state pension fund. David Blayney KC continues to be a major figure in the banking space.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Rupert Reed KCSerle Court ‘Enormously impressive grasp of Middle Eastern politics and business, his ability to manage complex issues and produce detailed submissions has been remarkable. As an Arabic speaker, he is somewhat unique.’