SMB success in the Legal 500 directory 2023

11th October 2022

The Legal 500 guide for 2023 has now been published, with SMB remaining highly ranked in many practice areas. This independent guide is compiled through a combination of submissions from the firm, peer feedback and client testimonials.

Eleven of our practice areas have been ranked by the Legal 500, with 3 ranked in the Top Tier. In proportion to the number of lawyers in our firm, this is an astonishing feat. We are ranked in Tier 1 for General Crime, Media and Entertainment, and Reputation Management. Our Dispute Resolution ranking has also gone up one tier this year.

Managing Partner, Razi Mireskandari, said of our rankings this year:

“It is good to see our team recognised by the directories for their tireless and exceptional work. This is further cemented by SMB celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. It has given us the opportunity to reflect on the growth of the firm and our team, and honour all those who have contributed to our success. We thank the amazing clients, peers, and colleagues at the Bar for their support to date and their wonderful feedback.”

A huge congratulations goes to Louis Charalambous who is newly listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame this year, joining Anthony Burton CBE. Additional praise goes to one of our ‘ones to watch’, Emma Linch, who has been newly ranked as a ‘Rising Star’.

Maintaining their rank as a ‘Leading Individual’, we congratulate Phil Smith, Natalie Wright, Martin Soames, Razwana Akram, Razi Mireskandari, Marc Sobol, and Tom Farley-Hills. Equal congratulations are due to Jeffrey Smele, ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’, and Blaise Gaymer and Henrietta Ronson who both are ranked as a ‘Rising Star’.

Along with our rankings, we have received some excellent comments from our peers and clients.

“They stand out by their profound knowledge and ability to handle international projects, involving two or more jurisdictions at the same time. All lawyers from Simons Muirhead Burton LLP are excellent communicators and professionals”

“Simons Muirhead Burton was originally a human rights firm, and freedom of speech and access to justice have always been part of their DNA. This differentiates them – they go that extra mile…”

“Best in class – huge expertise, deep understanding of their client’s business, innovative, ambitious for their clients.”

“Very knowledgeable and experienced team. Work tirelessly to deliver the result. Great breadth of experience in-house. Able to tackle challenging issues and people professionally and clearly.”

“Simons Muirhead Burton is the most diligent, passionate and expert firm I have ever encountered.”