Duncan Elson, Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Charles Russell Speechlys and Head of the firm’s Guildford office, has received a top industry accolade from one of the UK’s most prestigious legal ratings guides. He has been selected for Legal 500’s inaugural Hall of Fame – a listing of law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession and have been recognised by Legal 500 as an elite leading lawyer for six consecutive years, having received constant praise by clients for continued excellence.

Legal 500 also highlighted seven other partners and associates from the Guildford-based firm as leading individuals or next generation lawyers across numerous practice areas.

In addition, the Legal 500 directory, which is used by businesses and individuals as a highly respected independent resource when selecting an advisor, gave top rankings to a number of the firm’s key practice areas including charities and not-for-profit, contentious trusts and probate, family, personal tax, construction, commercial property and property litigation.

Charles Russell Speechlys’ employment team was described as ‘amazing’, with Nick Hurley, who heads up the employment, pensions and immigration teams described as a ‘a strategic superstar with other teams described as ‘market leaders’, ‘of the highest quality’ and noted for providing a ‘first class service’ by clients and commentators.

Chambers UK, an equally prestigious ratings guide, has also published its findings, with 17 partners from Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford identified as leading individuals and six lawyers highlighted as ‘associates to watch’. The firm maintained its top rankings for its family/matrimonial, corporate/M&A, restructuring/insolvency, construction and property, litigation practice areas, with market commentators reporting they ‘really are the people you want to have on your side’ and commending ‘their pragmatic and commercial approach’.

Duncan Elson, Partner and also Head of the Guildford office stated, “These guides are extremely significant in our industry and I am delighted that our expertise across the organisation continues to be recognised by external experts. I am particularly pleased to see the junior lawyers equally being recognised in the office’s continued growth as a leading legal firm in the region.”

Charles Russell Speechlys employs over 150 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