DWF lawyers recognised in The Lawyer Hot 100

DWF partners Lorraine Reader and Michael Kingston have been recognised in this year’s Lawyer Hot 100, an annual list of the lawyers, barristers and in-house counsel who are influencing change across the legal industry and whom “have truly made a difference in the wider business world.”

A partner in the firm’s 160-strong real estate practice, Lorraine Reader has been recognised for leading the national team that advised Colony Capital on the £311m acquisition of the Gemini property portfolio. The cross-border transaction involved the purchase of 24 assets, including Renfrew Retail Park in Glasgow, Martineau Place in Birmingham and The Grange in Cheltenham.

Acting on the full range of property services including development and funding, investment and strategic asset management and construction, infrastructure and projects, DWF’s real estate team advises high profile clients across the private and public sectors. Over the last year the team has further expanded its capability following the strategic appointment of partners and directors across all regions, including planning partners Glenn Sharpe and Moray Thomson and commercial real estate partner Abby Dry.

Toby Askin, DWF’s National Head of Real Estate, comments: “The last three years have seen us develop our real estate team across the UK and internationally, allowing us to strengthen the breadth and depth of services we deliver to clients.  This comes with the full support of a strong national practice enabling us to deliver on the largest of projects against impressive deadlines.  Here, Lorraine led the team to acquire a £311m portfolio in just 9 days. Lorraine has played a key part in developing our already well established investment and funds practice.”

Michael Kingston has been recognised for his role in shaping legislation and influencing maritime activity in the region. His work on the Polar Code in particular, including representing the International Union of Marine Insurance in connection with the finalisation of the code, has made him a leader in environmental governance and protection.

Ranked one of the top three firms in the UK for insurance work, and working closely with Lloyd’s of London and the wider insurance market on these issues, DWF is an established panel firm for a number of the UK’s leading insurers including Aviva and RSA and a number of Lloyd’s Syndicates. The firm has specialist insurance teams across motor, occupational health, personal injury, fraud, marine, energy, global casualty and property, professional indemnity, and healthcare as one of the largest commercial insurance teams in the UK, with significant international reach, covering a wide range of defendant work.

This is the third year that DWF individuals have been recognised in The Lawyer Hot 100. DWF Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Leaitherland was previously recognised for his exceptional operational and management capability; DWF’s COO of Finance, Natalie Griffin, was recognised for her role in driving the firm’s growth; and National Head of Retail, Food and Hospitality Hilary Ross was named a leading regulatory lawyer following her representation of Iceland Foods at the House of Commons Select Committee during the horsemeat scandal.

Lorraine Reader


A partner in the real estate team based in London, I specialise in acting for developers, funders and investors with a particular emphasis in acting for investment and funds clients on portfolio acquisitions.


Michael Kingston


I am a Partner specialising in dispute resolution at DWF. I have considerable experience in international dispute resolution representing clients in various court proceedings and arbitration bodies.