Reed Smith Bring in Stephen as European Litigation Partner; LEGAL & FINANCE

Article excerpt

Litigation specialist Stephen Barker has joined the Birmingham office of international law firm Reed Smith.

He is the latest in a series of high profile hirings to strengthen Reed Smith's core areas of expertise, and provide uniformity of service throughout 18 offices in the US, England, France and Germany.

Mr Barker arrives as partner in the European litigation group and will be based at Reed Smith's new Blythe Valley offices.

Recent senior recruits to the office include product liability specialist Paul Llewellyn, and employment law partner Ranjit Dhindsa.

Mr Barker was previously with the Birmingham office of Eversheds where he worked for 17 years - the last four of which were as head of the commercial litigation practice.

Mr Barker's practice focuses on commercial and contract dispute resolution and product liability. He has represented parties in a wide range of disputes, from design and manufacturing contract issues to sale and purchase agreement issues.

His particular expertise lies in advising clients in the automotive sector, including Formula 1 and WRC Motor-sport companies. …