Firm Profile > Sternberg Reed > Romford, England

Sternberg Reed

Crime: fraud Tier 1

Sternberg Reed has significant experience in Serious Fraud Office investigations and prosecutions, and has a strong track record of work on high-profile, widely reported cases. Of particular note are the firm's international connections; it maintains close links with the European Criminal Bar Association, strengthening its presence in cross-border and complex fraud cases. The 'hugely experienced' Ben Thomas leads the group, while higher court advocate Richard Cooper is a 'very impressive solicitor'.

Practice head(s):

Ben Thomas

Other key lawyers:


My experience working with Richard Cooper has been simply first rate

Richard Cooper is the real deal; utterly committed to his clients, highly intelligent, incisive, and always goes the extra mile

‘Ben Thomas knows the law and is wise and sensible.’

The team at Sternberg Reed will go the extra mile for their clients, whoever they may be.

‘They are diligent despite the cuts in funding, client focused in an age in which many are mere paper shufflers and dedicated to getting results which they achieve with alarming regularity.’

‘Ken Carr should be a QC. He is incisive, quick and humane.’

Martine Taube has all the attributes of a top criminal lawyer – she is cerebral, practical, and persuasive.’

Richard Cooper is a very impressive solicitor indeed.

I have always found the work undertaken to be of the highest standard, preparation thorough and deadlines are never missed.

‘The firm is well resourced and Ben Thomas has a strong reputation

Family: Essex Tier 3

Sternberg Reed covers all aspects of family law with an emphasis on childcare matters, including adoption. Overseen by joint practice heads Elizabeth Bendall and Soulla Kokkinos, the group has vast experience in financial remedy cases, cohabitation proceedings and disputes over children . Gordon Reed handles complex public law child matters and is a consultant with the firm. Francesca Clay is noted for going the 'extra mile for her clients' and, as such, inspiring 'total confidence.'

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bendall; Soulla Kokkinos

Other key lawyers:


Gordon Reed and Elizabeth Bendall are both highly experienced, reliable and dedicated to good outcomes for clients, even in very complex, difficult & demanding cases.’

Excellent communicators who give high-quality advice to clients.

Crime: general Tier 4

Headed by Ben Thomas, the criminal defence team at Sternberg Reed is a prominent force in the East London and Essex legal market. In addition to the firm's substantial fraud practice, the team also acts on a wide range of criminal matters, including sexual, drug-related, and violent crime offences. Richard Cooper has a particular focus on complex, multi-defendant cases, while consultant solicitor David Barbone is notable for his work with clients accused of sexual offences.

Practice head(s):

Ben Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Sternberg Reed was founded in 1976 and was predominantly a conveyancing practice which expanded to take on a broad range of legal work including criminal law, family, personal injury, employment, housing, mental health, wills and probate, and general litigation.

The firm: In recent years the firm has acquired several high-profile criminal law practices, including David Charnley & Co, Kelly Solicitors and TNT solicitors. It is now one of the largest criminal defence practices and family practices in East London and retains the services of a number of distinguished crime advocates including Ken Carr and Martine Taube.

The firm continues to make a number of high-profile appointments and has recently restructured its senior management team to include a new head of operations, Frances Anderson, senior lawyer and associate partner with the firm working alongside its chief executive Kelly Rotheram, who was previously a member of the senior management team at Russell, Jones and Walker, now Slater & Gordon.

Types of work undertaken: The firm undertakes a full range of legal work, enabling it to cater for all clients’ needs. It has particular specialisms in domestic and international crime, serious injury litigation, family and care work.

Sternberg Reed mainly acts for individuals but also undertakes panel work for selected local authorities and government bodies.

The firm is particularly well known for its serious crime practice. Its crime team also has a particular specialism in cases with an international element.

The personal injury and clinical negligence teams are well known for their catastrophic injury, child abuse and surgical error work.

The family team are regarded as experts in complex financial matters and care work.

Other offices: Straftford, Romford, Barking & Grays

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Kelly Rotheram
Criminal Ben Thomas
Family Elizabeth Bendall
Family Soulla Kokkinos
Personal injury and clinical negligence Kathryn May
Conveyancing Raj Sharma
Housing and civil litigation Mohinder Gill
Employment Mohinder Gill
Wills, probate and trust Mohinder Gill
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 47