Firm Profile > Sternberg Reed > Romford, England

Sternberg Reed

General crime and fraud Tier 2

Sternberg Reed has strength in depth in the serious fraud space and has extensive expertise in criminal defence services. Operating from Romford, the group is overseen by Ben Thomas and handles a gamut of fraud mandates for a wide client base. Richard Cooper is described as 'first-rate' by peers and is the key contact in the crime group, skillfully handling serious and multi-defendant matters pertaining to drug-related violence and assault. David Barbone handles homicide investigations and Kenneth Carr has experience in international criminal defence work. The team has expanded its offering with the recruitment of Rhiannon Cole who is noted for her experience of serious drug and violence offences.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is both extremely experienced and committed. They go above and beyond for every single case.’

‘Richard Cooper is absolutely stellar. He combines great criminal acumen with a heartfelt personal touch. No task is too big or small. He is as diligent and thorough on all of his cases – which are usually serious, heavy frauds – and I do not know how he manages to get everything done whilst retaining a great sense of humour.’

‘Richard Cooper is one of the most complete solicitors practising in crime.’

‘Rhiannon Cole is a very good up-and-coming solicitor.’

Richard Cooper is one of the best criminal solicitors that currently practises. He is the complete article – intelligent, incisive, subtle and nuanced in his approach yet capable of robust advice when the circumstances demand. He has impeccable judgement and will always go the extra mile as standard for every client. A very impressive individual indeed, with the practice to show for it. He is the man that you would want in your corner if you were ever in need. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

‘Richard Cooper works tirelessly for his clients; he knows the case before anyone else and immediately identifies its strengths and weaknesses; he is always on hand to sort out problems and ensure that his clients get the best possible service.

Family: Essex Tier 3

The family team at Sternberg Reed is jointly led by child law specialists Soulla Kokkinos in Barking and Elizabeth Bendall in Grays. Taking on a mixture of privately and publicly funded work, it covers areas such as financial relief, abduction, international adoption and child care. The firm places significant emphasis on alternate dispute resolution, with Julian Beard standing as an accredited family mediator.

Other key lawyers:


Julian Beard: a super manager in a league of his own. He is devoted to his team and is an excellent supervisor. From Junior Solicitor to Consultant they will have excellent leadership and supervision. This means clients receive a great service in terms of both advice and also client care generally‘.

Julian Beard – a supreme litigator in Family Work. He is a fighter, and wins‘.

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