Firm Profile > Reeds Solicitors > Bristol, England
Reeds Solicitors Offices
4 York Court
Upper York Street
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Based in Bristol, the team at Reeds Solicitors has developed a reputation among its clients for 'outstanding professionalism, expertise in the field, resilience, tact and focus'. Its lawyers are dedicated to criminal and prison law, with substantial experience in criminal defence. The group often works alongside colleagues across the country, with an increasing focus on complex and private crime matters. Jointly heading the group are solicitor-advocates Stephen Clifford, who leads on Crown Court work, and Nicola Hutchinson, who was promoted to partner in 2020, having established herself as an expert in private client and magistrates' court issues. The 'exceptional' Andy Lee, also a solicitor-advocate and accredited duty solicitor, is building a reputation for defending clients against serious criminal allegations.
Stephen Clifford; Nicola Hutchinson
Other key lawyers:
‘The service that Reeds provide to their clients is head and shoulders above that being provided by most criminal solicitors at this time. They have a dedicated team of experienced caseworkers dealing with their Crown Court work which enables them to deal efficiently with case preparation and case management.’
‘They respond speedily to requests for work to be done and, as a result, assist in the smooth running of Crown Court cases. This is of huge benefit to their clients but also to the court and other agencies working within the criminal justice system. ’
‘Stephen Clifford is a well-respected lawyer. He is a businessman who well understands that providing a quality client service is what underpins a successful Crown Court team. Reeds Solicitors do not look to cut corners.’
‘Stephen Clifford always goes the extra mile for his clients and ensures the entire firm is imbued with that same ethos. He cares passionately about his case load. He manages to provide good old-fashioned service levels but within an entirely modern and forward-thinking set up.‘
‘I was surprised and impressed at how quickly the team were able to analyse a complex issue, synthesise a solution and resolve it, avoiding a court case.’
‘Nicola Hutchinson took care of me. She kept me in the loop and talked me through the case so I was in no doubt about how to approach the time in court in the best possible way.’
‘Andy Lee is exceptional. He is dedicated, hardworking, enthusiastic and good at what he does. He has a fantastic range of national contacts generating good-quality work. First class ’
‘What sets the team apart is its outstanding professionalism, expertise in the field, resilience, tact and focus.’
Reeds Solicitors has a large criminal law offering spanning across several locations. The criminal department based in Oxford is split into two teams; the private crime team is led by Stuart Matthews, who is recognised for his expertise in serious crime matters, alongside general crime and regulatory cases. Julian Richards heads up the complex crime team and is regularly instructed on serious crime matters, including murder, large-scale drug conspiracies, money laundering and sexual offences. The team in Basingstoke is led by partners Neil Jarvis and Tom Brymer.
Stuart Matthews; Julian Richards; Tom Brymer; Neil Jarvis
‘Reeds is a professionally run, large organisation but continues to provide a personalised service.’
‘Tom Brymer was exceptional in a very complex case. He gave us his full trust and confidence at a difficult a time.’
‘Stuart Matthews is at the heart of everything Reeds stands for. From day one, his absolute commitment to his clients and their cases has set him apart from all others and made him the number one choice for clients from all walks of life. His ability to relate with real compassion and empathy translates into a trust that is rarely found in a professional relationship but which translates into such a seamless working relationship that every detail is covered, no stone left unturned. He achieves oustanding results because he pursues everything. Clients and counsel instructed by him are left with absolute confidence as to the preparation, energy and humanity that will be put into his cases. He is truly exceptional.’
‘Reeds have a commitment to client care that ensures every case is prepared and presented to a very high standard. Despite being a large firm they are able to maintain an court specific presence that enables them to adapt and react to different approaches adopted in different areas.’
‘Very responsive, friendly and impressive team.’
‘Julian Richards is a litigator beyond compare. His ability to get to the heart of even the most complex and voluminous material is truly exceptional. Never have I received such incisive and detailed instructions, and identification of the issues. Though specialising in complex crime, he has a humanity that he brings to all his cases and through hard work and sharp intellect, always manages to achieve the best results possible.’
‘Stuart Matthews and Julian Richards were both extremely helpful, personable and competent. I felt in very safe hands at all times. They clearly explained the risks whilst reassuring me that they were confident they would be able to help (which they were).’
‘The team service the best quality work, and do to the highest of standards, from traditional crime to white collar crime.’
The 'extremely reliable team' at Reeds Solicitors has three leads: joint heads of crime Stuart Matthews and Julian Richards are based in Oxford, while Abigail Ashford leads the London team. The firm, which specialises in criminal defence, prison law, family law, and mental health matters, benefits from a large network of offices across the UK, including a recently opened base in Manchester. Ashford - 'an excellent solicitor with an unrivalled work ethic allied to an excellent analytical mind' - represents clients accused of the full spectrum of criminal offences in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court. Other key names in London include solicitor and Crown Court litigator Mark Abbott.
Stuart Matthews; Julian Richards; Abigail Ashford
Other key lawyers:
‘The crime team at Reeds go above and beyond – their client care is exceptional and they are truly collaborative‘.
‘A professional and efficient team providing excellent, realistic and timely advice. Excellent client handling skills. An extremely reliable team‘.
‘Reeds has a large, national team that is more than able to service all levels of work to a high standard, wherever it might arise in the country‘.
‘Abigail Ashford is the solicitor I would want if I were accused of a crime. She is bright, diligent and extremely capable. It is a pleasure to work alongside her because she knows what needs to be done in a case and she does it expeditiously and to a high standard. Her unwavering client care often leaves me wondering how she manages to also analyse her cases in the detail that she does. Her time management and the dedication she shows to her work must surely make her a future if not current star of the legal profession‘.
‘Mark Abbott is a superb solicitor. His work ethic is second to none and he is extremely approachable.’
‘Abigail Ashford in particular is exceptional. Her manner is professional yet warm. She is able to deal with clients from all walks of life. She works tirelessly for her clients and achieves great results for them against the odds‘.
‘Mark Abbott is a first-class solicitor – he approaches each case with care and dedication.’
‘Abigail Ashford is an excellent solicitor with an unrivalled work ethic allied to an excellent analytical mind. Her client manner is fantastic and engenders confidence and trust from the most weary and wary of clients, won over by a calm, methodical and painstaking approach to doing everything that can be done to assist them in their case.‘
Reeds Solicitors specialises in criminal defence issues, prison work and mental health-related matters, with the firm's Manchester office specialising in complex crime work. Jeremy Moore leads the practice and is highly recommended for appeals, with a strong track record in representing clients in cases before the appellate courts and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
‘Jeremy Moore is highly personable and knowledgeable and is able to grasp highly complex situations quickly and offer advice in a straightforward and easily understandable way.’
‘Jeremy Moore – excellent client care skills and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to criminal appeals.’
In early 2021, Reeds Solicitors significantly bolstered its white-collar crime offering with the appointment of Sundeep Soor, a former fraud and tax practice head at Cartwright King. Soor has significant experience in matters relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Reeds Solicitors > Firm Profile
Reeds Solicitors provide an “outstanding” bespoke service to their clients at every step of the process. Working with some of the most experienced solicitors and barristers in the profession the firm ‘applies pre-charge strategic thinking to resolve each case at the earliest opportunity’.
The firm has an excellent reputation in defending high-profile allegations of serious sexual offences, murder, and financial crime; as well as motoring and regulatory offences.
Leading individual Stuart Matthews has a wealth of experience defending the most serious cases in the Crown Court across the country. He regularly deals with cases of the utmost gravity, including murder, rape, drug conspiracies and firearms offences. As such he is often the solicitor of choice for those involved in serious criminal matters.
Leading individual Julian Richards is recognised nationally as a specialist in serious and complex crime. The bulk of Julian’s practice involves white-collar crime and the defence of directors and business professionals facing prosecution by HMRC, the SFO and the FCA.
Jon Wilkins, based in the Cardiff and London offices, is a solicitor advocate with a national presence, defending clients across England and Wales. Representing company directors and high-net-worth individuals is Jon’s speciality – he offers a bespoke service to individuals, company directors and businesses.
Alistair Grainger is “a talented advocate who cross-examines with tact and skill”, demonstrated by his award as ‘Employed Barrister of the Year, 2018’ from the Bar Council. As the leader of our in-house chambers in Oxford Alistair provides advice of the highest level to clients across the country, and can be instructed directly.
|Financial Crime||Julian Richardsemail@example.com||0203 781 8400|
|General Crime/Sexual Offences||Stuart Matthewsfirstname.lastname@example.org||01865 260230|
|General Crime/Motoring||Jon Wilkinsemail@example.com||029 21 679733|
|General Crime/Advocacy||Alistair J G Graingerfirstname.lastname@example.org||01865 260 230|
Staff FiguresJan Matthews : Managing Partner Judy Matthews : Practice Manager
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) Spanish Italian Czech Romanian Arabic
MembershipsLaw Society Law Society Children Panel Law Society of England and Wales English Bar Council (individual membership)
Diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our clients, where representation truly does matter.
At Reeds there are two fundamental pillars to our vision: client care and employee care.
We strive to provide the best possible service for our clients, whatever the circumstances. And we want to provide the best possible working environment for our employees. It is important to us to provide this culture and level of service regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes someone unique.
We are committed to ensure that, at all points of contact, our clients and employees feel valued, appreciated, and free to be who they are. To us, diversity and inclusion is more than a check-box activity. It’s fundamental to our roles as legal representation. Reeds believe that to provide adequate care to clients of all backgrounds, our staff should reflect the diversity of our clients.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion….
- Attracting and Onboarding – Our mission is to create a local workforce to reflect local clients. This starts with the way we advertise and fill our vacancies. To make our teams more inclusive, we have created benefits to attract different diverse groups. This includes our flexible working scheme, helping open doors to working parents, people with disabilities, or those with specific religious needs.
- Engaging and Developing – By supporting our employees, building skills and training we aim to create an inclusive community. Our annual Equality and Diversity training programme is constantly being updated. This includes training on unconscious bias.
Everyone’s needs are as unique as they are. Ongoing support provides opportunities for improvement, and ensuring our staff have their needs met where possible. In addition to our support, anonymous staff surveys are conducted to provide honest feedback. Feedback which inform future policies, staff benefits, or even training.
- Building the Culture –The values of diversity and inclusion need to be embedded into the fabric of Reeds Solicitors. We recognise that our culture starts from management and the partners. We have on-going training for those in management positions to develop their skills and highlight any improvements. Our partners recognise the unique characteristics, skills and experiences of our staff. We want to ensure that each one of them feel valued and celebrated. Our goal is to create a culture where diversity and inclusion is the natural by-product.
We want to ensure that the legal profession reflects the society it serves. The legal profession has a long way to go before it eradicates inequality. Yet strides are being made to improve diversity, promote inclusion and tackle discrimination.
As part of our commitment to transparency and visibility, our Diversity and Inclusion survey data is published annually on our website.
TESTIMONIAL: I was treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole time almost three years. I was listened to, and I was treated like a human being. Because of my experience, I was able to cope with the daunting
process of a Court Trial. Reeds Solicitors are one of the best if not the best legal representatives in the region if not
in the Country. And because of Reeds’ help, advice and support I am here continuing to practice as a
healthcare professional. Thank you so very much one and all.
TESTIMONIAL: I consider myself extremely lucky to have had Reeds Solicitors in my corner throughout what was the toughest ordeal of my life; I’ll never be able to repay you for your help. Thank you so much.
TESTIMONIAL: Dear Reeds, I wanted to say on behalf of my family how thankful we are to you for your efforts, professionalism and how supported we felt. You were clear with your advice and honest with the situation and as difficult as it has been, we will be eternally grateful.
TESTIMONIAL: Reeds Solicitors are so great at their service that I won my case with no worries; Reeds are the best, and I would always recommend them! I am very satisfied and appreciative of the service I received. Reeds really helped me during my case, they always worked round the clock to ensure that I got the most positive results. I can’t thank them enough.
TESTIMONIAL: Reeds Solicitors did a fantastic job and always advised me the best way possible – I couldn’t have asked for a better team if I tried. Thank you again so much for everything Reeds, it’s been a pleasure working with you and I know myself, my assisting officer and my welfare officer will all recommend you to anyone else needing assistance within the Royal Air Force.
TESTIMONIAL: Once again thank you, Reeds, for all that you have done for me and my family over the last 15 months, I will never forget it.
TESTIMONIAL: I am incredibly relieved and happy following yesterday’s outcome! Thank you so much for everything you and all the Reeds colleagues have done! I am so grateful.
TESTIMONIAL: I have been to court every day so far and can’t help but see the outstanding job the Reeds team is doing.
TESTIMONIAL: It is clear that the staff at Reeds genuinely care about their clients and that this is not just ‘a job’. Thank you again and I hope, should I need it, that I encounter your support again in the future.
TESTIMONIAL: The service, care and outcome I received from Reeds was everything I could have hoped for. I would not hesitate to recommend Reeds Solicitors – they were simply amazing!
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for assisting me in my crown court case. I would definitely highly recommend Reeds Solicitors.