Firm Profile > Reeds Solicitors > Bristol, England

Reeds Solicitors
4 York Court
Upper York Street

Crime: general Tier 2

Reeds Solicitors specialises in criminal defence and prison law and handles criminal aspects of family law, mental health and immigration. The firm, which accepts instructions on both a privately and publically funded basis, also deals with charges concerning knife crime, drugs, robbery and murder. The firm is also experienced in dealing with traffic offences as well as with actions the police, military law, corporate crime and regulatory law.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Clifford; Nicola Hutchinson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Sharman


The quality of instruction and service that we receive from them as a firm far outweighs that which we receive from any other local criminal defence firm

Stephen Clifford runs the Bristol office in a very efficient way. He is supported by a quality team of solicitors and clerks who collectively provide a quality service

Team was always contactable, prompt and accurate in dealing with queries, transparent in all dealings.  It gave me huge confidence that my interests were foremost

They are incredibly professional, giving clear, concise and honest advice even on complex issues. The partners and associates always gave me huge confidence in their knowledge, professionalism and ability to get things done to the best of their capabilities

Crime: general Tier 1

Reeds Solicitors' large south east team operates across several offices, most notably Reading and Oxford, and acts on the full spectrum of criminal cases.  The 'well-organised and efficient' practice is home to a team including barristers and solicitor-advocates who deal with high-profile historic sexual offences, terrorism and serious violent crime cases, as well as drug and modern slavery-related cases. 'Extremely knowledgeable' practice co-head Stuart Matthews is noted for his work in serious and complex cases, along with fellow co-heads Neil Jarvis and Julian Richards.

Practice head(s):

Neil Jarvis; Julian Richards; Stuart Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Amy French; Alexa Clement


Reeds demonstrated a professional and personal practice in its undertaking of my case.

The firm proved itself well able to deal with the demands of a huge case, putting in the hours and working through a huge amount of material to make sure the client got the best service.

Reeds is an effective and efficient set of lawyers who appear to want to go the extra mile for the client and are not simply concerned with the next case.

Reeds has impressed me with its attention to detail, straight talking and experience.

Stuart Matthews has a particular ability to engage with his clients on a personal level, and as a result is extremely popular.’

Stuart Matthews stands out as a committed, dedicated and passionate defence solicitor.

Neil Jarvis is a seasoned professional who goes to great efforts to ensure that cases are handled expertly.’

Julian Richards shows both an impressive breadth of knowledge within his field and a very personal and engaged manner with those he is representing

At Reeds, there is a real passion for the work and clients recognise the dedication that is given to securing the best possible results.

Julian Richards is a first-class litigator and lawyer

Crime: general Tier 3

Strengthened in recent years by a number of lateral hires, Reeds Solicitors has a strong and growing reputation in Cardiff across the full spectrum of cases, including those of the utmost severity. Benefiting from its own integrated chambers, as well as being able to call upon the expertise of numerous lawyers with rights of audience, clients benefit from a holistic approach which enables their cases to be very effectively managed from the earliest opportunity.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wilkins and Chris Lacey


Chris Lacey has a no-nonsense approach and excellent client manner.

Cannot think of any better lower court general crime advocate in Cardiff than Chris Lacey

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Key areas of expertise for Reeds Solicitors' Reading and Oxford-based offices include divorce, financial claims, injunctions, care proceedings, arrangements for children and child abduction. Team head James Ferry and Rod Fowler are the key advisors.

Practice head(s):

James Ferry, Rod Fowler

Crime: general Tier 4

Reeds Solicitors is a firm with 'wide ranging expertise across the spectrum of criminal law'. The 'industrious' team has recently advised on cases of attempted murder, conspiracy to kidnap, drugs offences and complex fraud. Practice head Abigail Ashford is 'dedicated' and 'extremely hardworking'; Mark Abbott is noted for his 'superb legal and tactical knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Abigail Ashford

Other key lawyers:


Abigail Ashford is always on top of her cases; she is proactive, diligent and knowledgeable‘.

Mark Abbott provides a highly personalised service to his clients, and he has an absolutely tireless work ethic‘.

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 & 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial Crime Julian Richards 0203 781 8400
General Crime/Sexual Offences Stuart Matthews 01865 260230
General Crime/Motoring Jon Wilkins 029 21 679733
General Crime/Advocacy Alistair J G Grainger 01865 260 230
Photo Name Position Profile
 Stephen Clifford  photo Stephen Clifford
Jan Matthews : Managing Partner
Judy Matthews : Practice Manager
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