Stuart Matthews > Reeds Solicitors > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Reeds Solicitors
3 Kings Meadow
Ferry Hinksey Road
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Work Department

Private Crime Team


Partner, Solicitor-Advocate


Stuart is a Partner and one of the founding members of the firm. A highly accomplished Solicitor-Advocate based in our Oxford office, Stuart has amassed a wealth of experience during the course of his practice, and now primarily accepts instructions from our private clients.

He regularly represents clients in the Police Station, Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal.

Clients consistently return to Stuart because of his complete commitment to dealing with each and every case with exceptional care and skill, always ensuring clients are kept fully informed of their options, and the procedures involved throughout.

Stuart has been instructed in a number of high profile cases. He is consistently retained by those accused of being part of “Asian sex gangs” and by members of the travelling community facing charges of slavery, servitude and forced labour. 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.

He also represents those accused of road traffic offences and has an unparalleled record in arguing exceptional hardship, ensuring that those at risk of losing their licence under the totting up regulations are able to continue driving despite acquiring 12 or more penalty points.



Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

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.

South East > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

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Stuart MatthewsReeds Solicitors

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.