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

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

(Leading individuals)

Stuart MatthewsReeds Solicitors

Reeds Solicitors‘ criminal defence work includes both private and publicly funded mandates. The group distinguishes itself by its in-house team of barristers and successful work in a variety of courts, from the magistrates courts and crown courts to tribunals and court martials. The Oxford-based criminal department divides itself into two teams; the private crime team is headed up by Stuart Matthews, who is a founding partner of the firm and ‘manages to deliver realistic advice based on good judgment in private crime and protest work‘, while the complex crime team falls under the leadership of Julian Richards, who is a ‘standout tactician in serious crime‘.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

Reeds Solicitors focuses on criminal defence, prison law, and mental health, and has a strong reputation for their ‘fantastic client service‘. The firm’s overall crime offering is led by Oxford-based Stuart Matthews and Julian Richards, while solicitor advocate Neil Williams, who joined from Rahman Ravelli in July 2021, leads the team in London. Mark Abbott, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, has experience across murder, firearms, drugs and money laundering offences, and is praised for his ‘full commitment to the cause in every case.