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Reeds Solicitors
3rd Floor
20 Farringdon Street
LONDON
EC4A 4EN
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Matthews; Julian Richards; Neil Williams

Testimonials

‘Mark Abbott – no solicitor in criminal work prepares their cases better for client or counsel. Shows full commitment to the cause in every case, giving sound, reliable and properly objective advice that clients need, even if it doesn’t make easy hearing.’

‘Reeds provide fantastic client service, ensuring that the client is taken care of. They pull out all the stops.’

‘Mark Abbott – a very experienced solicitor. Extremely through in the preparation of cases and his attention to detail is exceptional. His insight into several fields of expertise enables him to anticipate requirements and marshal the evidence extremely effectively. Has a natural charm which not only inspires immediate confidence in his clients but also enables him to secure the co-operation of all the agencies he deals with.’

‘Stuart Matthews is the lawyer’s go-to lawyer. he is calm, understated, professional and achieves fantastic results for his clients whilst giving them comfort and reassurance along the way.’

Work highlights

    Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

    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.

    Private client > Court of protection

    Reeds Solicitors has an ‘array of talent‘ at its disposal. It has an ‘excellent team ethos‘ and is led by Sarah Griffiths-Jones. The team accepts instructions on both a private and publicly funded basis

    Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1

    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‘.

    Practice head(s):

    Stuart Matthews; Julian Richards

    Other key lawyers:

    Neil Jarvis; Tom Brymer

    Testimonials

    ‘Stuart Matthews displays outstanding empathy.’

    ‘A seriously professional and well respected outfit which has maintained a bespoke service at all levels and provides exceptional quality notwithstanding its recent expansion. Proper players in crime across the country.’

    ‘Julian Richards is a standout tactician in serious crime, rightly enjoys an excellent reputation and is sought out for the most serious and complex cases. Stuart Matthews manages to deliver realistic advice based on good judgment in private crime and protest work.’

    ‘Reeds is a growing firm. Their in-house team of barristers works to an unusually high level for a solicitor firm. They have extremely able and hard-working teams on all their cases and I have been consistently impressed with their level of client care and support.’

    ‘Julian Richards stands out. He is able and tactically astute.’

    Work highlights

    • Represented a client who was facing court martial proceedings for sexual assault.
    • Represented a client on charges of supply of cocaine.
    • Representing a client in an appeal on a conviction of murder.

    Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1

    Reeds Solicitors acts in the defence of clients facing a range of serious criminal allegations, ranging from murder, to sexual abuse, to drug trafficking. The team is jointly led by the Stephen Clifford, who heads up the crown court side of the practice, and the 'absolutely superb' Nicola Hutchinson, who focuses on magistrates’ court cases. The practice has a strong track record in handling complex matters, such as cases involving defendants with mental health issues; Hutchinson is also particularly noted for her work in gang-related cases. Andy Lee is a 'first class litigator' with a varied workload, including fraud and organised crime, and has carved out a niche in representing defendants from the Chinese community.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephen Clifford; Nicola Hutchinson

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Nicola Hutchinson is absolutely superb, she is very easy to communicate with and always picks the correct tone depending on who she is dealing with. Andy Lee has an excellent client base and always shows grand judgement.’

    ‘An experienced and well-organised team of practitioners providing a very professional service across the whole range of criminal law and procedure.’

    ‘In an incredibly difficult market place for Crime over the past 10 years Reeds have managed not only to survive (which is an achievement in itself) but also to prosper and expand (which is little short of miraculous). They have achieved this whilst maintaining incredibly high standards of service. In a world where others cut corners they refuse to do so.  The same work ethic exists across the firm.’

    ‘Reeds has strength and experience across the board. They are well set up for the difficult task of criminal litigation in a digital age and always adopt the most thorough of approaches. ‘

    ‘I work almost exclusively with Andy Lee.  He is a solicitor who attracts substantial clients nationally.  We have worked on large complex frauds together as well as drugs conspiracies.  Andy is thorough, intuitive whilst remaining realistic and practical.  He is a first class litigator and confident in his negotiating skills.’

    Stephen Clifford is responsible for setting the tone right from the top. He has incredibly high standards and insists on the same throughout the firm. He is utterly driven to make sure the firm delivers for its clients. He leads by example and has a ferocious work ethic.’

    ‘The people are very supportive at all levels from partners to secretary. They are very thorough in their approach and showed empathy to my situation.’

    ‘I was very grateful to Nicola Hutchinson, one of the partners. She listened to me and made me confident in Reeds’ ability to help me.’

    Work highlights

      Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud Tier 3

      Reeds Solicitors specialises in criminal defence, prison work, family law, and mental health issues, accepting instructions on both a private and publicly funded basis. The team is recognised for its expertise in appellant work, representing clients across the country in Court of Appeal matters. Practice head Jeremy Moore has considerable experience advising on criminal defence and appeals.

      Practice head(s):

      Jeremy Moore; Beth Mantel

      Testimonials

      ‘Jeremy Moore is superb when it comes to criminal appeals.’

      ‘Jeremy Moore has been most understanding, clear in communication, delivered prompt service when needed and has given me great confidence.’

      Work highlights

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

        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‘.

        Practice head(s):

        Stuart Matthews; Julian Richards

        Other key lawyers:

        Neil Jarvis; Tom Brymer

        Testimonials

        ‘Stuart Matthews displays outstanding empathy.’

        ‘A seriously professional and well respected outfit which has maintained a bespoke service at all levels and provides exceptional quality notwithstanding its recent expansion. Proper players in crime across the country.’

        ‘Julian Richards is a standout tactician in serious crime, rightly enjoys an excellent reputation and is sought out for the most serious and complex cases. Stuart Matthews manages to deliver realistic advice based on good judgment in private crime and protest work.’

        ‘Reeds is a growing firm. Their in-house team of barristers works to an unusually high level for a solicitor firm. They have extremely able and hard-working teams on all their cases and I have been consistently impressed with their level of client care and support.’

        ‘Julian Richards stands out. He is able and tactically astute.’

        Work highlights

        • Represented a client who was facing court martial proceedings for sexual assault.
        • Represented a client on charges of supply of cocaine.
        • Representing a client in an appeal on a conviction of murder.

        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.

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        Financial Crime Julian Richardsjulian@reeds.co.uk0203 781 8400
        General Crime/Sexual Offences Stuart Matthewsstuart@reeds.co.uk01865 260230
        General Crime/Motoring Jon Wilkinsj.wilkins@reeds.co.uk029 21 679733
        General Crime/Advocacy Alistair J G Graingerinfo@reeds.co.uk01865 260 230
        PhotoNamePositionProfile
        Mark Abbott photo Mark AbbottSolicitor
        Abigail Ashford photo Abigail AshfordSolicitor Advocate, Team Leader
        Julian Richards photo Julian RichardsPartner, Solicitor-Advocate
        Jan Matthews : Managing Partner
        Judy Matthews : Practice Manager
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        Law Society Children Panel
        Law Society of England and Wales
        English Bar Council (individual membership)

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        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.


        CLIENT: anon

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        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.


        CLIENT: anon

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        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.


        CLIENT: anon

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        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.


        CLIENT: anon

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        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.


        CLIENT: anon

        COMPANY/FIRM:

        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.


        CLIENT: anon

        COMPANY/FIRM:

        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.


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        TESTIMONIAL: I have been to court every day so far and can’t help but see the outstanding job the Reeds team is doing.


        CLIENT: anon

        COMPANY/FIRM:

        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.


        CLIENT: anon

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        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!


        CLIENT: anon

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        TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for assisting me in my crown court case. I would definitely highly recommend Reeds Solicitors.