Julian Richards > Reeds Solicitors > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Reeds Solicitors
3rd Floor
20 Farringdon Street
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Work Department

Financial Crime


Partner, Solicitor-Advocate


Julian is a Solicitor and Partner of the firm, based at our Oxford office.

He is recognised nationally as a specialist in serious and complex crime. His reputation is such that he is regularly instructed in cases of this nature throughout the country.

He has a wealth of experience in dealing with murder, large scale drugs conspiracies and serious sexual offending.

Much of Julian’s recent practice however revolves around white collar crime and the defence of directors and business professionals facing prosecution by HMRC, the SFO and the FCA, where his ability to identify the relevant issues in these technical and complicated cases, is invaluable. He regularly defends clients who have been prosecuted for multi-million pound frauds and is currently retained to provide advice in an ongoing investigation into bribery act offences, a multi-jurisdictional “Ponzi scheme” fraud to the value of £80 million and a tax planning fraud to the value of £132 million.

Julian is commercially astute having previously worked for a leading multi-national corporate law firm based in the City of London. His focused and shrewd tactical approach means that he is frequently engaged by corporate clients to provide them with advice in respect of a wide range of issues; from allegations of large scale trademark infringement investigated by PIPCU and offences under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, to offences investigated by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.



Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Julian RichardsReeds 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.