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

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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Julian RichardsReeds 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.