Reeds Solicitors recognised by Legal 500

The long awaited and much anticipated Legal 500 rankings for 2017 have been announced, and Reeds were delighted to have been ranked for its services within crime in the South East and South West regions, as well as the notoriously competitive London region.

Several of our lawyers received individual recognition within the editorial.

Of the South East region, which includes Oxford, Reading and Milton Keynes, the Legal 500 said “Reeds Solicitors handles a range of criminal matters including murder cases, representing clients accused of rape and drug trafficking matters. In 2016 it represented a client charged with murder and possession of an imitation firearm in a joint enterprise murder trial. The team also acted for a client charged with possession of a knife, where the client was initially convicted before an appeal secured their acquittal, and represented a client accused of assault and forced labour of a mentally incapacitated victim. Abigail AshfordMark Abbott and Neil Jarvis all joined from Blaser Mills, bringing expertise in blackmail cases and armed robbery matters among others. They join the ‘extremely helpful’ Tom Brymer, Clare Galo (who ‘achieves remarkable results’) and ‘thoroughly professional’ director Julian Richards.”

In the South West, the commentary was that “Reeds Solicitors has grown its practice in the South West through the recruitment of barristers and solicitors, and handles the full spectrum of general crime services, with experience in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, and Court of Appeal. It is highly experienced in handling matters involving serious crime, but also covers road traffic offences, sexual offences, theft, manslaughter, firearm offences, as well as cybercrime and drug offences. Prison law and military law are other areas of work. Solicitor-advocate Nicola Hutchinson, who is recommended for her work ethics and tenacity, heads the Bristol office while director and solicitor-advocate Stephen Clifford leads the Bristol and Gloucestershire offices. Hutchinson has recently handled a number of Crown Court cases in Bristol, including a high-profile case involving trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution for gain, and rape. In another key highlight, the practice defended a client in a case involving nine co-defendants who were prosecuted for acting together to conspire to supply class A and B drugs.”

Finally, in London, “Reeds Solicitors has ‘a national presence’ and ‘is well placed to handle major criminal cases, and to provide a tailored service according to various geographical needs’. The team has recently handled a number of high-profile sexual assault cases, and is also adept at dealing with theft, money laundering and other financial crime matters. Abigail Ashford ‘stands out for her sheer dedication, skill and legal acumen’ and ‘matches a quiet commitment with a painstaking approach and tactical astuteness’”.

The Legal 500 is the leading guide to law firms in the UK, and they undertake a rigorous research process every year to establish these rankings. “Every firm ranked – and every individual mentioned – in The Legal 500 UK is ‘recommended’.”

For more information, you can access the Legal 500 website here.


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