Are you facing criminal charges and in need of expert legal representation? Reeds Solicitors is a top-tier and leading criminal defence solicitors.

At Reeds, our Criminal Defence Solicitors understand the importance of protecting your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your case. Any allegation of wrongdoing can have a devastating effect; not only emotionally, but also to your reputation, your livelihood or in the most serious cases, to your liberty.

With all that at stake, if you find yourself in trouble you need to know that you can turn to someone who has both the knowledge and experience to guide you, advise you and defend you. We have extensive experience in criminal defence. Our criminal lawyers are commented on for being skilful in strategic, complex cases. Our dedicated solicitors provide astute defence and second-to-none representation tailored to your specific needs.

At Reeds we understand that each client and case is unique. That’s why we adopt a client-centred approach, taking the time to listen and understand your specific concerns, needs, and objectives.

We provide advice and representation for all case types and at all stages;

Our team specialise in supporting and representing High Net Worth individuals, ensuring that their private matters are kept confidential and out of the public eye. You can find out more information on reputation and crisis management for HNWI and Public Figures here.

If you are facing criminal investigation or proceedings, our criminal defence solicitors throughout England and Wales can provide expert legal assistance. Obtaining legal advice at an early stage is often crucial. For advice about any offence at any stage of an investigation or proceedings, you can contact us through our contact page here. Alternatively you can phone 0333 240 7373, or email us at


How We Can Help

Reeds has some of the most experienced, talented and respected criminal defence solicitors, solicitor-advocates and barristers in the South of England and are able to offer expertise in all areas of criminal law. Our Criminal Solicitors are led by Stuart Matthews, Julian Richards, Nicola Hutchinson and Jon Wilkins in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court.

  1. Unparalleled Expertise: Our solicitors have a proven track record in handling a wide range of criminal cases, from minor offences to complex and high-profile trials. With extensive knowledge of criminal law, we provide the expertise needed to navigate the legal system effectively.
  2. A Proactive Defence: We believe in fighting relentlessly to protect your rights and achieve the best outcome. Our team is known for its tenacity, strategic thinking, and persuasive advocacy both inside and outside the courtroom.
  3. Client-Centered Approach: Your needs and concerns are our top priority. We take the time to listen and understand your situation. We will develop a customised defence strategy that aligns with your goals. Our solicitors provide regular updates and clear communication throughout the legal process.
  4. Comprehensive Services: Our criminal defence solicitors handle a wide range of cases, including but not limited to assault, sexual offences, drug offences, theft, fraud, white-collar crimes, and more. No matter the complexity of your case, we have the expertise to provide robust representation.
  5. Confidentiality and Discretion: We understand the sensitive nature of criminal cases. Rest assured, all discussions and information shared with our team are strictly confidential. Your privacy and reputation are paramount to us.

Is Legal Aid Available for Criminal Defence?

We hold a contract with the Legal Aid Agency which enables eligible clients to obtain public funding for their case should they meet the criteria, and in all other cases we offer competitive private rates which can be tailored to meet your individual circumstances and requirements.

In some cases we can offer fixed fees to advise or represent you so you that know exactly where you stand with costs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Defence Solicitors Near Me?

With offices nationwide (including London, Oxford, Reading, Bristol and Manchester), you can find your closest office on our offices page here. Alternatively, you can phone 0333 240 7373, or email us at, and provide us your location and we will put you in touch with the closest criminal defence solicitor.

What are the usual fees for criminal defence solicitors?

Hourly rates of £300 + VAT per hour or agreed fixed fees.

What does a criminal defence solicitor do?

A criminal defence solicitor specialises in representing individuals accused of criminal offences. They provide legal advice, build a defence strategy, and represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, including in court.

Why do I need a criminal defence solicitor?

A criminal defence solicitor has the expertise and knowledge of the legal system necessary to protect your rights. Instructing a criminal solicitor will provide the best possible defence. They understand the complexities of criminal law and can guide you through the legal process, ensuring your interests are safeguarded.

What types of criminal cases do you handle?

At Reeds, we handle a wide range of criminal cases, including but not limited to assault, sexual offences, drug offences, theft, fraud, white-collar crimes, domestic violence, and more.

Our experienced team is equipped to handle both minor and complex criminal matters, no matter at what stage of proceedings you are. We recommend anyone to contact us as soon as they are aware that they are involved in a criminal investigation. Early legal representation can be crucial to ensure the best possible outcome.

Reeds Solicitors is an award winning and leading top-tier criminal defence firm. For legal advice and representation, please contact us through our contact page here. Alternatively, you can phone 0333 240 7373, or email us at

How can a criminal defence solicitor help with my case?

A criminal defence solicitor will represent you during all stages of the legal process, negotiate with the prosecution, and provide guidance and support throughout your case. If you are facing allegations, your solicitor will thoroughly examine the evidence against you, identify potential defences, and build a strong case on your behalf.

What are the potential consequences of a criminal conviction?

The consequences of a criminal conviction vary depending on the nature of the offence and the person’s specific circumstances. They can include fines, probation, community service, imprisonment, and a permanent criminal record. A criminal record can impact employment prospects, travel opportunities, and personal reputation.

How much will it cost to hire a criminal defence solicitor?

The cost of hiring a criminal defence solicitor can vary depending on the complexity of your case, the experience of the solicitor, and other factors. At Reeds, we provide transparent fee structures and can discuss the costs during an initial consultation.

To discuss any aspect of your case or speak with a solicitor, please contact us through our contact page here. Alternatively you can phone 0333 240 7373, or email us at

What should I do if I’ve been arrested or charged with a crime?

If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime, it’s important to consult with a criminal defence solicitor as soon as possible.

Whilst it is easy to want to appear cooperative during interviews, refrain from making statements to the police without legal representation. Some individuals feel that asking for a solicitor to be present is a sign of guilt or wrongdoing, this could put you in a weaker and more vulnerable position. Having a solicitor there provides support and legal advice to what your rights are at any given moment during interviews and investigations. They can ensure that what you say is unlikely to be misconstrued, as well as many other benefits.

Contact Reeds immediately for expert advice and guidance through our contact page here. Alternatively, you can phone 0333 240 7373, or email us at

For more information on interviews, please see our article here.

Can I change my current criminal defence solicitor?

Yes, you have the right to change your criminal defence solicitor if you are not satisfied with their services. However, it’s advisable to carefully consider the decision and seek legal advice before making any changes.

Reeds are regularly approached by clients to take over the conduct of cases from previously instructed solicitors. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss changing your legal representation to Reeds Solicitors and we will endeavour to assist whenever possible.

You can contact Reeds through our contact page here. Alternatively, you can phone 0333 240 7373, or email us at


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