Court Martial Solicitors Team Secure Double-Acquittal

Reeds Solicitors secure a double acquittal on a two-handed court martial case before the Catterick Court Martial Centre (October 2021). Zoe Heron, Chartered Legal Executive Advocate of our Leighton Buzzard Office litigated the case where two soldiers were accused of assaulting a Major and Sergeant whilst on a night out on an Austrian Skiing Trip, […]

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Reeds secure acquittal for client facing sexual offences

Our client faced a week-long trial on a 13 count indictment for historic sex offences including rape, assault by penetration, and sexual activity with a child. Reeds took conduct of this case in January of 2021 after our client had been charged in January of 2020. Both Craig Jeffs, Senior Caseworker in our Milton Keynes […]

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Reeds secure acquittal for client facing attempted murder

Our client was facing an attempted murder charge then a S18 and S20 as alternatives on the indictment against his estranged wife at Luton Crown Court, where it was alleged he stabbed her in the neck. He has been acquitted of all counts and instead received a 20 month sentence for breaching his non-molestation order […]

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Reeds successfully argues against the imposition of an Interim Sexual Risk Order

The police applied for an application for a sexual risk order. Tom Brymer, Partner, Solicitor, and Area  Manager based in our Reading branch, successfully argued against the imposition of an Interim Sexual Risk Order at the first hearing before the court listed a contested hearing. On that occasion the police failed to have their case […]

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Reeds Solicitors secure a not guilty verdict for client accused of burglary

Reeds Solicitors secure a fantastic not guilty verdict for a client accused of burglary of a business where the client had worked. There was forensic evidence in the form of footwear impressions and fingerprints that placed the client at the point of entry. After a considerable amount of time getting the case to trial due […]

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Reeds Solicitors have an excellent result in the Court of Appeal

Helen Chenery, Barrister in our Milton Keynes branch of Solicitors, had a good result at the Court of Appeal with a sentence being cut almost in half. The sentence of 48 weeks was quashed and substituted with a sentence of 6 months imprisonment, which has already been served.  

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Reeds Solicitors successfully defend two clients facing allegations from the same alleged incident

Simon Macfarlane, Solicitor-Advocate, and Jo Hooper, Solicitor, both from our Bristol branch, represented a couple last week, the first charged with assault and the second with using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence (s.4 Public Order). The defendants faced allegations from the same complainant all from the same alleged incident. The case […]

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Reeds Solicitors Successfully Defend Client Charged with Murder

Emma Ćojder, Senior Legal Executive based at our Basingstoke branch, instructs and assists Alistair Grainger and Paul Hynes QC of 25 Bedford Row who secure an acquittal for our client who was charged with murder. Following a hearing at Oxford Crown Court, our client, who was due to stand trial as part of a murder investigation later […]

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Reeds Successfully Overturn DVLA’s Decision Not To Renew Client’s Driving Licence

Stuart Matthews, Solicitor-Advocate, Partner & Head of Private Crime at our Oxford branch, successfully represents our client in overturning the DVLA’s decision not to renew his driving licence due to alcohol dependence. Stuart commissioned blood tests and instructed an expert who concluded that our client was neither dependent upon nor misusing alcohol. The DVLA accepted […]

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Reeds Solicitors Successfully Defend Two Clients at Bristol Magistrates’ Court

Simon Macfarlane, Solicitor-Advocate, and Jo Hooper, Solicitor, both based in our Bristol office successfully co-defended a case heard at Bristol Magistrates Court on Friday, 8 January. Our clients were both of good character charged with violence to secure entry, assault and two charges of criminal damage. Following a successful trial, both clients were found not […]

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Reeds Solicitors successfully defend client charged with drug offences

On Wednesday, 13 January Tom Brymer, Partner, Solicitor & Area Manager based in our Reading office, represented a young man for a 2-counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis. Despite the Crown Prosecution Service arguing that this was a matter that had a starting point of 12-months in custody, Tom was able to successfully […]

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Reeds successfully defend client charged with conspiracy to defraud

Following a trial at St Albans Crown Court, Mark Abbott, Solicitor and Crown Court litigator based at our Milton Keynes office, successfully secures an acquittal for our client charged with conspiracy to defraud in a £1.2 million ‘crash for cash’ conspiracy spanning a 2-year period involving over 50 staged traffic collisions. Working with Mark Abbott, our client’s […]

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Reeds make successful application to dismiss at the Central Criminal Court

Mark Abbott, Solicitor and Crown Court litigator based at our Milton Keynes office, makes a successful application to dismissal at the Central Criminal Court. Our client was one of 2 charged with attempted murder & possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. This was an Operation Trident led investigation into the attempted execution of […]

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Reeds successfully defend client following a trial at Harrow Crown Court

Mark Abbott, Solicitor and Crown Court litigator based at our Milton Keynes office, successfully defends our client following a trial at Harrow Crown Court. Our client was one of 6 charged with conspiracy to supply significant quantities of class A controlled drugs with regional distribution through vehicles with custom made concealed compartments in vehicles. The advocate […]

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Reeds secure successful appeal at Leicester Crown Court

Mark Abbott, Solicitor and Crown Court litigator based at our Milton Keynes office, successfully appeals a case heard at Leicester Crown Court. Our client was one of 23 charged with conspiracy to commit violent disorder and attempted murder following 3 separate altercations on the same date in central Leicester. Although our client was convicted at trial, […]

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Reeds secure acquittal for client facing a 7-count indictment

Following a 6-day trial at Amersham Crown Court, Reeds successfully secure an acquittal for our client who was facing a 7-count indictment which included attempted arson, threats to kill, common assaults, and possession of a bladed article. Our client had 11 previous convictions for Arson and was initially remanded into custody before being secured bail. […]

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Reeds secure acquittal following a 5-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court

Following a 5-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court, Reeds successfully secure an acquittal for our client who was facing a 4-count indictment of indecent assault of a child dating back to 2002, when he was just a youth himself. He was of good character and was acquitted of all counts. Benn Maguire of QEB Hollis Whiteman was […]

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Reeds Solicitors secure acquittal at Bradford Crown Court

Emma Ćojder, Senior Legal Executive based at our Basingstoke branch, instructs and assists Neil Ronan, Junior Counsel of St John Street Chambers, who secures an acquittal for our client who was charged with murder. Our client was one of 5 defendants charged with murder and conspiracy to rob in what was one of the largest […]

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Clare Galo successfully defends a client at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court

Clare Galo, Solicitor and Team Leader at our Milton Keynes branch, successfully defends a client at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on Monday, 16th November. Our client was charged with possession of a bladed article; Clare argued that our client had a reasonable excuse for having a kitchen knife in their car drivers’ door pocket as […]

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Successful acquittal in Milton Keynes Magistrates Court

Clare Galo, Solicitor and Team Leader at our Milton Keynes branch of solicitors, represented a 16 year old on 1st October for taking a motorcycle without the owners’ consent. Our client always accepted presence at the scene but denied participation in the actual taking of the bike, despite the owner stating that he saw all […]

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John Lamb makes a successful application to dismiss at St Albans Crown Court

John Lamb, Barrister and Senior Advocate in our Leighton Buzzard Crown Court team, makes a successful application to dismiss at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, 17th November. Our client was charged jointly with her father for conspiracy to defraud Hertfordshire County Council after it was alleged they fraudulently conspired together to make a claim […]

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Successful appeal in case of contempt of Court

Abigail Ashford, solicitor-advocate and team leader of our London office, was called upon by The Times to comment on her recent case at the Court of Appeal, concerning a young mother who had been sentenced to immediate custody at the County Court for contempt, without having had the benefit of legal representation.  Abigail instructed Mr Abid Mahmood of Counsel […]

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R v H – CLARE FEAR SUCCESSFUL IN COURT OF APPEAL

Clare Fear successfully opposed an AG reference against our client’s sentence at the Court of Appeal on the 25th July, in the case of R v H . Our client was sentenced to a community order for conveying cannabis into prison. The Attorney General referred the sentence to the Court of Appeal, arguing that it was […]

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The implications of late disclosure

In the wake of recent reports of Prosecution failures to disclose relevant material on the defence, Amy French of our High Wycombe office successfully persuaded the Prosecution to discontinue a case following an abuse of process argument she raised, after crucial defence evidence was not served by the Prosecution. The case concerned two allegations of assault and one […]

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Outstanding results for Reeds in Operation Nautical

Reeds are delighted to be able to report three more successes in defending ‘grooming ring’ allegations, following the extraordinary results in “Operation Nautical” 1 and 2. After a 3 month trial, ‘J’, represented by our Oxford based Head of Chambers Lucy Tapper and Lisa Wilding QC of Furnival Chambers, was unanimously acquitted of all charges he faced. […]

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Helen Chenery successfully defends alleged gang member at Luton Crown Court

Helen Warren, solicitor advocate at our Milton Keynes branch of chambers, was recently led by Craig Harris of Furnival Chambers in the defence of an individual charged as part of Operation Kruse.  Their combined skill, tactical astuteness and determination lead to their client being acquitted following a lengthy trial at Luton Crown Court. The case – Operation Kruse […]

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Should testing for EDS IV be considered in all cases concerning suspicions of non-accidental shaken babies?

Richard Wainman, solicitor in our High Wycombe Office, acted on behalf of the child through her Guardian in the case of Buckinghamshire Council Council v Andrews and Stillwell [2017] EWFC B19 which, has opened an important new area of investigation with regard to explaining possible ‘shaken baby’ cases. In April 2017, HHJ Venables sitting at […]

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R V RH AND ANOTHER – Appeal Against Sentence

Citation: [2016] EWCA Crim 1754 Child Abduction Advocate: Tony Bignall Crown Court Annex: Bristol Summary Both these cases which are connected have been referred to the full court by the Registrar. Each involves an offence of child abduction. There is no guidance on sentencing from the Sentencing Guidelines Council or Sentencing Council. The offences can […]

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