“Abigail Ashford ‘stands out for her sheer dedication, skill and legal acumen’ and ‘matches a quiet commitment with a painstaking approach and tactical astuteness.’”Legal 500 2017
“Abigail Ashford heads the team which is ‘efficient, responsive and knowledgeable’. ”Legal 500 2018
Solicitor Advocate & Team Leader
City of London
Areas of law:
Crown Court, Fraud Solicitors, Magistrates’ Court, Police Station, Youth Court, Motoring Solicitors, Crime and Investigation, Corporate Crime, Regulation & Professional Discipline, Terrorism Offences
Abigail is a solicitor advocate, and the Team Leader of our London office. A talented and capable Magistrates Court and Police station duty solicitor, she has attained her Higher Rights of Audience which additionally enables her to conduct advocacy in the Crown Court. Abigail joined Reeds in 2016 having previously been a Partner at Blaser Mills LLP.
Having practised exclusively in the field of criminal defence since qualification, Abigail primarily accepts instructions from clients in and around London, and provides legal advice and representation in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court to those accused of the full spectrum of criminal offences, with a focus on complex and serious crime.
In recent years, Abigail’s practice has heavily focused on the defence of those involved in complex white collar financial crime involving high value missing trader or “MTIC” fraud, boiler room fraud, money laundering, false accounting, conspiracy to defraud, and confiscation proceedings. Her reputation has seen her instructed to defend clients in Trading Standards, HMRC and SFO prosecutions across the UK, where her technical legal knowledge and meticulous attention to detail in the preparation of her cases, produce both positive results and satisfied clients.
As an approachable and tactical lawyer, Abigail is sought out by clients for her expertise in dealing with sensitive cases of the utmost complexity and gravity, many of which attract widespread media attention. With a client base including business professionals and public officials, she routinely defends clients charged with conspiracies, misconduct in public office, fraud, serious drugs offences, serious violence including homicide and GBH, terrorism, and rape.
She accepts instructions on a private basis from clients seeking advice on appeal in relation to convictions for homicide or serious sexual offences.
Female Fraud Forum
Women in Criminal Law
2017 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award – Financial Criminal Law – Lawyer of the Year in England
Operation MFB - Liverpool Crown Court
A multi-million pound VAT carousel fraud. Secured substantial reduction in benefit figure in confiscation proceedings from £134m, to less than £50,000.
R v J – Croydon Crown Court
Instructed by a senior public official charged with multiple counts of misconduct in public office. Crown offered no evidence at trial.
R v T – Isleworth Crown Court
Allegations of rape and sexual assault in a domestic context. Acquitted after trial.
R v W - Court of Appeal
Successfully quashed conviction from Liverpool Crown Court for murder of an ex partner where loss of control had been argued.
R v M – Southwark Crown Court
Acquittal after retrial in multi handed conspiracy to supply significant quantities of a Class A drug, where Defendant had previous recent conviction for the same offence.
R v A - Maidstone Crown Court
Acquittal after trial on all counts in respect of allegations of attempted murder, s18 GBH, attempted s18 GBH, affray and being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs.
R v W - Inner London Crown Court
Acquittal in respect of allegations of attempted s18 GBH and threats with a knife. Not guilty by reason of insanity found in respect of a third count of possession of a bladed article.
R v P - Birmingham Crown Court
Acted for Defendant charged with membership of a proscribed group contrary to the Terrorism Act, in this internationally reported case
J v J - Court of Appeal
Successfully appealed decision which had found client in contempt of Court within civil proceedings