“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, 2018
“Abigail Ashford heads the team which is ‘efficient, responsive and knowledgeable’. ”Legal 500, 2019
“My solicitor Abigail Ashford went above and beyond what I expected of her while we worked together on my case. She helped me arrive at an unexpectedly positive result in court. She was fast, proactive and a pleasure to work with.”Client
“Practice head Abigail Ashford is 'dedicated' and 'extremely hardworking'... always on top of her cases; she is proactive, diligent and knowledgeable”Legal 500, 2020
“After meeting Abigail at my second interview, Abigail has been informative, guiding and made me focus on what was needed to get me through this stressful process. Abigail had the perfect approach in the way she communicated with me and made me feel at ease when it was obvious, I wasn’t feeling good. Abigail’s advice on assigning my barristers was perfectly timed and a stroke of genius. ”Client
“Thank so much for your brilliant representation today and detailed dedication and thoroughness leading up to this morning - you swayed the case with your absolute passionate defence of me. I never imagined that I could have been so fortunate.”Client
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, or involve vulnerable Defendants. She routinely defends clients charged with conspiracy, 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.
Abigail is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500.
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
Represented 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
Defended a client accused 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 large quantities of Class A drugs, where Defendant had a recent previous conviction for an almost identical 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 after trial in respect of allegations of attempted s18 GBH and threats with a knife. Not guilty by reason of insanity found in respect of the 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 s11 Terrorism Act 2000, in this internationally reported case
J v J - Court of Appeal
Successfully appealed County Court decision which had found client in contempt of Court resulting in her immediate imprisonment within civil proceedings
R v Central Criminal Court
Successfully advanced insanity defence at trial on behalf of a client accused of attempted murder