Abigail Ashford


“Abigail Ashford is a standout star. Her dedication to a case is absolutely remarkable and incomparable to the expected norm. She is intelligent, dedicated and tactically astute. Working with her is a great privilege, her presence on a case really changes things”
Legal 500, 2021
“Practice head Abigail Ashford is 'dedicated' and 'extremely hardworking'... always on top of her cases; she is proactive, diligent and knowledgeable”
Legal 500, 2020
“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.”
“Abigail Ashford heads the team which is ‘efficient, responsive and knowledgeable’.”
Legal 500, 2019
“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. ”
“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.”
“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

Solicitor Advocate & Team Leader

City of London

020 3781 8400

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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 City of London office. Abigail joined Reeds in 2016 having previously been a Partner at Blaser Mills LLP.

Having practised exclusively in criminal defence since qualification, Abigail is a talented, experienced and capable Magistrates Court and Police station duty solicitor. She 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.

As an approachable and tactical lawyer, Abigail is frequently sought out by clients for her expertise in handling sensitive or high profile cases of the utmost gravity, many of which attract widespread media attention, or involve vulnerable Defendants. She routinely defends clients charged with conspiracy, misconduct in public office, serious drugs offences, serious violence including homicide and GBH, terrorism, and rape.

Her reputation for meticulous preparation of her caseload has also seen her instructed in Trading Standards, HMRC and SFO prosecutions across the UK, defending 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; where her technical legal knowledge and analytical aptitude produce both positive results and satisfied clients.

Abigail is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500.

In accordance with the Solicitors’ Regulatory Transparency Rules for motoring offences we confirm that Abigail Ashford charges Level A hourly rates.



Female Fraud Forum

Women in Criminal Law


2017 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award – Financial Criminal Law – Lawyer of the Year in England

Notable Cases

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 ultimately offered no evidence at trial.

R v T – Isleworth Crown Court
Defended a client accused of rape and sexual assault of his Wife and another. 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 towards a Police Officer. 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 originally found client in contempt of Court resulting in her immediate imprisonment within civil proceedings

R v K - Central Criminal Court
Successfully advanced insanity defence at trial on behalf of a client accused of attempted murder