“Reeds Solicitors is a growing firm that specialises in criminal defence and prison law, and which recently launched specialist teams dealing with private actions against the police, military, corporate crime and regulatory law. It also deals with sexual offences, violent crimes, drug-related crimes and fraud. The firm is ‘exceptional in its approach to the tough world of criminal legal aid work’. Director and solicitor-advocate Stephen Clifford heads the team... Recent cases include defending a client arrested under Operation Scottsdale and charged with conspiracy to keep and manage brothels; the client was given a non-custodial sentence. In another key matter, the practice represented a vulnerable woman charged with assisting an offender linked to murder; she was acquitted of all charges.”Legal 500, 2018
Areas of law:
Police Station, Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court, Appeal Against Sentence, Appeals Against Conviction, Motoring Solicitors, Crown Court, Crime and Investigation
Stephen is a solicitor-advocate and a director of the firm. Although a highly accomplished duty solicitor with over 20 years’ experience expertly defending clients at the Magistrates Court, Stephen also offers his clients a truly seamless service through his ability to represent them in cases before the Crown Court, where his clients benefit from his undoubted talent for advocacy.
As a previous member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel, Stephen truly appreciates the value of listening to his clients, and appreciating and understanding their needs. With a true commitment to ensuring quality service and the best possible chance of success, he is able to put himself their shoes; taking time to carefully explain the nature of the case and the strength of the evidence in a way they can understand.
Stephen has built a reputation for applying a methodical approach to all his cases, enabling him to identify the real issues and to understand even the smallest detail, meaning that those who instruct him can be assured of honest and genuinely informed advice. His reputation is such that it has seen him instructed to advise a national Road Traffic Act insurer in relation to Road Traffic Act offences, as well as being retained to provide advice to their insured drivers.
Kennet District Council v Young – Road Traffic case determining the location of the offence where a defendant fails to provide details as to the identity of the driver.
R v W and others – represented the Managing Director of a company acquitted following trial of infringing the trademarks of Sun, IBM and Compaq to a value in excess of £30m, in the resale of computer chips.
R v GL, LL and NPS Ltd– a prosecution under the POCA 2003 where the MD of a company used his company to receive and transfer millions in funds from virtual casino’s in the United States under licences from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, the proceeds of which came from illegal gambling activities. There was never a prosecution in Canada against the owners and one of the issues was whether the activity constituted a criminal offence abroad.
Involved in the defence of a large scale investigation by the Gambling Commission and the West Midlands police into the match fixing of snooker matches which resulted in no charges.