Max ReevesDirector, High Court Advocate and Solicitor | SRA ID: 380531
Our founder, Max Reeves, has been working in criminal law for over 20 years.
Max started out as a paralegal in a South London firm, primarily attending crown court hearings to assist counsel and provide support to clients.
He quickly became a caseworker in his own right, dealing with cases from minor offences to the most serious and complex, such as murder and fraud.
Max was soon headhunted by a leading criminal law firm in central London where he qualified as a solicitor, duty solicitor and a higher court advocate, where he has dealt with a number of high profile cases.
Since founding Reeves & Co in 2008, Max has developed the firm into the success it is today, with six offices in Kent and South London, Reeves & Co provides cover throughout the whole of the UK. Despite running a busy law firm Max still represents clients himself, specialising in crown court advocacy.
Max was recently junior counsel in the high profile trial of R v Stimpson – case involving the murder of a girl by her boyfriend in the Chatham Dockside car park where he claimed diminished responsibility due to mental health.
Daisy GuyPractice Manager and Case Worker
Daisy is an experienced Contract and Area manager within the charitable sector, with qualifications in Law and a graduate and post graduate in Criminology, Forensic Psychology and Advice and Guidance.
In her last post with the Royal British Legion Industries she managed successful teams and delivered on a number of large government contracts. In 2016 she was awarded Employee of the Year for her commitment to the organisation and clients.
Daisy has spent 7 years working with people facing difficult situations who needed support to help them move forward and treats each client with empathy and understanding. Daisy has worked throughout the UK and worldwide with military personnel, people in prison, ex-offenders and those with mental health issues, operating as a Life Coach and Trainer.
Since working for Reeves and Co, Daisy’s role has included case working on notable, high profile cases including murder, attempted murder and sexual offences. Her role now as Practice Manager involves managing the firm, employees and ensuring that we deliver a high quality of service to our clients.
Jason’s areas of expertise include criminal defence, court martial and appellate work.
A dedicated, thorough, thoughtful and compassionate advocate who now only defends, but with a strong reputation as a former prosecutor, he has extensive experience of all alleged offending.
This includes more than forty-five murder trials as well as cases of attempted murder, manslaughter and causing death by dangerous driving. Similarly drugs importations, sexual offences and fraud.
At the same time he recognises that there is no such thing as a “trivial” offence for anyone whose reputation or liberty is at stake.
- R v Farmer and Sonnex (appearing for Farmer) – where two French students were murdered in a “blood bath”, being stabbed in excess of 250 times and their bodies subsequently set alight.
- R v Wright – who murdered his mother and spent her money on crack cocaine.
- R v Danish – who conspired with the wife of the victim to murder him for the sake of his insurance money.
- R v Cobb – a male nurse who administered an amnesiac drug Midazolam to a female colleague with intent to rape her. The victim died but Cobb went on to administer the same drug to patients in Accident and Emergency in order to rape them. He received seven life sentences.
- R v Arslan and others – the abduction and selling into sexual slavery of women from outside the UK by five defendants.
- R v Shearman – a middle-aged man who befriended a lady of 101 years of age whom he tried to marry in order to become the sole beneficiary under her will (to the exclusion of her intended legatees) and who stole from her.
- R v Iaquaniello – a female police officer who faked a number of burglaries at her home in order to make insurance claims. As time went on she began to fake threats on her life and attempts to kill her – including cutting the brake pipes of her own car. This had the ultimate aim of suing the police for failing to protect her from her would-be killer.
- R v Conteh – is now the leading case on the high threshold which must be passed before a defendant can be convicted of this offence. (2004 RTR 1)
Neil RossBarrister and Lawyer
Neil Ross is a barrister with experience in representing clients across a wide range of serious offences including serious violence, drugs, fraud and regulatory offences.
Neil is instructed in all aspects of criminal work including serious violence, drugs, fraud and regulatory offences. Praised for the cogency of his submissions in the Court of Appeal, Neil is able to distil complicated arguments and make them accessible to client and court alike. He is known for a friendly and approachable manner, with a knack for putting even difficult clients at ease.
Neil has served as an elected member of the Bar Council and on the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association. He is particularly technically adept and was a long standing member of the IT panel of the Bar Council, as well as the practitioners group advising on the digitisation of the justice system.
Outside of the law, Neil is a non-executive director on the governing body of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group. This NHS body plans and commissions healthcare services with an annual budget in excess of £270 million.
- R v W & W (Cayman Islands) – led junior. The case focused on corruptly obtained contracts for IT services. During the course of the trial, evidence was heard from a former Government minister, high-ranking civil servants and senior staff at the Health Service. The case had links to numerous jurisdictions and also touched on the FIFA corruption allegations.
- R v S (Cayman Islands) – led junior. A high-profile fraud case involving the former President of the local University (ongoing).
- Serious Fraud Office v C – a bribery and corruption case involving payments to foreign public officials to win contracts for the printing of currency.
- Serious Fraud Office v P – a USD 500 million hedge fund fraud where artificial swap trades were constructed to inflate the value of the fund.
- R v C and L – led junior. A case of attempted murder using sulphuric acid.
- R v D and others – murder and violent disorder (ongoing).
- R v L and others – grievous bodily harm and assisting an offender offences following a gang-related turf war.
- R v M and others – a grievous bodily harm offence where the complainant, a paranoid schizophrenic, was stabbed in the chest causing life threatening injuries.
- R v A and others – a large-scale fight in the middle of a busy public road, ending with six people needing hospital treatment including one with multiple stab wounds.
- R v H – Possession with intent to supply class A drugs where the defendant claimed he had been kidnapped and forced to commit the offences. Complex legal arguments around the applicability of the Modern Slavery Act and its relevance in considering the interests of justice to continue the prosecution.
- R v R – an attempted rape involving a stranger abducted from the street. The defendant had unusual and complex communication difficulties requiring a range of expert evidence to establish he was unfit to stand trial.
- R v H – Multiple counts of fly-tipping, breach of duty of care and forgery. The waste included bonded and unbonded asbestos, with the total waste weighing several hundred tonnes.
- R v S – Offences of fraudulent trading under the Companies Act, and misconduct during winding up under the Insolvency Act.
- R v S (Court of Appeal) – an application for leave to appeal against sentence in a conspiracy to supply cocaine case involving 5kg of drugs and an undercover operation lasting three months.
- R v R (Court of Appeal) – a successful appeal against sentence in a case in which the defendant made admissions to dealing drugs in a pre-sentence report but had pleaded guilty to simple possession.
David HowellHigh Court Advocate and Solicitor
David Howell is a very experienced higher court advocate and trial lawyer. He is well-respected and conducts trials in the most serious of cases.
David Howell is a very experienced trial advocate and senior counsel. He is dual qualified, and he has been a Solicitor Higher Court Advocate since 1996. He has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and has considerable military court martial experience.
After 30 years of military service both Regular and reserve, he has extensive negotiation and mediation skills in varied civil and military environments. He is a Qualified instructor in trial advocacy and has been rated as a level 3 trial advocate – serious Fraud, sex and assault cases. He has been Junior in 35 murder trials and in the last 12 months he has participated in 14 trials, 11 acquittals, 1 conviction and 2 partial convictions.
Philip HillHigh Court Advocate and Solicitor | SRA ID: 139446
Philip qualified as a solicitor in 1988, a duty solicitor in 1990 and as a crown court advocate in 1999.
Philip has been conducting crown court jury trials since 2000 and has been appointed on the Law Society’s mental health review tribunal panel. Philip has also lectured in law at the University of Ostrog, Ukraine.
Daniel CumminsHigh Court Advocate and Solicitor | SRA ID: 314996
Daniel re-joined Reeves & Co Solicitors in 2017 after working as Head of Criminal Cartels and Compliance for City firm Euclid Law.
Daniel has worked as a trial advocate for a number of firms, representing clients before various courts up to and including the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal. Daniel has vast experience as both a litigator and specialist defence advocate in a diverse variety of offences, including fraud and financial crimes. Daniel has successfully defended attempted murder and murder trials (the latter as Junior counsel).
Daniel’s excellent legal knowledge, combined with his experience as a trial advocate, is decisive when preparing complex cases, and knowing ‘what works’ in court enables him to achieve an optimum outcome for the client.
Daniel went to school in Ascot and obtained his LLB (Hons) from Brunel University, London. He is undertaking his Masters at Kings College London and can assist clients in English and Spanish.
Suzanne FewinsHigh Court Advocate and Solicitor | SRA ID: 609019
Suzanne completed her undergraduate level degree in law at the University of Kent and her Legal Practice Course at BPP law school.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree in law in 2013, Suzanne spent six months working as a paralegal in London before joining Reeves & Co. She has remained at the firm since and qualified as a solicitor, and later a crown court advocate, in 2015.
Suzanne represents clients at the police station, magistrates’ court and crown court, with her cases often involving fraudulent crimes.
Richard AshleyHigh Court Advocate and Solicitor
Richard joined Reeves & Co in 2012 managing the crown court advocacy department.
Richard has enjoyed a lengthy career in criminal law, qualifying twenty years ago with a specialist white collar crime City firm, before truly finding his feet in the busy arena of the police station and magistrates’ court, assisting clients in all manner of criminal offences from traffic through to the most serious offences.
Richard is qualified to master’s level and is an experienced crown court advocate.
Jade GambrillHigh Court Advocate
Jade studied law at the University of Westminster achieving first class honours followed by a distinction in the legal practice course.
She went on to gain Criminal and Civil law experience in London and the South East before completing her training in Kent.
Jade is qualified as a solicitor and higher court advocate and represents clients in all criminal matters in both magistrates’ and crown court cases.
In addition to her work in practice, Jade also acts as a visiting lecturer for the University of Westminster teaching criminal litigation and advocacy modules.
Jennifer StanburyHigh Court Advocate and Solicitor | SRA ID: 133072
A fearless criminal advocate with over 30 years’ experience in Kent and London.
Taking the opportunity to join the Duty Solicitor scheme in 1987, Jennifer has practiced criminal law ever since. Her criminal practice soared in the 90’s as the only criminal lawyer in a conveyancing firm in Clapham Junction. She had the opportunity to represent clients in high profile cases from Police station to the crown court. Eventually when the firm decided to represent private clients only she decided to set up her own firm with all her legal aid clients, mainly crime and family.
After a vast range of cases including murder, drug trafficking, mental health, child abductions, robbery, fraud and sexual offences, she closed her practice in 1995 after deciding to specialise in crime only. Jennifer then moved from South London to work across the water in the West End for a legal 500 criminal law firm where she concentrated on trial advocacy, joining the crown court advocacy team, whilst still maintaining duty solicitor responsibilities.
In 2003 she moved to work for a criminal litigation firm in South London, during which time she became a higher rights advocate. In 2007 she moved to Kent and joined the Kent duty solicitor scheme in 2008, where she has continued to work as a higher rights advocate and duty solicitor.
Her greatest moments have been acquittals in cases of murder, manslaughter, GBH, a 10 year old cold case rape and finally a no case to answer in respect to a five handed violent disorder case.
Samantha WhiteSolicitor | SRA ID: 166906
Advised and represented clients from all walks of life in cases of Murder, Drugs, Rape, Explosives, Terrorism, Perverting the Course of Justice and Conspiracy.
Qualifying as a solicitor in 1994, Samantha has gained substantial experience of the Criminal Justice System with expertise in the youth and adult courts.
She has represented both domestic and international cases such as MTIC fraud, mortgage and property frauds, evasion of import duty, defrauding charities, Post Office fraud, fraudulent trading, internet fraud, and ‘rogue’ trader fraud. Some of these cases were high profile, multi-handed ones involving multiple counts and high value (£100m +).
She has advised and represented company directors, police officers, nurses, fire service and white collar workers, as well as advising solicitors on obligations imposed by money laundering regulations. As well as her advisory roles she has lectured to other solicitor firms, solicitors and support staff.
Robert QuinnSolicitor | SRA ID: 277756
Robert Quinn is an experienced criminal solicitor having qualified and specialised in criminal defence work since 2004.
He was initially trained by, and subsequently worked for, one of the country’s largest, specialist, criminal defence firms based in London where he rose through the ranks to be appointed as a Director of the firm.
Seeking a change from life in the big city, Robert moved to Ashford in Kent where he has practised since 2006. During that time he has represented people in Courts and Police Stations all over Kent and the South East on a daily basis.
Robert is experienced at dealing with the entire range of criminal offences and prides himself on offering down to earth and realistic advice whilst doing his utmost to fight his client’s corner.
Helen AdamsSolicitor | SRA ID: 167645
Helen Adams has over 20 years experience as a solicitor.
Helen has worked for Reeves & Co Solicitors for over 5 years and has experience managing a number of different types of criminal cases which allows her to offer her clients quality advice and guidance.
Helen has been practising criminal law for 23 years after being admitted in 1995, graduating at the College of Law in York. She offers experience in both criminal and family law and prior to Reeves & Co managed a busy and successful Criminal Law practice.
Helen takes pride in the service she provides, this is evident by her high number of own clients that stem from repeat customers and recommendations. Helen is not only fantastic with her clients, but also ensures the family surrounding them receive the same high quality service and support through a very difficult time and set of circumstances.
Helen has dealt with a wide range of cases, often taking a case from police station stage right the way through to Crown Court advocacy. Helen has a specialism in handling cases involving youth clients and is aware of the range of factors that can present themselves with this cliental and how to resolve and handle them.
Helen builds exceptional rapport with her clients and has often been told she is someone they feel is approachable, will listen and fight their corner. She is well respected, with high levels of integrity and operates with her clients best interests first.
Laura BelcherSolicitor | SRA ID: 378755
Laura qualified as a Solicitor in 2006, after completing her Law Degree at Kent University.
Laura is highly experienced in all aspects of criminal law, including complex murder and rape cases. Laura receives fantastic feedback from her clients due to her supportive, empathetic nature and as she is able to offer clients a vast amount of knowledge and experience.
Victoria UrmossySolicitor | SRA ID: 433012
Victoria is a qualified Duty Solicitor specialising in criminal defence.
After obtaining a degree in Ancient History with honours from Royal Holloway University she went on to study Law at The College of Law in London, firstly undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law and then going on to complete the Legal Practice Course.
During her time at The College of Law Victoria was awarded a Legal Aid funded training contract with a leading criminal law firm, this was one of only 350 awarded across the country to successful applicants.
Victoria successfully completed her training contract in 2009 and qualified as a Solicitor the same year. Upon qualification she moved to Reeves & Co Solicitors in Kent where she achieved Duty Solicitor status within 5 months of qualification.
Victoria is a senior solicitor within the firm dealing primarily with gang related crime from our London office.
Terry KnoxSolicitor | SRA ID: 312532
Terry has been a part of the Reeves & Co team since it was founded in 2008 and is a regular trial Advocate for clients at Magistrates’ Court.
Having trained in London, first at the Bar before becoming a solicitor in 2000, Terry came to Kent to practice in 2003.
He achieved a Distinction in his Master’s Degree in law from the University of Kent. Studying with a focus on the criminal aspects of commercial law, Terry has specialist knowledge in areas which include money laundering and financial fraud.
Terry represents clients in criminal matters at Magistrates’ and Crown Court cases.
Esmie joined Reeves & Co in 2016 after graduating from the University of Winchester with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
As the firm’s paralegal, she oversees administration and manages our clients journey throughout the legal process. She assists our solicitors with document preparation, answering enquiries but most importantly creates a welcoming front of house.
Esmie is approachable, friendly and always able to relate and establish strong professional relationships with our clients.
Harry FieldClient Services
Harry has recently joined the team at Reeves & Co Solicitors.
After studying at sixth-form and qualifying in business he joined the firm to progress his experience in the law industry. He is thoroughly enjoying working for the firm and will be the first point of contact for most.
Jade WalklettBusiness Support
Jade recently started working with Reeves and Co in business and admin support after completing courses in business administration and team leading.
She is looking forward to progressing within the company and learning all the skills needed to further her career.