Stan Reiz KC is ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 2024 as a leader in the practice areas of Fraud and General Crime. He is regularly instructed to defend in cases involving allegations of murder, manslaughter, the large-scale importation of controlled drugs, firearms, fraud and money laundering.
Mr Reiz KC represents high net worth individuals and clients who are in the public eye such as substantial companies, athletes and musicians, as well as professionals being investigated by regulatory authorities.
Mr Reiz KC’s recent cases include representing: the alleged organiser of the highly publicised murder in Liverpool of a young woman shot in her own home with a Skorpion sub-machine gun; a man acquitted of murder following a group attack in a city centre internet café; a man acquitted of the murder of a ‘gardener’ killed during a robbery of a cannabis factory; a man acquitted of the murder of a teenager following a collision between a car and two motorbikes; a company director facing a private prosecution for an alleged £80 million fraud and an interested party in confiscation proceedings associated with £20 million held in crypto currency.
Having been called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands, Mr Reiz also represented a defendant who was acquitted of murder and wounding in the Grand Court of Grand Cayman following a double stabbing at a bar in which one man was killed and another seriously wounded.
Stan Reiz KC’s practice includes defending in a wide spectrum of financial crime cases including:
He has represented defendants prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Stan has advised clients from other jurisdictions on the Bribery Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Stan regularly acts for defendants accused of offences connected to serious organised crime such as large scale conspiracies to import controlled drugs, the commercial supply of firearms and armed robbery.
Stan Reiz KC defends clients accused of all varieties of homicide related offences, including allegations of murder committed with firearms, bladed articles and fire. He is experienced in analysing crime scene and pathology evidence, as well psychiatric evidence in cases in which the defence of diminished responsibility needs to be considered.
Stan Reiz KC has represented clients across a wide spectrum of serious sexual offences cases including rape, sexual assault and offences against children. He has completed the Vulnerable Witness Training Course and is experienced in cross-examining vulnerable witnesses in cases involving allegations of serious offences.
R v S
Defendant accused of distribution of indecent images and attempting to incite sexual activity with children online.
R v D
Defendant acquitted of raping a young woman in her home. During the trial, it was accepted by the officer in the case that there were failures during the investigation to promptly obtain important evidence which only came to light following defence requests years after the first complaint.
R v P
University Professor accused of serious sexual offences including attempted rape, against his best friend’s 8 year old daughter.
R v JS
Defendant alleged to have attacked a woman in a park and whilst on bail for that offence, raped a prostitute.
R v B
‘Archbishop’ television personality and ‘faith healer’ accused of committing serious sexual offences against numerous elderly parishioners.
R v H
Young male accused of attempting to rape his roommate’s intoxicated friend.
R v G
16 year old defendant acquitted of 6 counts of rape at knifepoint and one count of sexual activity with a child alleged to have been committed against three complainants.
R v S
Defendant acquitted of rape of his son’s girlfriend.
R v A
Defendant accused of the historic rape and indecent assault of a young girl.
Stan Reiz KC has considerable experience in appearing before the Court of Appeal in both conviction and sentence appeals, including responding to references by the Attorney-General and the Solicitor-General. He has represented a defendant in an interlocutory prosecution appeal against a terminatory ruling and in a recent case, argued that a conviction should be quashed on what was an entirely technical point unrelated to the merits of the case.
Mr Reiz is frequently asked to advise clients wanting a second opinion on whether there are grounds to appeal against their conviction and/or sentence, when he did not represent them at trial.
R v Gray  EWCA Crim 1095
Successful appeal against sentence for the former Head of Finance at an international digital media company following his guilty plea to fraud. The appeal concerned the correct approach to calculating the value of a fraud for sentencing purposes.
Instructed for an Appellant who had been convicted of Acquiring Criminal Property. The Court of Appeal accepted that the prosecution had erred and as a matter of law, charged the wrong offence. Consequently, they had no choice but to quash the conviction. The prosecution’s application for a re-trial was also refused.
R v Sutherland  EWCA Crim 987
Appeal against a 20 year sentence of imprisonment for conspiracy to import industrial quantities of cocaine using the rip on/rip off method executed by corrupt baggage handlers.
R v Greene (Courtnie Spencer)  EWCA Crim 480
Appeal against sentence for kidnapping.
R v Akhtar  EWCA Crim 378
Successful appeal against sentence for a mortgage broker convicted of mortgage fraud.
Attorney General's Reference, R v Parish & Redford  EWCA 2064 (Crim) 2017 WL 06372088
Sentence for conspiracy to transfer 5 firearms and ammunition increased from 5 years to 7 years and 4 months, but Court rejected submission on behalf of A-G that the sentence should be increased further as full credit for plea should not have been allowed.
R v Ogden & Others  1 Cr.App.R. 29
Appeal against conviction relating to the meaning of “converting criminal property”. Represented 4 appellants. Successful appeal against sentence.
R v Sulal 
Appeal against conviction based on the admission of bad character evidence.
R v Newell 
Successful appeal against sentence in relation to offences of armed robbery and aggravated burglary.
R v Loveridge  EWCA Crim 1209
Successful appeal against sentence in relation to a conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
R v Stewart 
Successful appeal against sentence for drugs and firearms offences.
R v Jabbar  EWCA Crim 801
Acted as led junior in an appeal against conviction for murder based on the admission of hearsay evidence.
R v CB 
Prosecution appeal against a successful submission of no case to answer.
R v Marsh  EWCA Crim 3190
Application of Sentencing Guidelines for offences of wounding.
R v M
Representing teacher accused of misconduct in concurrent disciplinary proceedings brought by the Board of Governors of his school and the Teaching Regulation Agency.
WMP v MM Ltd
Represented a company in an application for a Closure Order.
SC v P. H. S. Ltd
Acted for the company in a trading standards prosecution arising out of sales of prohibited cosmetics.
HC v P. R. Ltd
Acted for a substantial company in a trading standards prosecution relating to the sale of 100,000 defective high visibility jackets across the UK.
CC v P. S. Ltd
Acted for the company in a trading standards prosecution.
Advised a catering company being investigated for health and safety breaches at their principal business premises.
R v Colin Kazim-Richards
Defended Blackburn Rovers player charged with a public order offence arising out of alleged homophobic gestures made towards Brighton and Hove Albion supporters at the AMEX Stadium during a Championship match.
Stan Reiz KC has advised and represented clients facing applications for multi-million pound confiscation orders. He has successfully argued disproportionality based on R v Waya principles resulting in significant reductions to the amounts of the confiscation orders made against his clients. Mr Reiz has also, with the assistance of expert forensic accountants, secured considerable reductions to Prosecution calculations for both benefit and available amount in complex proceedings involving corporate bodies and individuals with extensive assets.
R v A
Represented an interested party in confiscation proceedings against her husband following his conviction for conspiracy to produce anabolic steroids. The disputed assets concerned approximately £20 million held in cryptocurrency and properties.
R v S
Acted for a direct access client in confiscation proceedings following his conviction for breaching an enforcement notice issued in respect of one of his properties.
FCA v M
Defended in complex confiscation proceedings arising from the prosecution of a company director under the Financial Services Act 2012.
R v CS
£3.6 million order sought by the Prosecution reduced to £14,000 following representations as to the law and fact.
R v MS
Alleged benefit from criminal conduct of £3.7 million reduced to £266,000 following written submissions being made on apportionment.
R v S
£1.35 million order sought by the Prosecution reduced to £37,000 following legal submissions on the calculation of benefit and proportionality.
R v M
£10 million order sought by the Prosecution reduced to £29,000 following representations on the relevant law.
SFO v W
Applications to reduce two confiscation orders to nil under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 due to inadequacy granted following a contested hearing. The argument concerned Spanish property and contract law.
R v W
Crown’s assessment of benefit and available amount rejected by the Court following a contested hearing.
FSA v AL
Confiscation proceedings for an offence of insider trading resolved following extended negotiations with the prosecution.
R v B
£9 million order sought by the Prosecution reduced to £300,000 after representations made.
U v Secretary of State for the Home Department
Judicial review proceedings brought to challenge the Home Secretary’s decision to refuse to grant a Home Office Controlled Drug Licence. The application was made by a religious organisation based in Brazil to permit its UK members to ritualistically consume a tea containing a class A controlled substance. It was contended that the Secretary of State violated the Article 9 rights of the members by preventing them from practicing their religion.
Advised a suspect being investigated by the DBIS for breaching the Export Control Order 2008, which regulates the international trade of arms and ammunition. He was arrested for facilitating an arms deal between two foreign countries, without a licence permitting him to do so. Following a full investigation and multiple interviews, no further action was taken against him.