Stan Reiz QC is ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 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 and supply of controlled drugs, fraud and money laundering.
Mr Reiz 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 QC is often instructed to provide advice and representation to clients seeking a second opinion on whether they have grounds to appeal against their conviction and/or sentence. He recently appeared for the appellant in the reported case of R v Haque (Mohammed)  1 Cr App R 12;  WLR (D) 49 in which the Court of Appeal quashed a conviction for money laundering and refused to order a re-trial, due to a legal error made by the prosecution at trial.
Mr Reiz recently appeared for a defendant charged in connection with two substantial investment frauds associated with the payday loans market and the promotion of coloured diamonds for investment purposes. He successfully defended a HNW property developer against a charge of Cheating the Public Revenue; represented a man accused of importing 350kgs of cocaine through a sham poultry distribution company and acted for a doctor in an FCA prosecution under the Financial Services Act 2012 associated with the mis-selling of shares in a primary healthcare company.
Mr Reiz also recently defended a man acquitted of murder and manslaughter following a shooting at Tottenham Cemetery. He is presently representing a defendant charged with the joint enterprise murder by shooting of a property developer in East London; he acted for one of four defendants facing charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery following an incident in Southport; and another defendant charged with the murder of a 16 year old boy in a group attack.
Stan Reiz QC’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.
R v X
Successfully represented a high net worth property developer acquitted of Cheating the Public Revenue out of millions of pounds in income and capital gains tax. Three years after arrest and one year after charge, detailed representations on the law and the strength of the evidence led to the prosecution offering no evidence.
R v M
Lead counsel for company director accused of fraudulently marketing investments in coloured diamonds.
R v M
Lead counsel for company director accused of conspiring to commit fraud by promoting a fraudulent payday loans investment scheme.
R v C
Shadow director alleged to have operated a £15 million international money laundering arrangement by abusing his position as the de facto trustee of numerous charities.
R v S
Defendant acquitted of being concerned in the evasion of £3.4 million of duty on imported alcohol.
R v D
Director of a consumer goods company acquitted of fraudulently evading VAT, corporation tax and fraud.
R v M
Accountant prosecuted for a £5 million debt collection fraud on high net worth associates.
FCA v M
Defended a managing director of a PLC and practicing doctor, in a case brought by the FCA for the alleged mis-selling of shares in a primary healthcare company operating in the UK and Dubai.
R v S
Lead counsel for a shadow director accused of orchestrating an £8 million investment fraud associated with the sale of rare earth metals.
R v C
Highly publicised case in which a former model was accused of committing a £1.2 million ‘audacious’ property fraud with her mother.
R v L
Acted for a defendant accused of conspiracy to defraud Barclays of £40 million. Following successful negotiations with the Crown two months into the trial, the conspiracy charge was dropped. The defendant was given a suspended sentence for a lesser offence and was not made subject to confiscation proceedings.
R v G
Mortgage broker charged with a multi-million pound conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud involving approximately 80 properties.
R v S
VAT inspector and her husband accused of cheating the public revenue and mortgage fraud. Defendant acquitted of the majority of offences charged.
R v G
Represented one of 15 defendants accused of involvement in a £35 million international money laundering arrangement.
R v M
Director of an escrow company accused of breaching the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 by transferring approximately £10 million from MTIC fraud to third parties.
R v E
Defendant accused of laundering the proceeds of a multi-million pound advance fee fraud. The case was prosecuted following an investigation by the FBI in the United States of America.
R v A
Company director acquitted of conspiring to defraud HBOS.
R v S
Multi-million pound fine wine investment fraud.
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.
R v H
Lead counsel for the organiser of a ‘Breaking Bad’ cocaine smuggling operation which resulted in 350kgs of cocaine being imported into the UK. The drugs entered the UK on lorries operated by a sham poultry distribution company. The conspirators used sophisticated anti-detection equipment including encrypted handsets and ‘spoofer’ phone technology.
R v C
Businessman acquitted of blackmailing an employee.
R v S
Conspiracy to import in excess of 100kgs of high purity cocaine into Heathrow Airport using corrupt baggage handlers.
R v MC
Defendant acquitted of charges associated with the kidnapping and torture of two men with a stun gun and a blow torch.
R v M
19 defendants charged with the commercial supply of firearms and ammunition.
R v AM
Lead counsel for a prisoner already serving an extended sentence of imprisonment at HMP Wandsworth, accused of orchestrating the importation of machine guns and ammunition.
R v S
Defendant accused of involvement in a shooting during an armed robbery.
R v A
Lead counsel for a defendant charged with conspiracy to import over 100kgs of cocaine through a clearing agent in Heathrow. Following the discharge of the jury 5 months into the trial, an application to stay the indictment as a result of an abuse of process by the prosecution was granted.
R v CB
Lead counsel for a defendant acquitted of conspiracy to commit an arson which caused in excess of £4.5 million of damage to the M1 flyover at Apex Corner.
R v M
Successful submission of no case to answer for a man accused of conspiring to rob Graffs Diamonds of £40 million worth of jewellery.
Stan Reiz QC 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.
R v T
Defendant accused of the murder of a fellow care home resident. Following a contested fitness to be tried hearing, the court determined that he was unfit and subsequently imposed a hospital order.
R v M
Defendant charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery and possession of a firearm following the fatal shooting of a man at his home in Southport.
R v D
Defendant acquitted of murder and manslaughter following a fatal shooting at Tottenham Cemetery.
R v M
14 year old boy charged with attempted murder following a stabbing outside a London tube station.
R v F
Youth accused of attempted murder following a group attack on a bus.
R v C
Attempted murder in which the defendant who suffered from a serious psychiatric disorder, repeatedly stabbed his aunt to the neck and body without provocation.
R v O
18 year old defendant charged with the murder of a man at a house party.
R v J
Defendant accused of the murder for financial gain of his sister-in-law and arson of the family home.
R v M
Murder of a man with scissors in the car park of a public house.
R v V
Conspiracy to murder a man in an attempted ‘honour killing’ using sulphuric acid.
Stan Reiz QC 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 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 QC 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.
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.
Mr Reiz 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 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.