Stan Reiz QC

Year of Call: 2001  Silk: 2020  Recorder: 2018  


Overview


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 opin-ion on whether they have grounds to appeal against their conviction and/or sentence. He recently ap-peared for the appellant in the reported case of R v Haque (Mohammed) [2020] 1 Cr App R 12; [2020] 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’s 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 acts 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 man during the course of public disorder in Reading.

Fraud


Stan Reiz QC’s practice includes defending in a wide spectrum of financial crime cases including:

  • The mis-selling of investments using ‘boiler rooms’;
  • Offences under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Services Act 2012;
  • Large scale commercial and residential mortgage fraud;
  • Tax fraud by corporate bodies and individuals;
  • Advance fee fraud;
  • International money laundering arrangements; and
  • Breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations by businesses.

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.

CASES:

  • 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.
  • R v R: Defendant acquitted of a multi-million pound fraud and associated money laundering, within the secondary event ticket sales industry.
  •  R v I: Commercial conveyancing solicitor acquitted of £19 million mortgage fraud.

Crime


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.

CASES:

  • 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.

Murder & Manslaughter


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 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.

Serious Sexual Offences


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.

CASES:

  • 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.

Appeals


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.

CASES:

  • R v Haque (Mohammed) [2020] 1 Cr App R 12; [2020] WLR (D) 49: 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 [2019] 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) [2018] EWCA Crim 480: Appeal against sentence for kidnapping.
  • R v Akhtar [2018] EWCA Crim 378: Successful appeal against sentence for a mortgage broker convicted of mortgage fraud.
  • Attorney General’s References (Nos 128 to 141 of 2015 and Nos 8 to 10 of 2016) 2 Cr.App.R.(S) 12: Acted for a Respondent in the leading case on sentencing offences of transferring firearms.
  • R v Ogden & Others [2016] 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 [2015]: Appeal against conviction based on the admission of bad character evidence.
  • R v Newell [2015]: Successful appeal against sentence in relation to offences of armed robbery and aggravated burglary.
  • R v Loveridge [2014] EWCA Crim 1209: Successful appeal against sentence in relation to a conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
  • R v Stewart [2013]: Successful appeal against sentence for drugs and firearms offences.
  • R v Jabbar [2013] EWCA Crim 801: Acted as led junior in an appeal against conviction for murder based on the admission of hearsay evidence.
  • R v CB [2012]: Prosecution appeal against a successful submission of no case to answer.
  • R v Marsh [2012] EWCA Crim 3190: Application of Sentencing Guidelines for offences of wounding.
  • R v Bashier [2009] EWCA Crim 2003: £1 million conspiracy to produce cannabis; Appeal against conviction and sentence.
  • R v Kennedy [2009] EWCA Crim 346: Successful appeal against sentence.
  • R v Scilimati [2008] EWCA 3247: Appeal against sentence for a conspiracy to burgle in excess of 90 properties
  • R v Howard [2008] EWCA 1748: Appeal against sentence for a conspiracy to rob.
  • R v R [2008] EWCA 265: Application for leave to appeal against sentence for false imprisonment.
  • R v Phillips [2008] EWCA 500 (appeared for the Respondent): Drug importation.
  • R v Bees [2007] EWCA 3438: Appeal against the imposition of detention for public protection for conspiracy to rob and two counts of wounding with intent.
  • R v Armstrong [2007] EWCA Crim 57: Appeal against conviction and sentence in a historical rape case. Both appeals allowed to an extent.
  • R v Osobu [2006] EWCA Crim 2369: Appeal against sentence for money laundering.

 

Regulatory


Cases:

  • 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

 

Health & Safety


Cases:

  • O Ltd: Advised a catering company being investigated for health and safety breaches at their principal business premises.

Sports Law


CASES:

  • 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.

Confiscation


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.

CASES:

  • 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.

Judicial Review


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.

International


Re K: 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.

Directory Quotes


Legal 500 (2021)
2020 Silks in Fraud: Crime
“He is one of the most formidable advocates out there. He is well respected and when he speaks in the courtroom everyone listens. He is very persuasive. His knowledge of the law is extraordinary and his client care magnificent. He works tirelessly to achieve the best results for his client.”

Legal 500 (2021)
2020 Silks in Crime (General)
“Stan is an amazing and underrated talent. A very smooth advocate.”

Chambers & Partners (2021)
New Silks in Financial Crime
“Possesses notable expertise in cases concerning allegations of money laundering and fraud. He earns praise both for his ability to handle highly detailed cases and for his calm manner in court. He is very level-headed and meticulous. He is a very experienced and sought-after trial advocate. Stan works tirelessly for his clients to find the right solution.”

Chambers & Partners (2021)
New Silks in Crime
“A noteworthy new silk who routinely acts in organised crime cases involving drugs importation. His practice also includes murder and manslaughter cases amidst the usual diet of general criminal work. A calm and charismatic counsel who has a strong work ethic and a fantastic manner with clients.”

Chambers & Partners (2020)

Silks (QC) in Financial Crime

Possesses notable expertise in cases concerning allegations of money laundering and fraud. He earns praise both for his ability to handle highly detailed cases and for his calm manner in court. Utterly unflappable and always entirely on top of his papers. He’s meticulously thorough and very good with clients. Stan radiates confidence and he’s the kind of person judges listen to as he’s all over the facts in a case.” 

Legal 500 (2020)

Fraud

“He exudes calm confidence, assuredly navigating cases through sometimes choppy waters.

Legal 500 (2020)

Crime (General)

“He has the rare ability to never be fazed by the hurdles faced in a criminal trial.

Legal 500 (2019)
Leading Junior in Fraud
“He has the intellect and ability to go shoulder to shoulder with anyone out there.”

Legal 500 (2019)
Leading Junior in Crime (General)
“He has a pleasant and charming manner both in the courtroom and with clients.”

Legal 500 (2018)
Leading Junior in Fraud
“An experienced defence practitioner.”

Legal 500 (2017)
Leading Junior in Fraud
“His practice straddles drugs and fraud.”

 

 

Memberships


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Appointed to the National County Football Association Discipline Panel (2019)