Stan Reiz QC

Year of Call: 2001  Silk: 2020  Recorder: 2018  


Stan Reiz is regularly instructed to defend in cases involving allegations of serious crime and complex fraud, both as lead counsel and on his own.

He is ranked as a Leading Junior in Financial Crime in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, and  in Band 1 for Crime in the 2020 edition of Legal 500

Stan is an experienced practitioner who has successfully defended clients in an array of high profile cases including the Graffs £40 million jewellery robbery and the M1 arson. He recently led for a defendant charged in connection with an investment fraud associated with the payday loans market, he appeared as lead counsel for the first defendant in a large scale ‘boiler room’ fraud involving the sale of rare earth metals, as lead counsel represented a defendant accused of importing 365kgs of cocaine through a sham poultry distribution company, represented a doctor in an FCA prosecution under the Financial Services Act 2012, and acted for a defendant accused of conspiring to import £32 million of cocaine using corrupt baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport.

Stan has advised and represented clients who are in the public eye such as substantial companies, athletes and those involved in the music industry.


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

  • The mis-selling of investments charged as conspiracy to defraud or offences under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Services Act 2012;
  • Large scale commercial or residential mortgage fraud;
  • Tax fraud;
  • Advance fee fraud; and
  • 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.


  • R v M (2019): Lead counsel for Defendant accused of marketing a fraudulent payday loans in-vestment scheme.
  • R v C (2019): Represented a defendant alleged to have operated a £15 million money laundering scheme. The defendant was alleged to be a shadow director and trustee of numerous Jewish charities which were used as a front to launder the proceeds of the online sale of counterfeit and unlicensed medication.
  • R v S (2018): Defendant acquitted of being concerned in the evasion of £3.4 million of duty evaded through an alcohol diversion fraud.
  • R v D (2018): Defendant was a director of a consumer goods company selling online. He was acquitted of fraudulently evading VAT, corporation tax and fraud.
  • R v M (2017): Accountant accused of £5 million debt collection fraud on high net worth associates.
  • FCA v M (2017): Company director and practicing doctor prosecuted by the FCA for the alleged mis-selling of shares in a primary healthcare company operating in Dubai.
  • R v S (2017): Lead Counsel for the first defendant accused of orchestrating an £8 million investment fraud relating to the sale of rare earth metals, and using ‘boiler rooms’ to sell the investments.
  • R v C (2017): Highly publicised case in which the defendant was accused of encouraging her mother to change her name by deed poll to commit a £1.2 million ‘audacious’ property fraud.
  • R v L (2016): Successfully represented one of 15 defendants against an allegation of conspiracy to defraud a mortgage lender of £40 million pertaining to the purchase of commercial properties.
  • R v G (2016): Represented a mortgage advisor who was one of 12 defendants accused of complicity in a multi-million pound conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud involving approximately 80 properties.
  • DBIS v C (2016): Represented defendant charged with breaching a director’s disqualification order.
  • R v S (2015): Lead Counsel in a case brought by HMRC against a VAT inspector and her husband ac-cused of cheating the public revenue and mortgage fraud. Defendant acquitted of 7 of the 9 mortgage fraud counts he faced.
  • R v I (2014): Successfully defended one of 11 defendants charged with money laundering designed to thwart confiscation proceedings.
  • R v G (2014): Company director who was one of 15 defendants accused of being involved in a £35 million international money laundering arrangement.
  •  R v M (2014): Represented a director of an escrow company who was accused of breaching the Mon-ey Laundering Regulations 2007 by transferring client money amounting to approximately £10 mil-lion, which was alleged to have been obtained from MTIC fraud.
  • R v E (2014): Alleged money launderer of a multi-million pound advance fee fraud involving victims in the United States of America.
  • R v A (2013): Successfully represented a company director who was cleared of conspiring to defraud HBOS.
  • R v S (2013): Defendant accused of two multi-million pound fine wine investment frauds, which in-volved the use of ‘boiler rooms’ to sell investments.
  • R v R (2013): Represented the only acquitted defendant in a multi-million pound ticketing fraud and associated money-laundering.
  • R v B (2012): Successfully represented a dentist accused of conspiring to defraud the NHS. The charge was stayed after a successful argument that the proceedings were an abuse of process.
  • R v I (2009): Successfully represented a solicitor accused of complicity in a mortgage fraud concern-ing a £19 million property deal.


Stan regularly acts for defendants charged in large scale drugs conspiracies, and other organised crime such as armed robbery. He has considerable experience in representing clients accused of serious assault and offences involving the use and distribution of firearms with intent to endanger life.


  • R v H (2019): Lead Counsel for Defendant who pleaded guilty to organising a substantial cocaine smuggling operating which resulted in at least 365kgs of high purity cocaine being imported into the UK. The illicit enterprise used a sham poultry distribution company and sophisticated anti-detection equipment to attempt to conceal its activities from law enforcement.
  • R v C (2018): Successfully defended businessman alleged to have blackmailed one of his employees.
  • R v S (2018): Defendant accused of conspiring to import in excess of 100kgs of high purity co-caine into Heathrow Airport by using corrupt baggage handlers.
  • R v MC (2017): Successfully defended a man charged with kidnapping and possession of a stun gun.
  • R v G (2016): Represented a defendant found in possession of a machine gun and ammunition who was already on life licence for murder.
  • R v M (2015): Represented one of 19 defendants charged with offences arising from the commercial supply of firearms.
  • R v JF (2015): Acted for a defendant accused of wounding with intent following a group attack on a male who nearly died.
  • R v AM (2015): Lead Counsel for a defendant who orchestrated the importation of machine guns from HMP Wandsworth whilst serving an extend sentence of imprisonment.
  • R v S (2014): Represented a defendant accused of participating in an armed robbery during which the victim was shot.
  • R v A (2013): Lead Counsel for a defendant charged with conspiring to import over £32 million worth of cocaine through a clearing agents in Heathrow. Successfully argued that the indictment should be stayed as a result of an abuse of process following a 5 month trial which was aborted at the close of the Prosecution case.
  • R v CB (2012): 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 (2010): Successfully defended a client accused of conspiring to rob Graffs Diamonds of £40 million worth of jewellery following a successful submission of no case to answer.
  • R v O (2009): Acted for a defendant acquitted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a community support officer who had previously given evidence against him, by driving over him with a car.
  • R v R (2009): Acted for a prison officer at Inner London Crown Court charged with misconduct in public office and conspiracy to supply controlled drugs to prisoners.
  • R v G (2009): Represented a defendant who was acquitted of offences arising out of the kidnapping of a young male.
  • R v H (2008): Lead Counsel for the first defendant charged with a conspiracy to rob encompassing 27 ‘carjackings’.
  • R v L (2008): Represented a defendant charged with the kidnapping and torture of a 14 year old boy as a result of a dispute between rival gangs.
  • R v B (2007): Acted for a 16 year old defendant in the ‘KG Tribe’ case. The defendant was alleged to have been a member of a ‘steaming’ gang responsible for 36 robberies on the underground and numerous stabbings of victims.
  • R v W (2006): Represented an uncle of a former England international footballer, charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office by corrupting a police officer to obtain information about an informant.

Murder & Manslaughter


  • R v D (2019): Successfully represented a defendant acquitted of murder and manslaughter follow-ing a fatal shooting at Tottenham Cemetery.
  • R v M (2018): 14 year old boy charged with attempted murder following a stabbing outside a London
    tube station.
  • R v F (2016): Represented a youth accused of attempted murder following a group attack on a bus.
  • R v C (2015): Represented a defendant charged with the attempted murder of his aunt. He was accused of repeatedly stabbing her to the neck and body without any provocation.
  • R v O (2012): Represented a defendant charged with murder. The issue was whether he could have formed a specific intent whilst heavily intoxicated.
  • R v J (2012): Represented a defendant charged with the murder of his sister-in-law. The Crown’s case was that he killed her and then set fire to the family home to conceal the offence in order to claim a £1 million life assurance payout with her husband.
  • R v M (2011): Murder of a man in the car park of a public house.
  • R v V (2010): Conspiracy to murder a man in an attempted ‘honour killing’ using sulphuric acid.

Serious Sexual Offences

Stan has represented clients accused of all manner of sexual offences including offences against adults and 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 (2016): Represented a University Professor accused of serious sexual offences including attempted rape, against his best friend’s 8 year old daughter.
  • R v JS (2015): Acted for a defendant alleged to have attacked one woman in a park and whilst on bail for that offence, raped a prostitute.
  • R v (2012): ‘Archbishop’ and television personality alleged to have committed serious sexual offences against devout parishioners he promised to ‘heal’.
  • R v H (2011): Represented a young defendant accused of attempting to rape his roommate’s friend when she was incapable of consenting due to intoxication.
  • R v G (2009): 16 year old defendant acquitted of 6 counts of rape at knifepoint and one count of sexual activity with a child.
  • R v S (2007): Acted for a defendant acquitted of rape.
  • R v A (2006): Defendant accused of historic rape and indecent assault of a young girl.
  • R v O (2005): ‘Mayfair Madam’ case involving an allegation of controlling prostitution and earning at least £2.1 million pounds from criminal conduct.


Stan regularly advises on whether there are grounds to appeal against conviction and/or sentence when he was not instructed at trial. He has successfully represented such clients, as well as those he represented at first instance in the Court of Appeal in the numerous appeals he has been involved in.


  • R v Haque (Mohammed) [2019] EWCA Crim 1028: Instructed in the appeal for a defendant convict-ed of Acquiring Criminal Property. The Court of Appeal accepted that the prosecution had erred and charged the Appellant with the wrong offence as a matter of law. Consequently, they had no choice but to quash the conviction.
  • 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:
  • 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.




  • WMP v MM Ltd (2019): Represented a company in an application for a Closure Order.
  • SC v P. H. S. Ltd (2016): Acted for the company in a trading standards prosecution arising out of sales of prohibited cosmetics.
  • HC v P. R. Ltd (2015): 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 (2015): Acted for the company in a trading standards prosecution


Health & Safety


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

Sports Law


  • R v Colin Kazi-Richards (2014): Acted for a Blackburn Rovers player charged with 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 has advised and represented clients facing applications for confiscation orders for all types of financial crime. He has successfully argued disproportionality based on R v Waya principles, and with the assistance of expert forensic accountants, successfully challenged Prosecution calculations for both benefit and available amount in applications for multi-million pound orders.


  • FCA v M (2019): Defended in complex confiscation proceedings arising from the prosecution of a company director under the Financial Services Act for the miss-selling of shares in a primary healthcare company.
  • R v CS (2018): £3.6 million order sought by the Prosecution reduced to £14,000 following representations as to the law and fact.
  • R v MS (2018): Crown’s asserted benefit from criminal conduct of £3.7 million reduced to £266,000 following written submissions being made on apportionment of benefit.
  • R v S (2017): £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 (2016): £10 million order sought by the Prosecution reduced to £29,000 following representations on the relevant law.
  • SFO v W (2015): Successful applications to reduce two confiscation orders to nil under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 due to inadequacy. The argument concerned Spanish property and contract law.
  • R v W (2015): Crown’s assessment of benefit and available amount rejected following a contested hearing.
  • FSA v AL (2012): Confiscation proceedings for an offence of insider trading resolved following negotiation.
  • R v B (2009): £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 [2017]: Representing a religious organisation who assert that the Home Secretary’s decision to refuse them a Home Office Controlled Drug Licence violates their Article 9 rights to practice their religion.


Re K (2016/17): Advised a defendant being investigated by the DBIS for breaching the Export Control Order 2008 (which regulates the international trade of arms and ammunition), as result of his alleged facilitation without a licence, of an arms deal between two foreign countries. No further action was taken against him.

Directory Quotes

Chambers & Partners (2020)
Leading Junior in Financial Crime
“A respected junior with 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 judg-es listen to as he’s all over the facts in a case.”

Legal 500 (2020)
Leading Junior in Fraud
“He exudes calm confidence, assuredly navigating cases through sometimes choppy waters.”

Legal 500 (2020)
Leading Junior in 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.”




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