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David Reid

David Reid

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David Reid is recognised for his expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

A respected practitioner whose general crime practice sees him both defend and prosecute a wide range of matters. His recent work includes instruction in murder cases, serious sexual offences and drug-related crimes.
Strengths: "The right man for a very serious case." 

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

A Winchester-based criminal advocate who both defends and prosecutes in cases concerning murder, conspiracy to defraud and serious sexual offences. 

Strengths: "He has a pleasant manner and a smooth, understanding advocacy style."
Recent work: Acted as lead prosecution junior in a high-value Ponzi fraud.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

Crime - Western Bar - Band 1 Set

David Reid - Has extensive experience across the full breadth of serious crime work. His caseload regularly includes cases relating to homicides, serious sexual offences and GBH.
Expertise: "He has a great presence in court." "He grasps the technical aspects of the case very quickly."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted in a multimillion-pound Ponzi fraud and throughout the subsequent confiscation proceedings.

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014.

Crime - Western Circuit

David Reid both advises and appears in a wide range of criminal cases, including those concerning serious sexual assaults, murder and GBH. His masterful handling of witnesses makes him a favourite for cases involving vulnerable individuals, such as minors.
Expertise: “He is a very safe pair of hands and has a charming personality. He is often the best choice when trying to get good evidence out of vulnerable people. He is very thorough in his preparation.”

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David Reid is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit
Crime – Leading juniors
David Reid - He has a terrific work ethic and is extremely bright.

David Reid is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit
Crime – Leading juniors
David Reid - He prosecutes and defends, and has particular experience in representing defendants with learning difficulties

David Reid is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for his expertise in the Western Circuit
3PB’s David Reid - “Experienced in a range of serious cases, including sexual offences, murder, fraud and money laundering.”

David Reid is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2013/14 for his expertise in the Western Circuit for his Crime expertise at the Bar. "3PB’s David Reid ‘stands out’."


Crime

David Reid is a criminal law specialist based in Winchester. As a prosecutor he undertakes all types of work, and had been instructed in cases involving murder, conspiracy to defraud and serious sexual offences. His defence practice involves a similarly wide range of work. Recent instructions have included cases involving multiple counts of historic sexual abuse, conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and money laundering, and serious violence. He has also regularly represented defendants with severe learning difficulties and psychiatric disorders.

Recent prosecution cases of note

R v Bible – murder

R v Smyth – murder

R v Brooks and others (“Operation Crossbow”) – multi-handed historic sexual abuse; two defendants found unfit to stand trial; successful appeal of judge’s preparatory ruling which enabled trial of issue of main defendant (who was unfit) to be dealt with by same jury trying other defendants

R v Simon-Michael - advanced fee fraud; multiple victims worldwide induced to invest many millions of pounds in non-existent projects or to help others; complicated banking trail existed with many transfers and withdrawals; accounts used worldwide; foreign enquiries particularly in Africa; lengthy confiscation hearings - hidden assets found to exist

R v White and others – multi-indictment, multi-handed conspiracy to defraud at H.M. Naval Base, Portsmouth

R v Storey and others – multi-handed GBH with intent

R v D’Arcy and others – conspiracy to burgle

Recent defence cases of note

R v Smith and others – multi-handed conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and money laundering

R v Howarth – defendant with severe psychiatric disorder charged with serious sexual offence

R v Wright – defendant with severe learning difficulties charged with sexual offences against a child

R v Burton – successful appeal out of time, citing fresh evidence. Subsequent retrial on counts alleging anal rape and serious sexual assaults on a child

R v Wallace – defendant charged with sexual offences against 5 children from his extended family

R v Chivers – autistic 16 year old charged with GBH with intent

R v White and others – multi-handed violent disorder

R v Kennett – defences of self-defence and necessity successfully run in tandem on trial for causing GBH with intent (using car as weapon) and dangerous driving

Notable Cases

R v Bible - murder

R v Brooks and others ('Operation Crossbow') - multi-handed historic sexual abuse;
two defendants found unfit to stand trial; successful appeal of judge's preparatory ruling which enabled trial of issue of main defendant (who was unfit) to be dealt with by same jury trying other defendants

R v Burton -
successful appeal out of time, citing fresh evidence. Subsequent retrial on counts alleging anal rape and serious sexual assaults on a child

R v Chivers -
autistic 16 year old charged with GBH with intent

R v D'Arcy and others - conspiracy to burgle

R v Howarth -
defendant with severe psychiatric disorder charged with serious sexual offence

R v Kennett -
defences of self-defence and necessity successfully run in tandem on trial for causing GBH with intent (using car as weapon) and dangerous driving

R v Simon-Michael - advanced fee fraud;
multiple victims worldwide induced to invest many millions of pounds in non-existent projects or to help others; complicated banking trail existed with many transfers and withdrawals; accounts used worldwide; foreign enquiries particularly in Africa; lengthy confiscation hearings - hidden assets found to exist

R v Smith and others -
multi-handed conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and money laundering

R v Smyth - murder

R v Storey and others - multi-handed GBH with intent

R v Wallace -
defendant charged with sexual offences against 5 children from his extended family

R v White and others - multi-indictment,
multi-handed conspiracy to defraud at H.M. Naval Base, Portsmouth

R v White and others -
multi-handed violent disorder

R v Wright -
defendant with severe learning difficulties charged with sexual offences against a child

See also

Practice Groups

  • Crime

Areas of Expertise

  • Crime

News

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Academic Qualifications

BA(Hons) (Oxon)

Professional Bodies

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit