Paul Reid


Paul has vast experience in crime and in all aspects of the common law including personal injury, contract, sale of goods, child care and professional negligence.   He now practises in serious crime, regulatory work and general common law with a well known speciality reflected in his co-authorship of Ashton and Reid on the Law of Clubs and Associations (2011) .

He has appeared in all divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.  He is a CPS grade 4 and RASSO prosecutor and has appeared in many high profile criminal trials, both defending and prosecuting.  He led for the prosecution in R v Johnson and others [2009] EWCA Crim 649, an investigation that spanned five police forces and involved a conspiracy to burgle stately homes in which an estimated £50 million worth of antiques were stolen.  The case gave rise to two BBC documentaries.  He appeared as junior Counsel in the House of Lords in a child care case, Re D (A minor) v Berkshire County Council [1987] AC 317, and as Prosecution Counsel in the Crown Court and Court of  Appeal and junior Counsel in the House of Lords in the “stalking” case; (“Britain’s most notorious stalker”), which was to a certain extent responsible for the passing of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and which is the leading case on inflicting grievous bodily harm without the use of violence: R v Burstow [1998] AC 147.

He has conducted many murder trials on the Midland and North Eastern Circuits as sole or leading counsel, and is involved at present in several multi-million pound fraud cases.  He has been involved in criminal and disciplinary proceedings in relation to police officers, and doctors in proceedings brought by the General Medical Council, and he was recently involved in the prosecution of a doctor charged with the gross negligence manslaughter of two patients.

He is registered for Direct (Public) Access and in the last year has been asked for advice from clubs in Singapore and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Recent Cases

R v Hayley Brown (2013) leading junior in multi-million pound Turkish property fraud

R v Christie and Jessop (2013) multi-million pound Greek property fraud

R v Linley (2013) rape of ex-girlfriend involving little used common law iteright to call evidence of bad character of complainant

R v Smith (Anthony) (2012). Series of armed cash-in-transit robberies.

R v Mackey (2012) Sheffield Crown Court prosecution of property fraud

R v Yeung (2012) Bradford Crown Court prosecution of cannabis farm organiser.

R v Kokkarne (2012) Leeds Crown Court prosecution of a doctor charged with gross negligence manslaughter of a patient.

R v Massey (1999) Crown Court and Court of Appeal. The prosecution of a practising barrister for historic sexual offences.

R v Burstow (1998) AC 147. A stalking case that was partly responsible for the Protection from Harassment Act and is the leading case on inflicting grievous bodily harm without the use of violence.

R v James (1996) Crime.L.R. 650 (CA) Reading Crown Court. A murder case without a body, reported on a point relating to cautioning a suspect.

R v Shaukat Nawaz Khan (1993) unreported. Birmingham Crown Court. A fraud case brought against a former Sheriff of Nottingham.


Paul is presently instructed in three multi-million pound property fraud cases.

Paul has appeared in several murder trials in the Midlands and the North-East as leading and sole prosecuting counsel.





Practice Areas

Regulatory and Criminal Litigation


Sports Law

Club and Association Law

Print Details


Criminal Bar Association