Colin Reynolds and Stephen Dawson founded Reynolds Dawson in 1982. The Practice aims to ensure clients receive a combination of the best representation possible and a dedication to client care, to minimise the stress that often surrounds both criminal and civil proceedings.
In 1994, Stephen Dawson was appointed a Stipendiary Magistrate and more recently to the Crown Court Bench. Colin Reynolds remains Senior Partner. Elizabeth Fox and Dalia Naaman are salaried partners within the Practice.
The Practice comprises three partners, three assistant solicitors and three paralegal staff.
Since firms were required to meet quality standards in relation to the grant of a franchise, with what was then the Legal Services Commission, the Practice has always either had a franchise, or as now required, had a contract with the Legal Aid Authority to ensure that it meets the requisite standard in relation to providing an efficient and comprehensive service to clients in relation to publicly funded work.
As a practice specialising exclusively in criminal law, fraud plays a major part in the work of the firm and we previously were members of the Very High Cost cases of the HCC Panel. The Practice has developed a reputation for providing a good quality service to both private and publicly funded clients in relation to a wide spectrum of criminal offences.
In 2012 and 2014 the firm was the subject of a successful audit by the LAA achieving a 2.1 SQM ranking. We have successfully undertaken a peer review and other audits by the LAA.
The Practice is instructed, and regulated, frequently by the Police Federation of England and Wales, the British Transport Police, Federation and insurers providing services to police officers in relation to off duty matters. The Practice is currently retained by way of a contract with insurers by the Home Office in relation to providing access to legal advice and assistance to the Special Constabulary on a national basis.
We remain committed to publicly funded work following all the recent developments and proposed changes that have been canvassed by the Ministry of Justice and Legal Aid Authority. The Practice having successfully applied for a own client contract under the proposed new regime, will now continue to provide advice and assistance in relation to both duty schemes at court and three police station schemes.
With seven qualified police station and accredited representatives, we are able to provide a comprehensive and efficient service to those requiring advice and assistance out of office hours who find themselves arrested and detained in police stations. We maintain a 24/7 in-house rota to ensure the provision of such cover out of office hours.
The Practice has participated in a number of high profile inquiries including the Marchioness Inquiry, Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, Victoria Climbie Inquiry and more recently the Jean Charles De Menezes Inquest. We also advised and represented PC Simon Harwood who was investigated in relation to the circumstances surrounding the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demonstration in April 2009 and was ultimately acquitted of manslaughter.
The Practice was substantially involved in relation to both Operation Elveden (payment to police officers by journalists) and “Plebgate”, the investigation into circumstances surrounding events in connection with Austin Mitchell, MP and the MPS.
We recognise the need for specialisation. If we are unable to assist you we will say so, and where possible refer you to a competent and reliable solicitor who is known to us in other areas of specialised work.
The Practice is recognised by Chambers Directory and Legal 500 as the leaders in the field for criminal law with the partners equally being commended and recognised by those quality assurance publications.