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Piers Reed

Called 1974   |   Email: preed@westgate-chambers.co.uk

Area of Practice

Piers has defended for many years multi-national companies answering summonses in respect of Regulatory offences.

These cases range from Trades Descriptions Act in brochure advertisements, to Environmental Protection Act, in allowing waste spillage into rivers. He has also represented a number of companies, including Landrover, Hotpoint and Merck, Sharpe and Dohm and Volvo, in Inquests into tragic work related deaths.

He has taught advocacy for Lincoln’s Inn since 1995. He is a Grade A Trainer in Advocacy and Ethics, and a lead Tutor Trainer, training pupils, established practitioners, and the Tutors themselves, in all facets of the compulsory courses. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Continuing Education of Lincoln’s Inn and was elected a Bencher of the Inn in November 2007.

For  three years (2006-2009) he devised and run a compulsory advocacy course for final year law students at the University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

He has defended as leading junior and junior in five Very High Cost Cases alleging fraud. He has defended in lengthy murder and sexual assault cases, both as Leading Counsel and on his own. He is on the Specialist Prosecution Sexual Offences List of Counsel on the Midland Circuit.

Piers Reed is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access Services.

Notable Cases

  • R v ZEBEDEE – Northampton Crown Court – (October 2011) -successful prosecution (as sole counsel) for murder of a son who killed his father. The defence had ran diminished responsibility/loss of control.
  • R v MABSZAR -  Northampton Crown Court (August 2011) – defence counsel for the first defendant out of six in a conspiracy to rob a Cash & Carry warehouse. The client was the Manager of the business.
  • R v CULVERHOUSE - Northampton Crown Court – (July 2011) prosecution counsel in an historic family sexual offences case involving three generations of victims.
  • R v BINLEY & BINLEY – Northampton Crown Court – (January 2011) – prosecution counsel in a case involving the family of an MP who conspired to pervert public justice.
  • R v CONNORS – Luton Crown Court – (February 2010) – successful leading counsel defence in a significant conspiracy to contravene the Trades Description Act in a “Rogue Trader” fraud alleged against the Traveller community. A trial lasting some three months.
  • R v HUSSAIN – Luton Crown Court- (September 2009)- a serious international car theft conspiracy, with informant Defendant RIPA complications (4 weeks as defendant tried alone) – as leading counsel
  • R v BIRYAH – Luton Crown Court – (June 2009)- an £8 million tax fraud involving two construction industry companies over 3 years, with the money being sent overseas, and with complex POCA issues . A 6 week trial instructed as leading counsel
  • R v CAHILL - Central Criminal Court and Luton Crown Court – (April 2009) – single punch murder, instructed to act as leading counsel for the defence.
  • R v MILLER  – Wood Green Crown Court – (February 2009) – instructed to defend in a North London Youth Gang violence case that occupied the court for 7 weeks.
  • R v JOSEPH – Luton Crown Court –  (May-June 2008) instructed as leading counsel in a 6 week Money Laundering case.
  • R v BOLTON – St Albans Crown Court – (April 2008) instructed in a 7 week possession with intent to supply drugs case.
  • R v AKINYIMI – Wood Green Crown Court – (February 2008)  instructed to defend in a significant drugs conspiracy.
  • R v GODFREY – St Albans Crown Court – (September 2007) insteructed to defend in case involving  robberies and assaults
  • R v VOLVO (UK) – Harrogate – (July 2007) – instructed to appear for Volvo (UK) in an Inquest
  • R v KELLY – Luton Crown Court – (May 2007) – instructed to appear for the defendant in a murder occupying the court for 2 weeks.
  • R v BARNES  -Northampton Crown Court -(April 2007) – instructed in a large scale drugs conspiracy.
  • R v RUSKIN – Luton Crown Court – (March 2007) – instructed to defend in an historial family rape with 6 complainants. The trial lasted 3 weeks.
  • R v LANDON – Luton Crown Court – (February 2007) – instructed for the defence in a case involving numerous sexual offences


  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Member of the Northern Ireland Bar


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