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Senior Criminal & Regulatory Barrister Joins Trinity


Paul Reid is the latest barrister to join Trinity Chambers.

Called in 1975, Paul has a diverse practice, specialising in Crime, Regulatory, Children Law and the Law of Clubs and Associations.

Paul's criminal experience is both in prosecuting and defending serious criminal cases, including drugs, fraud, rape and serious sexual offences cases, historic child abuse and murder.  Paul has led for the prosecution and defence in murder, drugs and multi-million pound fraud cases, in all cases with opposing Queen’s Counsel.  He is familiar with issues surrounding complex expert medical, including shaken baby fatality cases, and scientific evidence, and is recognised for his skill in dealing with vulnerable witnesses. Paul is a Grade 4 CPS, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences accredited prosecutor.

Paul has particular expertise in Police law, having been involved in criminal and disciplinary proceedings involving police officers, and has considerable experience of proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.  He has appeared many times in General Medical Council (GMC) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) disciplinary tribunals, including fitness to practise hearings.

After twenty years advising sports and other clubs on just about all legal matters he co-wrote, with David Ashton, the only text book on the law as it specifically relates to clubs and associations, entitled ‘Ashton and Reid on Clubs and Associations'. Paul is busy working on the third edition due to be published by Bloomsbury in February 2020.

Outside of his criminal and regulatory practice, Paul has extensive experience in a wide range of areas of litigation including personal injury, contract, professional negligence and children.  Paul has appeared in all divisions of the High Court, the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Court of Appeal, and twice in the House of Lords; in a care case (Re D (a Minor)) and a criminal case (R v Burstow). Paul became a Recorder in 2002.

Fond of cricket, Paul is a non-playing member of the historic Marylebone Cricket Club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and "the guardian of the Laws of the game".

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