Lee Reynolds

  email      029 2023 2032 

Practice Areas
Regulatory Law, Consumer Protection, Fraud, Proceeds of Crime, Environmental Law, Health and Safety, Animal Welfare, Food Safety.

Overview
Called to the bar in 2002, Lee has a considerable practice specialising in prosecuting and defending all aspects of Crime and Regulatory Law with a particular emphasis on Fraud and Trading Standards Law. He is experienced in advising local authorities on case management, preparation and prosecution.

Lee works for a very significant number of local authorities in England and Wales as well as for Natural Resources Wales, The Welsh Assembly Government, The Illegal Money Lending Unit, The Department of Work and Pensions, Scambusters and the Health and Safety Executive.

Lee has an expert knowledge of the Trade Marks Act 1994/CDPA and is regularly instructed in large cases concerning the sale and/or possession of counterfeit DVD/MP3s, clothing, medicinal products or electrical items. He is experienced at handling cases involving large scale distribution of counterfeit merchandise via auction websites and other channels and conspiracy charges involving counterfeiting.

Lee also specialises in “door step” crime whether the same be charged under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, Fraud Act 2006 or as a Conspiracy to Defraud.

Lee prosecuted Wales' largest case concerning conspiracy to sell counterfeit merchandise (Cardiff County Council v Khan and Others 2006) and the largest known “call centre” fraud to be prosecuted by Trading Standards in the United Kingdom (Operation Bugs 2013/2014).

To support his regulatory practice Lee has an expert knowledge of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to ensure continuity throughout the enforcement process when dealing with such cases. He is an expert in all aspects of Criminal Confiscation, including Restraint Orders, Confiscation Orders and the production of section 16 statements.

Lee regularly provides training to local authorities and other agencies on best practice with regard to the Fraud Act 2006, Proceeds of Crime, Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, Conspiracy, Bad Character and Hearsay, The Enterprise Act, RIPA, and Disclosure.

Lee is also experienced in representing in Large Drug and Fraud cases with a particular emphasis on MTIC fraud. He is regularly involved “Very High Costs Criminal Cases”, recent cases include Operations Reptile, Kalouchin, Pegasus, Forbear and Mimosa. Most recently being involved in Operation Bridging in Liverpool Crown Court (£180m MTIC Fraud) in which his client was acquitted.

Lee has considerable experience conducting cases under the Licensing Act 2003 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 in respect of alcohol, Private Hire and Hackney Carriage licensing. He also undertakes planning cases on a regular basis and has been engaged in public enquiries.