Bruce Reid is one of the most experienced Magistrates Court advocates in London. A resident of Brixton long before it was fashionable, he has practised at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court for years. He has an enviable reputation for swift, pertinent and sometimes blunt advice, but it is always delivered with sympathy for the clients that he represents, with many of them returning to him.
Defending in the police station, he is pro-active, viewing a police interview as the first stage in a trial; a chance to shape the police evidence, if not refute it entirely. At Court, he believes that the secret of successful Defence advocacy is an accurate strike at the weaknesses of the Prosecution; he then presents the Defence case lucidly and with empathy, achieving results that are often far more than his client’s could hope for.
Bruce understands that many people have addiction and mental health problems that bring them to Court, but that others may need his help simply because of bad luck or a foolish mistake. He doesn’t judge any of them.