Kristiina Reed, BA Hons 1st Class, LLM with Merit; joined chambers in January 2015 following successful completion of pupillage with 6 Pump Court.
She has a mixed common law practice with particular expertise in criminal litigation, regulatory crime and family law proceedings.
Kristiina has substantial expertise in serious and complex criminal and regulatory litigation despite her recent call date, due to her previous practice as a solicitor in a niche white collar West End practice.
She regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ courts where she is instructed by prosecuting authorities and defendants alike. She has defended in cases involving sexual offences, fraud and dishonesty offences, serious violence, drug-related offences, public order and road traffic offences; and Kristiina is also rapidly building a successful family law practice incorporating matrimonial and private and public law children act proceedings.
Kristiina is instructed in private law children act proceedings and has represented clients in complex fact-finding hearings with considerable success. Kristiina has represented applicants and respondents in injunction proceedings pursuant to Part IV Family Law Act 1996.
Kristiina also has a specialist interest in forensic DNA and is developing a niche practice as a lawyer with expertise in DNA evidence and expert witness testimony.
She is a member of the ‘Euroforgen Network of Excellence’, a European Commission Security Council funded research project concerning the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks for emerging uses of forensic DNA evidence.
She is a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and is on occasions invited by the society to give lectures on courtroom procedure and expert testimony.She is a visiting lecturer at Kings College London and teaches the undergraduate BSc module in forensic genetics – ‘Introduction to the English legal system and ethical issues of the use of forensic bio-information’ and the postgraduate MSc module in forensic science – ‘Expert testimony in court’.