About Us

Rees Clayton Solicitors is a professional, proactive and forward-thinking firm whose values are entrenched throughout the firm.

We provide high quality result orientated legal services to the public. We understand the importance of our clients needs and recognise that their success is our success. We are accessible, reliable, efficient and above all committed to our clients.

We have a team of academically strong and legally skilled individuals who possess extensive experience in working for large organisations including FTSE 100 companies. Our solicitors are vastly experienced in dealing with specialised legal services. Therefore, rest assured, knowing our team will deal with your case professionally, in your best interests and with the common goal of working towards the best outcome for you on your matter. We want to help you achieve justice and we believe through hard work, diligence, co-operation and transparency, it will be done.

We ensure that we provide the finest level of client care and we take immense pride in ensuring our clients needs are met. We listen to our clients and act to make improvements if we are falling below both your and our expectations.

We represent clients across a range of legal areas including personal injury, criminal defence, motoring law and immigration.

If you require legal advice, Rees Clayton Solicitors provides a free initial consultation to assist you with your problem. All you need to do is simply call us on 01282 678067 or 0330 053 6767 or contact us online by submitting your query. Our dedicated team will be on hand to answer your query and explain to you, your options including how to fund your matter.

We understand the importance of choosing the right solicitor, therefore, this consultation will assist you in deciding whether we can provide the service for you

Staff Profiles

Vaqas Latif

Solicitor & Managing Partner

A Managing Partner since 2017 with a demonstrated history of working in the Legal Practice Industry. Vaqas leads Rees Clayton Solicitors and is also Head of the Criminal Law Department. Known for his honesty and professional ethical practice, Vaqas manages all Head of Departments and Practice Operations.

Vaqas Latif, a Criminal Defence Solicitor, has been defending clients all over England and Wales for over 10 years. Vaqas studied Law in Manchester and went on to complete his Legal Practice Course. He successfully qualified as a Solicitor in 2012. He represents clients at all levels and stages of the criminal proceedings and works tearlessly to get the result required. Vaqas is responsible for representing both legally aided and private clients nationwide, with the ability to manage expectations and yet provide an exceptionally high level of work. His knowledge of Criminal Law allows him to continually support his clients in the most effective way.  Historically, Vaqas Latif worked in major City Law Firms, including the Mary Monson Solicitors (Nationwide).

Skilled in Crime and Motoring Law, he is a Duty Solicitor who is Awarded a Criminal Litigation Accredited standard. Vaqas is a strong legal professional who believes in integrity and hard work to obtain the best results possible for clients and professionals. He has extensive experience in all criminal charges including serious crime and fraud. Vaqas’s case experience covers; fraud, assault, theft, burglary, armed robbery, drug conspiracies, kidnapping, murder/manslaughter and sexual offences. Vaqas is skilled in complex and technical motoring offences from speeding through to drink driving and effectively prepares exceptional hardship and special reason arguments as well as successfully defending road traffic cases.

Sam Smith

Criminal Consultant

Sam Smith brings to Rees Clayton Solicitors years of Criminal Law Defence expertise. A Criminal Consultant, Sam Smith often deals with matters pertaining to Police Station Interviews and general Criminal Defence. She completed her GDPL and Legal Practice Course before working with various reputable Criminal Defence Law Firms. Having had over 10 years of industry experience at City Law Firms, Sam has garnered a strong reputation which makes her indispensable to the Criminal Law Department. Her key specialism is Crime and Road Traffic Offences, representing clients nationwide.

What do her clients say: “Very professional, hard-working and honest, Sam Smith helped me through what felt like being between a rock and a hard place. Throughout this experience, Sam kept me in the loop which helped me immensely!”

Sam’s case experience covers; fraud, assault, theft, burglary, armed robbery, drug conspiracies, murder/manslaughter and sexual offences as well as road traffic matters, making her a fantastic support to clients who need real criminal defence representation.

Ali Choudhry

Solicitor – Civil Law

Joining Rees Clayton Solicitors in 2017, Ali Choudhry leads the Civil Litigation and Personal Injury department. Areas of expertise include medical and clinical negligence, road traffic accidents, serious injury and military accidents.

Following the completion of the Legal Practice Course from Manchester University in 2009, Ali Choudhry went onto work for various major law firms nationwide and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014. His experience includes working for Nicholas and Carter Solicitors (Manchester) and Malik and Malik Solicitors (London). He has obtained a broad range of experience covering Civil Law and Personal Injury Law in both litigated and pre-litigated matters. Ali is regularly instructed on high-value cases due to his in-depth knowledge and client satisfaction. Due to his relentless efforts to produce results, Ali Choudhry is widely sought after by clients throughout England and Wales. His aim is simple; obtain the best outcome for the client.

Ali Choudhry spearheads community cohesion and pays particular attention to areas surrounding Manchester. He also leads our firms charity football team and helps to mentor new starters in the Manchester Office.

Sara Kiran

Solicitor – Civil Law

Sara is a Civil Litigation Solicitor who joined the Rees Clayton Personal Injury Department in February 2018. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and has been working in the profession for over 10 years gaining strong ground level experience to help her tirelessly fight her clients’ cases. Sara read Law at the Manchester Metropolitan University qualifying with an Honours Degree in Law. She then went onto completing her Legal Practice Course at the world-renowned BPP University Law School in Manchester.

Following the completion of her studies, Sara worked for a number of law firms where she gained valuable experience in the civil sector, including litigated and pre-litigated matters.

Sara is result driven and always demonstrates professionalism in all her dealings with clients whilst trying to achieve the best possible outcome for them.

Anitha Gopal

Senior Immigration Caseworker

Anitha joined Rees Clayton Solicitors in July 2018 and has successfully qualified as a Level 2 senior caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS).

Prior to joining us Anitha had a successful career working in the higher education sector, Senior Immigration Caseworker at Lupins Solicitors and also as a legal researcher at Matrix Chambers.

Anitha has a burning desire to help others and has assisted many vulnerable clients. With her background in higher education, Anitha has worked with Colleges assisting with their Tier 4 sponsor licences and has acted for many individuals studying in the UK under Tier 4. Anitha also specialises in EEA applications and family migration including applications under Appendix FM of the immigration rules, Tier 4 and EEA applications. She has a great success rate and her client’s often leave great feedback.

Throughout her experience in the field of immigration, Anitha assisted clients both under legal aid and on a private basis under supervision.

Jamal R Ali

Business Development Manager

Jamal joined Rees Clayton Solicitors from the very beginning. He brings to Rees Clayton a wide range of experience from working for companies in the City of London to smaller niche practices in Birmingham and Sheffield. He has previously worked as Head of Business Development at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and his work history includes working with the likes of Nabarro LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and other FTSE 100 companies.

He brings a breadth of legal experience having graduated in Law from The City Law School, (City, University of London) and then going on to study the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury. Jamal has worked in both Legal Practice and Chambers giving him a more complete understanding of legal business. Today he sits on the Board of Directors at the Brent Community Law Centre and leads business development and nationwide growth at Rees Clayton Solicitors.

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