Matthew is a robust and persuasive advocate, who brings a forensic approach to cases. His skill, tactical acumen and judgement have helped him develop a successful and diverse practice. He has significant experience in representing vulnerable clients and handling vulnerable witnesses.
Matthew defends and is also regularly instructed to represent the Crown Prosecution Service. He is on the CPS Advocate Panel (General Crime) at Level 3 and the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel at Level 3.
Inquiries & Appellate Work
Fraud & Corporate CrimeOrganised CrimeSerious & Violent CrimeSexual OffencesRoad TrafficProceeds of Crime (POCA)
Matthew is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in cases of fraud and financial crime.
- R v X and others (2020 – ongoing) Multi-million-pound money laundering, fraud and conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration. Prosecuting five defendants, set for trial in 2021.
- R v K, A & B (2018) International money laundering, perverting the course of justice. Prosecuted three defendants, one of whom was an accountant, in relation to the attempted smuggling of £320k in cash out of the country and subsequent efforts to deceive the authorities as to its origin. At trial, the defendants claimed that the money comprised charitable donations destined for Kurdish refugees in Syria.
- R v G & C (2017) Defended a man charged with fraudulently evading of over £400k of duty on imported tobacco, and laundering £200k in cash.
- R v J (2017) Prosecuted a sophisticated £130k breach of trust fraud committed by a bank employee on the bank’s customers
- R v W (2017) Prosecuted a man charged with repeatedly defrauding the customers of his vehicle renovation business. The defendant pleaded guilty the day before the trial was due to start.
- R v F and W (2016) Defended a woman accused of receiving housing benefit of over £30k for a house which she legally owned.
- R v D and others (2016) Defended a man charged in a national conspiracy to commit fraud by using cloned fuel cards.
- R v H (2015) Defended a man charged with defrauding a dying friend of £30k.
Matthew is increasingly being instructed in cases involving organised crime, and is instructed by the CPS’s Complex Casework Unit
- R v X and others (2020 – ongoing) Conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life. Junior prosecution counsel (led by Ken Millett) in seven-handed prosecution of North London gang.
- Operation Cedar (2019-2020) Conspiracy to burgle and steal. Leading prosecution counsel (leading Joseph Bird) in a ten-handed, million pound conspiracy to steal and burgle, concerning a highly organised and professional crime group responsible for numerous ATM thefts and millennium burglaries. Complex cell-site, vehicle identification and ANPR evidence presented at trial.
- R v X and others (2020 – ongoing) Drugs conspiracy. Junior prosecution counsel (led by Edward Renvoize) in a ten-handed drugs conspiracy operating in Ipswich and North Essex.
- R v X and others (2019 – ongoing) Prosecution counsel in relation to a nine-handed, multinational industrial scale cannabis farm.
- R v A and others (2019 – ongoing) High-value targeted robberies. Prosecution counsel in three-handed case in which individuals were targeted, tracked long distances and attacked by an organised group of robbers who took expensive watches worth tens of thousands of pounds each.
- Operation Pibera (2019) Human trafficking. Junior prosecution counsel (led by Kate Bex QC). The case represented the first time that County Lines drug dealers were convicted at trial for trafficking young and vulnerable runners to deal drugs. Complex issues of law and cell-site evidence arose at trial.
- R v P (2018)Drug smuggling. Prosecuted a man caught smuggling £1.5 million of crystal meth into the UK (instructed by CPS CCU case).
- R v S (2018) Conspiracy to breach immigration law and perverting the course of justice. Prosecuted defendant who conspired with others to arrange a sham marriage and maintain that fiction to the authorities; woman he married was a victim of human trafficking and modern slavery.
- Operation Dryad (2016) Child sexual exploitation. Junior prosecution counsel (led by Christopher Paxton in a 9-week trial of five defendants charged with rape, sexual activity with children and prostitution.
- Operation Dryad (2016) Drugs conspiracy. Junior prosecution counsel (led by Chistopher Paxton in a multi-handed 4-week trial concerning conspiracy to supply class B drugs by an Iranian gang.
Matthew has substantial experience of both defending and prosecuting cases of violent crime and crime generally.
- R v A and C (2019-2020) Aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, robbery. Prosecution of two men who chased after a farmer with a shotgun, and tried to force their way into a house whilst brandishing the shotgun before firing it into the house. One of the defendants also committed a car-jacking. Defendants received 15 and 12-year extended sentences respectively.
- R v X and others (2020 – ongoing) Prosecution of three-handed allegation of kidnapping.
- R v C (2019) Administering a stupefying drug with intent, false imprisonment, attempted child abduction. Prosecution of a man who had entered the home of his estranged wife, taped her to a chair, threatened her with an imitation firearm, poisoned her and then took their five-year old daughter. The daughter gave evidence at trial. Defendant sentenced to 18-year extended sentence.
- R v A (2019) Attempted murder. Prosecution of a man accused of the attempted murder of two prison guards.
- R v L (2018) Defence of a man accused of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The weapon was discharged in dangerous circumstances.
- R v T (2018) Planned knifepoint robbery with serious injuries. Prosecution of a man who had set up an ambush robbery on an acquaintance. The acquaintance was repeatedly stabbed and left with life-changing injuries. Jogee principles were squarely engaged.
- R v M (2017) Robberies of convenience stores. Prosecuted a man who had committed robberies on two convenience stores in Ipswich.
- R v H and R (2017) Attempted Murder. Junior prosecution counsel (led by Gerard Pounder, now HHJ Pounder); defendants charged with attempting to murder three men in a car during a high-speed pursuit.
- R v H (2017) Perverting the course of justice. Defended a woman charged with falsely accusing her neighbour of assaulting her. A successful submission of no case was made.
- R v M (2017) Serious domestic burglary. Defended a man charged with burgling the home of his ex-partner whilst she and her children were present.
Matthew is increasingly being instructed in cases involving sexual offences:
- R v R (2019) Attempted sexual communication with a child. Prosecution of defendant who attempted to engage children in sexual communication online.
- R v D (2018) Multiple sexual assault. Prosecution of the manager of a bar/restaurant who had sexually assaulted young male workers.
- R v K (2018) Child sexual exploitation. Junior prosecution counsel (led by Christopher Paxton) in the prosecution a man accused of a series of rapes, sexual assaults and robberies against strangers, on a single morning in Norwich City Centre. The defendant received a life sentence after he was convicted at trial.
- R v B (2018) Sexual assault. Prosecuted a man accused of sexually assaulting an ex-partner in her own home.
- R v G (2017) Sexual assault. Prosecuted a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her own home.
- Operation Dryad (2016) Child sexual exploitation. Junior prosecution counsel (led by Chistopher Paxton) in a 9 week trial of five defendants charged with rape, sexual activity with children and prostitution.
Matthew is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute complex private road traffic matters. He has extensive experience in making and resisting special reasons arguments and making arguments for exceptional hardship.
- R v T (2020) Successful appeal to the Crown Court of a man accused of no insurance.
- R v M (2017) Successfully defended man accused of careless driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
- R v T (2015) Prosecuted causing bodily harm by wilful misconduct when in charge of a vehicle: driving a lorry at high speed the wrong way around a one-way system on private land and running someone over causing horrific injuries. Successfully resisted an application to dismiss on the interpretation of the words ‘wilful misconduct’, whereupon the defendant pleaded guilty.
- C v DPP (2013) Presented a successful special reasons argument on appeal (the appellant only drove whilst over the limit because he had been assaulted, and was in fear of further assault). 3year ban imposed below avoided and licence retained.
- C v DPP (2012) Successfully resisted a drink driving appeal based on back calculation supported by UK’s leading expert on alcohol consumption and absorption.
- R v C (2010) Defended a school bus driver (also a local councillor) of driving carelessly and causing injury to schoolchildren passengers: successful submission of no case.
Matthew has substantial experience in conducting confiscation proceedings on behalf of both prosecution and defence. He recently successfully prosecuted a complex confiscation application under the old Criminal Justice Act 1988 legislation.
Publications, Lectures and Training
- R v Loveday (2016) Successful appeal against sentence arguing misapplication of the sentencing guidelines: sentence reduced from 12 to 6 months imprisonment.
- R v Evans  EWCA Crim 871 Represented the appellant where his sentence was reduced from 16 to 10 months imprisonment.
- Taffs v Chelmsford Crown Court  EWHC 899 (Admin) Represented the prosecutor in a judicial review challenging the Crown Court’s reasoning in dismissing the Claimant’s appeal.
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