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 at Level 3.
Inquiries & Appellate Work
Fraud & Corporate CrimeOrganised CrimeGeneral & Violent CrimeSexual OffencesRoad TrafficProceeds of Crime (POCA)
Matthew is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in cases of fraud and financial crime.
- R v G & C (2017) Defended a man accused of fraudulently evading over £400k of duty on imported tobacco, and laundering just under £200k in cash. He was acquitted of the more serious, fraudulent evasion charge.
- R v J (2017) Successfully prosecuted a sophisticated £130k breach of trust fraud committed by a bank employee.
- 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) Successfully defended a woman accused of receiving housing benefit of over £30k for a house which she legally owned.
- R v D and others (2016) Successfully 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. He has just prosecuted his first Complex Casework Unit case for the CPS.
- R v S (2018) Successfully prosecuted a sham marriage case. The defendant was accused of conspiring with others to arrange a sham marriage for himself, in order to bypass immigration law. The defendant had created a carefully constructed picture of a real marriage and had persuaded an immigration tribunal that it was genuine. He was convicted after trial (CPS CCU case).
- R v H and R (2017) Junior prosecution counsel: two defendants charged with attempting to murder three men in a car by repeatedly firing a sawn-off shotgun into the vehicle during a high-speed pursuit. The issue at trial was identification. The defendants were convicted after trial of s.18 GBH.
- Operation Dryad (2016) Junior prosecution counsel: 9 week trial of five defendants charged with rape, sexual activity with children and prostitution.
- Operation Dryad (2016) Junior prosecution counsel in a multi-handed 4 week trial concerning a conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (mephedrone) by an Iranian gang.
- R v S and M (2016) Successfully prosecuted two defendants accused of conspiring with others to steal high-end/valuable motor vehicles by using stolen card details and false documentation.
Matthew has substantial experience in both defending and prosecuting cases of violent crime and crime generally.
- R v X (2018) Instructed to defend a man accused of attempting to commit arson with intent to endanger life.
- R v M (2017) Successfully prosecuted a man who had committed robberies on two convenience stores in Ipswich.
- R v H (2017) Successfully defended a woman charged with perverting the course of justice. The prosecution case was that she had falsely accused her neighbour of assaulting her. A successful submission of no case was made.
- R v L (2017) Successfully prosecuted a man who had perverted the course of justice by presenting a false document to a magistrates’ court.
- R v M (2017) Successfully defended a man charged with burgling the home of his ex-partner whilst she and her children were present. The prosecution case included CCTV, cell-site evidence, and testimony from the ex-partner and her children.
- R v O’C and others (2015) Successfully prosecuted three defendants for a revenge attack affray and assault with weapons. One of the Crown’s primary witnesses turned hostile.
- R v M and O’H (2015) Successfully prosecuted two defendants for a home invasion robbery where weapons were used against a vulnerable defendant.
- R v E and M (2015) Prosecuted two defendants for intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to a transgender victim.
- R v B (2013) Successfully defended a woman charged with ABH and common assault ona store security officer and store manager who had restrained her after she had been caught shoplifting.
Matthew is increasingly being instructed in cases involving sexual offences:
- R v X (2018) Instructed to defend in an historic sexual offences case; the defendant is accused of indecently assaulting a child.
- R v K (2018) Junior prosecution counsel in the successful prosecution of a man accused of a series of rapes, sexual assaults and robberies on a single morning in Norwich City Centre
- R v G (2017) Prosecuted a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her own home.
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 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 round 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.
Lexis PSL Corporate Crime – Contributing Author