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Matthew is an experienced junior who both prosecutes and defends in criminal and regulatory/consumer law cases.
In crime, Matthew’s practice covers, particularly, cases involving sexual offences, large-scale drug supply and production, serious violence (including firearms matters) and fraud. Within regulatory and consumer law, Matthew’s practice includes trading standards, licensing and planning law cases.
He is accustomed to dealing with cases involving a substantial volume of evidence, requiring careful management and analysis and is often instructed in matters turning on complex issues of law, fact or both.
Matthew also frequently deals with particularly sensitive cases such as matters involving alleged domestic abuse, driving offences where catastrophic injury has resulted, cases involving a mental-health dimension and matters requiring the careful questioning of vulnerable witnesses.
In consumer and regulatory areas; Matthew is known for his practical and commercial approach.
CPS Panel appointments
General Crime Level 3
RASSO Level 3
R v J (Leicester Crown Court) – Representing J, a martial arts instructor, who was accused of sexually assaulting 7 of his students over an 18 month period. J acquitted of all 14 counts charged at trial.
R v B (Northampton Crown Court) – Defending B who is charged with making indecent images of children. The defence advanced by B is that he has been the victim of computer hacking by a former business associate. The case involves large volumes of technical computer evidence and several experts are to give evidence at the trial.
R v S (Leicester Crown Court) – Defending S who was charged with mortgage fraud. S was alleged to have duped a vulnerable female friend into signing mortgage documents, obtaining several hundred thousand pounds as a result. This case required the analysis of a very substantial volume of evidence and sensitive but effective cross-examination of the Complainant at trial. S was acquitted.
R v P (Luton Crown Court) – Defending P who was charged with s.18 wounding having allegedly slashed the throat of the Complainant with a Stanley Knife during a fight. C suffered near fatal injuries during the incident. P advanced self-defence and was acquitted after trial.
R v L (Reading Crown Court) – L was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. This case arose out of a lengthy police operation and involved a huge volume of surveillance evidence. Evidence obtained by covertly placed audio recording devices was successfully excluded and an acquittal was secured.