Matthew enjoys a mixed criminal practice and is regularly instructed for both Prosecution and Defence in all areas of crime in the Crown Court. His experience spans myriad offences which include sexual offences, violent offences, dishonesty offences, and drugs offences. This experience has demonstrated a proficiency in dealing with expert witnesses and issues such as cell-site analysis and telephone evidence.
Matthew also has experience of private prosecutions such as those involving the RSPCA and an increasing instruction in fraud, and Proceeds of Crime Act matters.
Matthew has developed a reputation as a hardworking, meticulous and articulate advocate, and has received praise for the standard of submissions exceeding his level of Call.
Matthew is a Grade 2 CPS panel advocate.
Notable Crime cases
Operation Novel - Led Junior
Matthew is presently instructed by the HMRC and The Serious Economic, Organised Crime and International Directorate of the Crown Prosecution Service as prosecution junior to Angus MacDonald and James Lake respectively in two trials concerning the evasion of VAT. The first part concerning the illegal sale of kerosene and the latter the illegal use of kerosene and other rebated fuels in HGVs.
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Represented youth Defendant charged with violent disorder within a Youth Offenders Institute
R v B
Prosecuting a Defendant charged with 3 counts of making indecent images of Children in Sheffield Crown Court.
R v W
Successfully prosecuted a Defendant charged with s.20 GBH at trial in Harrogate Magistrates’ Court.
R v C
Represented a Defendant in Bradford Crown Court who was charged with three counts of Assault on an Emergency Worker (biting, kicking and spitting blood/phlegm), securing a suspended sentence order.
R v W
Secured a community order for a Defendant found guilty of ABH after a trial in a domestic context.
R v H
Representing a Defendant in Sheffield Crown Court at sentence who had pleaded guilty to a second-strike bladed article offence which involved attacking a man in a car with a machete, securing a suspended sentence order.
R v W
Successfully prosecuted a Defendant in the Magistrates’ Court charged with a number of ABHs in a domestic context despite the Complainant not attending Court and needing to rely on res gestae.
R v W
Defending at sentence in Leeds Crown Court a Defendant who had breached a suspended sentence order by attempting to headbutt a police officer – able to avoid activation of the custodial term.