Matthew accepted tenancy at Devon Chambers at the beginning of October 2023. He continues to enjoy a busy and varied common law practice.
In terms of his family practice, Matthew is regularly instructed in both public and private matters as well as financial. He regularly appears in the Magistrates and County Courts in relation to family matters, and has also appeared in the High Court Family Division during his pupillage.
In terms of his civil practice, Matthew is often instructed in small claims arising out of road traffic accidents. Additionally, his is instructed in credit hire matters and infant settlement approval hearings. Matthew also has a paper based civil practice and is happy to advise on matters such as property disputes and the value of claims. Matthew also appears in civil applications such as those involving Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.
In his criminal practice Matthew both prosecutes and defends. He is a CPS Grade 1 prosecutor, often prosecuting lists in the Magistrates Court. He also defends in the Magistrates Court, recent examples include an assault trial and mitigation in a sentencing hearing for causing serious injury by careless driving. Matthew also appears in the Crown Court, recent appearances include a Newton hearing, probation breaches, committals for sentence and appeals against both conviction and sentence.
Matthew also appears in regulatory matters. He has appeared on behalf of the Local Authority in matters relating to the Town and Country Planning Act, and has further instructions in private prosecutions for other professional bodies. Matthew’s background in geography is particularly valuable in environmental matters.
Matthew is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.