Notable cases

R v Pearce, murder of vulnerable man by teenager – prosecution. See press links below:

  1. BBC
  2. Daily Echo
  3. The News

R v Griffiths, large fraud involving haulage firm. Substantial, ‘paper-heavy’ case, losses in the hundreds of thousands of pounds.

R v Granger, multi-handed fraud on the Royal Mint.

R v Cormack, defending SOCA investigation into a commercial manufacture of ecstasy.

R v Phillips – defending one of the first prosecutions for the commercial sale of formerly legal highs. Also instructed on the subsequent POCA proceedings.

Operation Emperor and Operation Terrace, Bournemouth Crown Court – 2 major drugs prosecutions for CPS Complex Case Unit. Matthew was the Leading junior for these 8 week and 4 week trials respectively.

R v Jonathan Beere, Kingston Crown Court – Defence on a Conspiracy to supply Class A (£53 million cocaine) – listed as a 5 week trial.

R v Eric Ward, Portsmouth Crown Court – Defence on a Class A drugs importation (26kg cocaine) – listed as a 5 week trial.

R v K & Other, 3 week trial at Derby Crown Court. Leading junior counsel for the main defendant on a large scale people trafficking matter. Very serious case of it’s kind – 10 years on conviction.

R v Robert White 3 week trial at Southampton Crown Court. Leading junior in a complex trial about a teenager constructing a pipe bomb and causing an explosion likely to endanger life. See press link below:

1. This is Hampshire

R v Michael Green & Ors 3 Week Trial at Cardiff Crown Court. Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, part of major nationwide drugs supply prosecution. Such is Matthew’s reputation he is instructed on matters such as this where the Hampshire-based defendants were tried off circuit. This was a huge operation, the gang were said to be responsible for up to 75% of drugs found in the Swansea Valley. See link for more information.

1. BBC

R –v- P and others Importation of £4 million + of cannabis resin. Leading junior. Defending.

R –v- D and others Conspiracy to rob, alleged high value professional country house robbery of antiques etc. Leading junior. Defending.

R –v- K and others Importation of £36 million of cannabis resin , investigated and prosecuted by SOCA. Defending as leading counsel with Quinton Newcomb. Defending.


R –v- L Winchester Crown Court. Murder, defending as junior led by QC. Acquitted.

R –v- B and others Winchester Crown Court. Murder, defending as junior led by QC. Only defendant acquitted of all matters.

R –v- R and others Bournemouth Crown Court. Conspiracy to handle stolen goods, high value plant equipment. Leading junior. Defending.

R –v- B and others Conspiracy to defraud UK clearing banksu. Leading junior. Defending.

R –v- C and others Winchester Crown Court. Murder, defending as junior led by QC. Successful application to dismiss.

R –v- B and others Southwark Crown Court, VHCC case, conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. Defending.

R –v- T and others Southampton Crown Court, conspiracy to produce cannabis, police indicate potentially one of the largest cannabis factories in England. Leading junior. Defending.

R –v- S and others Bournemouth Crown Court, £1 million + conspiracy to supply Class A, B and C drugs, 9 defendants. Leading junior. Prosecuting.

R –v- O and others Manchester Crown Court, multi-million pound VAT evasion. Acquitted after 10 week trial following abuse of process argument. Leading junior. Defending.