Matthew joined Lansbury Worthington in February 2007 and has dealt with all aspects of criminal proceedings from simple magistrates' court matters, through to more serious Crown Court cases. He also has experience in areas of civil litigation (notably judicial review and unlawful imprisonment).
Following his qualification as a solicitor in 2010, Matthew has focused on developing his skills as a courtroom advocate and now regularly acts at trial for both privately paying and legally aided defendants, securing numerous acquittals. He has a keen eye for complex legal arguments and has successfully employed High Court case law to achieve excellent results in criminal proceedings.
Matthew has been awarded Higher Rights of Audience in both criminal and civil courts, and is currently expanding his practice in the Crown Court and in the highly specialised area of extradition law.
- Representing at trial a man of previous good character accused of multiple assaults following an altercation with security guards. Matthew successfully opposed an application by the prosecution to adjourn the trial, and after citing recent case law managed to get the prosecution to offer no evidence ensuring the client was acquitted of all charges.
- Representing a business executive in the insurance industry accused of an assault on the underground. Matthew managed to persuade the court to pass a conditional discharge, thereby avoiding a conviction on the client’s record and the risk of any adverse consequences for his employment.
- Representing at trial the only defendant to be acquitted in a three-handed violent disorder trial.
- Representing a very vulnerable client with mental health disabilities who was charged with malicious communications following an extremely distressed telephone call to a mental health support line. The client was acquitted following a successful submission by Matthew at trial that the prosecution had failed to prove a key element of their case.
- Representing an employee of the Metropolitan Police who was accused of assaulting a colleague. During the magistrates’ court proceedings the client represented herself, and was convicted at her trial. She came to Lansbury Worthington following her conviction to lodge an appeal. Matthew skillfully represented the client at her re-trial securing a Not Guilty verdict before Isleworth Crown Court.
Outside of his work for the firm, Matthew is a member of the committee of the West London Law Society, and a past Chair of the West London Law Society Junior Lawyers Division.
He has also lectured to psychotherapists on the legal and ethical issues that can arise from treating clients who commit criminal offences.
Having grown up in rural North Wales, Matthew speaks fluent Welsh and maintains an interest in the current affairs of that area.
Education and Professional Qualifications
LLB Law with Politics; Keele University
Legal Practice Course; College of Law in Chester
Accredited Police Station representative
Accredited Duty Solicitor
Higher Rights of Audience (All Courts)