Matt joined the firm’s Criminal Department in April 2021.
He qualified initially as an Accredited Police Station Representative in October 2014. Since then, he has represented clients for the whole spectrum of criminal allegations ranging from minor thefts through to the most serious allegations such as murder and manslaughter.
Matt qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate in May 2019 and became Duty qualified shortly thereafter. He is therefore able to represent clients in the Magistrates’ Court as well as at the Police Station and is able to represent people under the Duty Solicitor schemes at the Police Station and at Court.
With a wealth of experience preparing cases for the Crown Court, Matt regularly assists Barristers in representing clients charged with serious allegations and the issues that follow on from such cases such as Proceeds of Crime / Confiscation proceedings.
He takes a particular interest in representing clients with mental health issues who find themselves involved in the Criminal Justice System. He is regularly instructed by mental health firms and hospitals alike to represent clients with mental health issues.
Matt has represented clients at appeals against the revocation of private hire or hackney carriage licences or refusal to grant such licences before the Magistrates’ Courts and at Licensing Subcommittees all across the East Midlands and has a significant amount of experience in this area. He has recently represented clients at Subcommittees in Gedling, Scunthorpe and Rugby and at Courts in Lincoln, Nottingham and Northampton. In a recent notable case, Matt assisted a client in successfully appealing against a decision to revoke their Combined Private Hire and Hackney Carriage licence and was successful in applying for the client’s legal costs back as he was able to persuade the Court that the Council had misapplied their own policy.
Matt also deals with other types of licensing, such as applying for or varying alcohol premises licensing.
Matt is supervised by Head of Department Christopher Hogg