Neil Matthews




Call Date: 2012

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Neil is an eloquent, persuasive and determined advocate practising in criminal, public and civil law. He has experience of defending and prosecuting in criminal, regulatory and extradition cases. He has acted for clients in the Crown Court, Courts Martial Magistrates’ Court, and Employment Tribunal. He is regularly instructed across a broad range of matters including sexual offences, drugs, offences against the person, and financial crime. He is a specialist in information law, information governance and the assurance that information systems comply with relevant regulatory frameworks. Neil also has a long term interest in environmental law. He has a strong practice defending clients facing allegations of motoring offences.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Neil, founded a successful consultancy business and was selected to work in the legal division of Goldman Sachs after a highly competitive selection procedure. He is often described as unflappable, and able to remain calm in exacting circumstances.

Neil has been described as “a rising star advocate”.

Neil plays rugby regularly and is able (on occasion) to dazzle on the pitch despite his seniority in years. He is a keen mountaineer and having followed this pursuit for some years is determined to climb the Matterhorn before hanging up his crampons.


Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Neil has been instructed to act as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is an independent public inquiry, set up to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Neil is assisting the Inquiry in the analysis of the evidence which will form the basis for the inquiry’s conclusions and recommendations made by the Chair.

R v N. Successfully defended in a supply of Class A drugs case. Exhaustively prepared cross examination of Police officers and expert witness combined with a detailed analysis of evidence led to the acquittal. Guildford Crown Court.

R v M. Defended client against allegation of sexual assault. Precision cross examination of complainant and forensic analysis of evidence secured a not guilty verdict. Bulford Courts Martial.

R v K. Defended client in a case of dangerous driving where a Police officer was injured. Following the cross examination of 5 Police officers, the Crown’s case was in disarray. A successful submission of not case to answer secure the client’s acquittal. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

R v Z. Child cruelty. Complex case involving varied evidence and cross examination of vulnerable and expert witnesses. Harrow Crown Court.

R v N. Fraud and theft. The Prosecution case involved 40,000+ pages of evidence, including telephone evidence, geo-location and financial documents. Luton Crown Court.

R v O. Defended client at trial. Allegation of possession of bladed article, 3 x assault. Defendant acquitted. Isleworth CC.

R v W. The clients was accused of possession of a bladed article and assault on the allegation of his ex partner and her new partner. Rigorously prepared cross examination shone a light on the inconsistencies between the different accounts. Not Guilty. Isleworth Crown Court.

R v O. Importation of drugs to Prison. Prosecution persuaded to offer no evidence. Not guilty Blackfriars Crown Court.

R v D. Possession with intent to supply (Class A). Prosecution persuaded to offer no evidence. Wood Green Crown Court.

R v S. Theft. Crown persuaded to offer no evidence. Sentenced for other matter of theft. Immediate release secured. Southampton CC.

R v M. Trial – Threats to Kill. Issues of fitness to plead. Southwark Crown Court.

R v T. Disclosure application – Appeared at the Central Criminal Court on three occasions for this case. Made applications that the learned Judge should order the Crown to disclose 4 pieces of evidence. My submissions persuaded the Judge to order the disclosure and prosecution counsel to review the CRIS. At a subsequent hearing, counsel for the prosecution accepted that despite the CPS position there was clearly material in the CRIS which should be disclosed. Other disclosure issues had been resolved by Police investigations directed by the Court. Crown persuaded to offer no evidence at later hearing. Central Criminal Court.


R v W. Appeal against conviction - Failure to provide drivers information (s172). A technical defence in a paper heavy case. Not guilty. Private case, defence costs awarded. Maidstone Crown Court.

R v R. Speeding – The Crown had served two documents laying the information, one within and one without the 6 month time limit. Neil Identified case law which set out that in circumstances where there was confusion over the date of laying an information the Court should favour the Defence. The Bench accepted this and the Crown offered no evidence. Defence costs awarded. Loughborough Magistrates Court.

R v B. Failing to provide details of driver – The statement purporting to exhibit the postal summons was not written by the individual who had sent the letter, but by an individual whose evidence was that it would have been sent. Successful submission of no case to answer. Defence costs awarded. Lavender Hill Magistrates Court.


D v Adecco. Secured a 5 figure settlement in multi-party respondent unfair dismissal case with TUPE issues. The respondents claimed that the claimant was not an employee. At a hearing to determine this issue, the claimant was found to be an employee. The settlement was reached on the eve of the second phase of hearings.


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