Alex has a strong practice prosecuting and defending. She performs deftly in cases involving vulnerable clients, and has experience of running both insanity defences and dealing with fitness to plead procedures. She has completed vulnerable witness training, strengthening her expertise in this area.
She also has particular experience defending Deaf/deaf defendants, and is a personable advocate who is excellent at helping young and vulnerable clients understand procedures and trial processes.
Background and Expertise
In 2019 Alex was seconded to CPS London South Central Crown Court Unit. She took the lead on prosecuting drugs and kidnap conspiracies, attempted murder and aggravated burglaries, amongst lower level offences such as possession of blades and assaults. This experience has lent her unique insight into the operations of the CPS as a body, and has employed her keen analytical skills to good effect.
Alex has also undertaken work as a prosecution junior on a number of multi-handed cases (including insurance and car-ringing frauds) and has run the resulting POCA proceedings.
Alex has also undertaken disclosure secondments with the both the SFO and on the Grenfell Tower inquiry, and as a result is familiar with Autonomy and other document platforms, thus cementing her experience working both as independent counsel and as a productive team player.
From drugs indictments, through to GBH and robbery, Alex defends across the gamut of offences in the Crown Court, regularly in multi-handed matters.
Before coming to the bar Alex worked as a paralegal at a high-street legal aid firm and within the criminal department at Kingsley Napley LLP. She is therefore intimately familiar with the work those instructing her are undertaking, and the ways she can best assist.
Alex was awarded the Jules Thorne Scholarship in 2012, an award granted for academic achievement by Middle Temple Inn of Court.
Drugs conspiracy. Obtained an acquittal on a false imprisonment charge in the face of phone evidence, cell site, and the evidence of an informant.
Trial - attempted GBH of police officers. Obtained an outright acquittal on serious charges in a case in which ‘insanity’ was agreed between prosecution and defence, having put the Crown to proof.
Obtained an acquittal for armed robbery via cross-examination of key witnesses.
Prosecution junior on 4 handed fraud lasting 6 weeks. Summer 2017
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PROFILE: Alex Matthews
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Exeter University BA (2.1)
Kings College/RADA MA (Distinction)
The Honourable Society of Middle Temple, Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit
Grade 3 Prosecutor