Matthew Simpson


Matthew became a tenant in April 2020, following successful completion of pupillage.

Matthew is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court. He has experience across a range of offences including: motoring, dishonesty offences, drugs, domestic violence, sexual offences, firearms and fraud.

Matthew also has experience in disciplinary and licensing matters as well as extradition.

Since Matthew started practising at the Bar, instructing solicitors have remarked that they “trust him to offer sound advice and build excellent rapport with clients”.  Matthew has also earned praise from a senior circuit judge, being described as “confident, clear and concise...he is the sort of barrister judges welcome having before them, which can only be to the advantage of his clients”.


As a pupil Matthew assisted in, and advised on, a number of complex and high-profile cases, including: murders, serious sexual assaults and rape, multi-million-pound VAT fraud and is currently assisting with preparations for defending a high-level SFO investment fraud.

Prior to being called to the Bar Matthew served as an army infantry officer in the Welsh Guards; service which included overseas operational deployments. Utilising this experience, he maintains a strong interest in areas of military law and court martial, as well as firearms cases and private firearms licensing appeals.

Matthew has also worked in the front office of a tier 1 investment bank, in an FCA registered position. He is therefore well placed to develop his financial crime and regulatory practice.

He also has experience in presenting cases for the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Matthew recently drafted an article ""Dishonesty" A new test", regarding the Barton and Booth judgment, with Jollyon Robertson.

Notable cases

R v K and others, 2020

Five handed class B drugs production sentence. Basis accepted that the offending was lesser “gardener” role, despite evidence indicating potential for significant role. Client sentenced to 10 months. Norwich Crown Court.

R v D, 2020

PWITS class B sentence. HHJ persuaded to sentence at bottom of SCGs to a 6-month SSO with no conditions, despite falling as significant role cat 3 on SCGs. Guildford Crown Court.

R v W, 2020

Special reasons hearing and sentence. Judge persuaded to sentence well below the SCGs to 5 penalty points and a £500 fine for driving 108 mph on a 60-mph road. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

R v D, 2019

Mitigation for an aggravated burglary and two s20 GBH counts.  Involved consideration and advice on complex basis of plea. PSR ordered to consider dangerousness. Offending fell at the top of the SCGs. Successfully avoided finding of dangerousness and a sentence below the top category SCGs start point. Sentence of 7 years 6 months. Inner London Crown Court.

R v M, 2019

Handling stolen goods trial. Cross examination of an officer on a voire dire, during trial, after Matthew identified continuity of evidence errors. Crown forced to offer no evidence after application to adjourn successfully opposed in light of previously unidentified evidence handling errors. Romford Youth Court.

R v L, 2019

Prosecution conviction secured in transphobic assault and criminal damage trial. Trial involved adducing evidence of multiple young and vulnerable witnesses and cross examination of young defendant. Special measures in place throughout. Maidstone Magistrates’ Court.

R v C, 2019

Stalking and breach of non-molestation order trial. Acquittal obtained on breach of non-molestation order after gaps in Crown’s evidence exposed during cross examination. Croydon Magistrates’ Court.

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University of Manchester, Politics & History – 1st Class BA (Hons)

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

CFA (UK), Investment Management Certificate

BPP University, GDL – Commendation

University of Law, BPTC – Very Competent

BPTC James Crouch Scholar (Gray’s Inn)

Internship Award (Gray’s Inn)


Gray’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit


CPS Panel (grade 1)

NMC Case Presenter

ICCA “Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training Programme”

AG Civil “Junior Junior” Panel

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