Matthew Scott



Regulatory and Disciplinary

Matthew is an experienced criminal and regulatory practitioner.  Many of his regulatory cases have had a rural flavour.  He has particular experience representing people who would never have expected to come into contact with the law such as farmers accused of mistreating their live-stock, landowners accused of dumping waste on their own land, and companies in trouble for unlicensed water extraction.  Mr and Mrs G, for example, kept a well-run rabbit farm in Surrey.  Following a malicious complaint by an anonymous neighbour their farm was inspected by the RSPCA who killed their rabbits before prosecuting them for cruelty.  Although convicted in the Magistrates Court Matthew represented them in the Crown Court where both defendants were entirely vindicated.

Such prosecutions are very different from run of the mill criminal cases and Matthew has the expertise to deal with them, whether they are brought by local authorities, the Environment Agency or the RSPCA.  Matthew is always happy to advise or represent clients for a fixed fee - with no hidden extras - and without the involvement of a solicitor where this is appropriate and cost-effective.  As one satisfied client said:

“The advice I was given by the Barrister (Matthew Scott) in the initial consultation was very clear and direct. I was then able to communicate with him by email enabling me to get all my further questions and queries answered very quickly.”

He has experience representing professionals before disciplinary tribunals.   He has also lectured to magistrates and veterinary surgeons at seminars organised by the Veterinary Association for Arbitration and Jurisprudence.

Matthew is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and professional journals, and regularly writes for The Times, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly and Standpoint. He also runs the well-known legal blog

Courts Martial

Matthew has considerable experience defending in Courts Martial both in this country and abroad.  He has achieved acquittals for senior officers accused of fraud and lower ranks charged with sexual and violent offences.

Public Access and Direct Access

He is happy to accept direct access instructions to defend individuals charged with any offences or accused by disciplinary bodies.


Year of call: 1985
Areas of specialism:
  • Courts Martial
  • Criminal
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary
Additional languages:
  • Turkish
Professional associations:
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
Professional activities:
  • Away from his practice Matthew lectures and broadcasts on legal matters and regularly contributes articles on legal issues to professional journals and the national press.
Outside Interests:
  • Matthew is a keen beekeeper.
Notable Cases:
  • L & R v R. [2011] EWCA Crim 649 (Defended baby battering allegation, appeal against conviction allowed)
  • Xu & Ors, R v [2007] EWCA Crim 3129 (Represented leading defendant in guideline case on sentences for cannabis cultivation)
  • R v. Webster [2006] EWCA Crim. 2894 (Represented appellant in leading case on legal status of campaign medals)
  • R v. W (John) [1998] 2 Cr. App. R 289 (Defended in leading case on similar fact in identification cases)
  • R v. Corcoran (Defended cold case review allegation of 1992 murder of Helen Gorrie, appeal against conviction allowed)
  • Mukovo v European Central Bank for Reconstruction and Development [1994] I.C.R 897 (Diplomatic Immunity)
  • R v. S (2012) (successfully defended historic allegation of child rape and sexual assault, "recovered memory" allegation)
  • R. v. A (2012) (successful defence of stepfather accused of rape after defendant's admissions to police ruled inadmissible)