Pump Court Chambers

Matthew Scott

Call: 1985

  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

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.

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Matthew Scott is an experienced practitioner who specialises in serious crime matters.

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: Barrister Blogger.

Legal Services

Matthew Scott specialises in serious crime, including murder, serious sexual and violent offences, offences against children, as well as cases involving drugs and fraud.

In the past year Matthew has defended successfully in a number of serious cases tried at Crown Courts in the South of England.

Matthew is a specialist rape prosecutor.

Selected 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.

Diplomatic Immunity.

R v. S (2012)

Successful defence of stepfather accused of rape after defendant’s admissions to police ruled.

R v. B

Allegation of multiple sexual assaults by grandfather

R v. O

Allegation of assault by penetration and smothering

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.

Selected Cases

R v. W

Successfully defendce in large scale Ministry of Defence fraud tried at Winchester Crown Court.

Mukovo v European Central Bank for Reconstruction and Development [1994] I.C.R 897

Diplomatic Immunity.

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.

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

  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

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.

Instructing Matthew Scott

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

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