Pump Court Chambers

Matthew Scott

Call: 1985

  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • National Union of Journalists

Matthew is a well known legal blogger and journalist.

As well as running the award-winning legal blog www.barristerblogger.com, Matthew writes on legal issues for national newspapers and websites including The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Standpoint, The Spectator, The New Statesman and Quillette.  He also contributes to professional journals including Counsel, Criminal Law and Justice, the Criminal Bar Quarterly and Scottish Legal News. He regularly broadcasts on BBC and independent national and local radio and is in demand as a speaker on legal affairs for example on rape laws at the 2018 Battle of Ideas and on miscarriages of justice to FACT (“False Allegations Against Carers and Teachers”).

He has kept bees for over 40 years, variously in Hampshire, North Yorkshire, London and Bath.

Instructing Matthew Scott

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All aspects of criminal law, especially appeals and miscarriages of justice.

Legal Services

All areas of criminal law, particularly as a defence and appellate advocate.

Matthew welcomes instructions by direct access, including appeals and applications to vary or remove restrictive orders such as Sexual Offence Prevention Orders, ASBOs, Risk of Sexual Harm Orders etc.

He also has experience in professional disciplinary work, including medical and veterinary fitness to practise tribunals.

In his advisory work he is regularly instructed to advise Police forces and Local Authorities, as well as individuals seeking to set aside wrongful convictions.

Selected Cases

R v A [2019] EWCA Crim 178

Court of Appeal quashed conviction.

Attorney General's Reference (R v. L.) [2018] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 2

Court of Appeal refused Attorney-General’s attempt to increase sentence in S.18 stabbing case.

R v Gough [2015] EWCA Crim 1079

Right to appear naked in court “The Naked Rambler.” The first and so far only time an appellant has appeared naked in the Court of Appeal, albeit by video link.

R v Xiong Xu [2007] EWCA Crim 3129

Leading case on sentences for cannabis cultivation.

R v Corcoran [2003] EWCA Crim 43

Murder of Horndean schoolgirl Helen Gorrie. Conviction quashed on appeal. Case remains unsolved.

  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • National Union of Journalists

Matthew is a well known legal blogger and journalist.

As well as running the award-winning legal blog www.barristerblogger.com, Matthew writes on legal issues for national newspapers and websites including The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Standpoint, The Spectator, The New Statesman and Quillette.  He also contributes to professional journals including Counsel, Criminal Law and Justice, the Criminal Bar Quarterly and Scottish Legal News. He regularly broadcasts on BBC and independent national and local radio and is in demand as a speaker on legal affairs for example on rape laws at the 2018 Battle of Ideas and on miscarriages of justice to FACT (“False Allegations Against Carers and Teachers”).

He has kept bees for over 40 years, variously in Hampshire, North Yorkshire, London and Bath.

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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