Matthew 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

Recent cases

·        R v. B (allegation
of multiple sexual assaults by grandfather)

·        R v. O (allegation
of assault by penetration and smothering)

·        He also defended
successfully in R v. W and others as part of a large scale Ministry of Defence
fraud tried at Winchester Crown Court.



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


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.

More information


·        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.


·        Matthew is a keen beekeeper.


·        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)






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