Matt is a Duty Solicitor in our Criminal Defence Department and has a vast amount of experience, having worked at Bhatia Best since 19th July 1999.
Matt’s particular expertise comes in dealing with some of the most serious and complex cases that Bhatia Best deals with. He has repeatedly been trusted with overseeing the most difficult cases that have appeared in the local Criminal Justice system. From murder cases that have made national news, to complex conspiracies to supply drugs, Matt has a unique ability to deal with cases with voluminous and technical evidence.
Often seen sat at his desk with a highlighter in hand, Matt possesses an unrivalled attention to detail that allows him to find key pieces of evidence tucked away within these most difficult of cases. It’s no surprise that he’s got a number of glowing references under his belt from QCs and barristers he has worked with.
Matt is unique in his experience and abilities because he can represent a client at the Police Station, deal with their case at the Magistrates Court and then ensure his clients have continuity of representation if their case proceeds to the Crown Court. It is a rare thing to find a Solicitor with the ability to deal with the most serious of cases from start to finish but that is exactly what Matt’s clients get when he takes on their case.
Perhaps the clearest demonstration of the experience, knowledge and expertise that Matt possess lies in the cases that he has dealt with:
• R v A. Murder & Robbery. D a member of a Birmingham gang accused of robbing and killing a Nottingham DJ. 6-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court. Not guilty verdict.
• R v E and others. Possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. D charged with possessing a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence – gangland shooting
• R v F. Rape. D accused of the rape of his sister’s friend. D had the mental age of a 10 year old. Nottingham Crown Court trial. Not guilty verdict.
• R v T. Section 18. D was a caravan park owner accused of shooting a burglar with a shotgun. Not guilty verdict.
• R v T. Prison mutiny. D charged as part of the large-scale riots at HMP Lincoln. 3-month trial at Leicester Crown Court.
• R v M. Murder. D charged with the murder of his best friend by stabbing him. Trial at Nottingham Crown Court. Not guilty verdict.
• R v M. Armed robbery and Arson with intent to endanger life. D charged with Armed robbery and arson with intent to endanger life. Nottingham Crown Court trial – Application to exclude ID evidence. Evidence excluded – not guilty verdict.
• R v G and others. Murder. D accused of being involved in a revenge killing. Birmingham Crown Court trial. Not guilty verdict.
• R v A. Assisting an offender – Murder. D charged with assisting an offender following a gang related murder.
• R v H and others. Attempted Murder and Violent Disorder. D charged with attempted murder and violent disorder. Nottingham Crown Court.
• R v B. Rape. D falsely accused of the rape of his friend’s children – Nottingham Crown Court trial. Not guilty verdicts.
• R v S and others. Murder. D accused of being jointly involved in a shooting outside a Nottingham nightclub. Two-month trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Hung jury. Co-defendant’s convicted.
• R v S. Murder. 6-week re-trial at Birmingham Crown Court for the shooting outside Nottingham nightclub resulting in a second hung jury. The Crown offered no evidence before the third trial listing.
• R v J. Wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article – D accused of a stabbing outside a city centre nightclub. Sentenced to 3 years, Case referred by the Attorney General as an unduly lenient sentence. Court of Appeal upheld the 3-year sentence.
• R v S and others. Violent disorder and arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered – D charged with involvement in the large-scale riots in Nottingham.
• R v R. Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. D charged with possessing a loaded sawn-off shotgun. Nottingham Crown Court trial. Not guilty verdict.
• R v B. Rape. Client charged with rape where the ‘sexsomnia’ defence was advanced at Nottingham Crown Court.
• R v C and others. Murder. D accused of recruiting men in the local pub to kill her husband. 2-month trial at Nottingham Crown Court. D convicted. Leave to appeal granted on the basis of fresh evidence and re-trial ordered.
• R v L. Section 18 ‘baby-shaking’. D charged with inflicting GBH by shaking to his child. Complex case involving defence experts from America and Brussels. 4-week trial at Nottingham Crown Court. Not guilty of section 18, convicted of section 20.
• R v E. Murder and Possession of a bladed article. D charged with murder and possession of a bladed article following a stabbing at the ‘party in the park’ in Newark. Nottingham Crown Court trial. Not guilty verdicts
• R v M and others. Conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs. National Crime agency investigation. D charged with being involved in a £55 million conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs that had been imported from Holland and distributed around the UK. 6 week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
• R v C. Murder. Re-trial for client accused of recruiting men to kill her husband. Nottingham Crown Court trial. Not guilty verdict. Co-accused were convicted again.
• R v A. Conspiracy to commit robberies and burglaries at convenience stores around Nottinghamshire. Case involved complex telephone evidence, cell site evidence, ANPR and CCTV material. Nottingham Crown Court.
• R v S. Murder. D charged with the murder of his landlord by dousing him with petrol and setting him on fire. Nottingham Crown Court. Guilty plea to Murder.
• R v M. Murder. D charged with the murder of a fellow resident of a bail hostel. Nottingham Crown Court. Guilty plea to murder.
• R v S and others. Conspiracy to supply class A. Multiple defendants charged with a £1.5 million conspiracy to supply. East Midlands Special Operations Unit operation involving complex sequence of events and telephone evidence. Not guilty verdict.
• R v A and others. Robbery and false imprisonment. D charged with joint involvement in a plan to enter the home of a lone female and imprison her in order to steal money. Case involved a national investigation which included complex telephone and sequence of events evidence. Nottingham Crown Court trial.
• R v R-B, H & P. Murder, conspiracy to rob and assisting an offender. Two clients charged with conspiring to commit a robbery and then having attended the address, tortured the victim until a key was handed over for his safe. Victim died from his injuries. Third client charged with assisting an offender by allegedly burning clothing. Nottingham Crown Court trial.
• R v L. Murder and attempted murder. D charged with stabbing his wife and his friend following a drunken argument. Nottingham Crown Court trial.
• R v Z. Historic sexual allegations. Local councillor prosecuted for historic sexual offences. Prosecution offered no evidence shortly before trial. Not guilty verdicts.
• R v R. Conspiracy to evade duty on the importation of class A and B drugs. East Midlands Special Operations Unit. Multiple defendants involved with the importation of substantial amounts of class A and B drugs from Holland. Nottingham Crown Court trial. Not guilty verdict.
• R v P. Aggravated burglary, Possession of a firearm, Possession bladed article and Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Two clients plead guilty to one charge of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Not guilty verdicts recorded on all other charges. Nottingham Crown Court.
• R v N-T. Murder. Client, a juvenile, charged with a joint enterprise stabbing. Following a 3 month trial at Nottingham Crown Court a not guilty verdict was secured.
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