Solicitor-Advocate

Matthew joined us in August 2016 having previously been a director and Higher Courts Advocate at Cartwright King Solicitors.

Matthew qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate in 2007 and has practiced since then almost exclusively in the Crown Court. He has particular expertise in defending clients with mental illness, having been appointed by the court as the Advocate to deal with cases involving findings of fact and orders made under s37, 41 and 45A of the Mental Health Act 1983. Matthew also has vast experience in dealing with cases of a sexual nature, serious violence and Drugs offences. He has experience of Fraud and applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Military hearings ,Inquests, and representing clients defending Closure Orders under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Matthew has built an established reputation throughout the East Midlands and is known for his thorough preparation and approachable personality.

Matthew is a Duty Solicitor and member of the Law Society

Notable cases:

  • R v P – Represented defendant at trial on a £ 3.5 million VOSA fraud at Luton Crown Court for 3 months.
  • R v A – Represented a physiotherapist accused of sexually assaulting a patient
  • R v B – Represented a 19 year old accused of stranger rape, described by the Recorder of Nottingham as one of the worst rapes he had seen
  • R v S – Represented a defendant during a 2 week trial at Derby Crown Court in relation to a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, the defendant being the quartermaster based in Glasgow and receiving heroin and cocaine for widespread distribution into Scotland.
  • R v N – Represented a defendant already subject to an indeterminate sentence for public protection for attacking his friend with a chainsaw on a further GBH charge having attacked a nurse at a medium secure mental health unit causing life threatening injuries.
  • R v H – Represented a defendant at a fitness to plead and then finding of fact hearing in relation to falsely imprisoning and seriously wounding his own mother.
  • Rv J – Represented a vulnerable 19 year old with severe learning difficulties who had admitted raping an 11 year old girl – after 9 hearings and consultation with a number of experts he was made the subject of a 3 year Community Order.
  • R v D – Defended an agency care worker at trial accused of sexually assaulting a resident in a care home suffering from terminal cancer affecting her ability to communicate properly
  • R v A – Defended a father at trial who was accused of sexually assaulting his 6 year old daughter with the handle of a broom, the defendant having already admitted several offences of neglect and cruelty against his other children.
  • R v H [2018]EWCA Crim 2927
    R v P [2017] EWCA Crim 1595

Specialisms

✅ Criminal Defence
✅ Crown Court Representation

Contact Matthew

12 Carrington Street
Nottingham
NG1 7FF
Tel: (0115) 950 3231
Email: matthew.smith@bhatiabest.co.uk

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