Matt heads up the Criminal Litigation team and has a strong focus on major crime, including successfully representing one of the defendants in the £53 million Securitas Robbery Trial and successfully representing a suspect in the “Body in the Suitcase Murder”. He is a member of The Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates and is Duty Solicitor qualified.
Matt is currently instructed by a client suspected of being involved in one of the biggest frauds in the country with the value in the 100’s of millions. The case is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office who investigate and prosecute serious fraud, bribery and corruption cases.
Matt qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has an impressive academic career that includes a BSC (Hons) Psychology London University, Common Professional Examination in Law, Post graduate Legal Practice Course at College of Law London, Higher Court Advocate, Duty Solicitor Qualified. Matt initially practised family law prior to specialising in crime/ criminal litigation for the last 18 years.
Matthew regularly represents his client in both the Magistrates and Crown Court and has been a crown court advocate since 2005. His range of legal expertise includes dealing with investigations of:
- Regulatory and commercial crime
- Drug supply, manufacture and importation
- Fraud, money laundering, confiscation and restraint
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- Murder and other homicide matters
- Sexual offences
- Robbery, burglary and theft
- Road traffic offences
- Criminal Litigation with Focus on Major Crime
What clients say"I had no complaints from start to finish with all the staff of the company" "Treated fairly, everything explained clearly." "Thank you for your support and kind words today, I was very grateful to have you on my side. I am looking to put the whole thing behind me now and start a fresh." "Many thanks for helping out yesterday ... I haven’t dealt with Berry and Lamberts before but am very pleased to have received the recommendation."
R v B and others –. Multi handed conspiracy to commit fraud I represented a director of a company was said to have conspired with an NHS employee to commit Fraud. Client case dismissed during the trial.
R v B. International Ponzi fraud. Client was said to have committed a multi-million pound fraud against investors in the UK and the Costa del Sol.
Matthew is a keen sportsman actively pursuing cycling, golf, football and basketball. He previously played Rugby at high level and has played in sides representing the country. He is also a devoted Francophile and fits all this in when not spending time with his family.
Crime: Commercial, Personal & Regulatory team
Richard was admitted in 2010. Richard is duty qualified and has broad experience in criminal law & white collar crime, general corporate, international and cross-border work (UK, Russia and South Africa). He has strong analytical and problem solving skills, is experienced in reviewing large volumes of documents in the course of criminal investigation and trial preparation as well as for due diligence and litigation in commercial matters.
Richard is a Duty Solicitor and Crime Supervisor with experience managing all aspects of practice including governance and compliance. He is a member of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association, The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, The Club Taurino of London and the Latin Mass Society.
He has sound practical knowledge of criminal practice and customer-facing regulated activities and an appreciation of the regulatory environment.
What clients say"The advice, information you receive are second to none. Keeps you informed of everything you need to know."
Richard has recently joined the To-Ken Society of Great Britain (The To-Ken society of Great Britain is an organisation dedicated to the study and preservation of Japanese swords, fittings and armour) and the Kent Wildfowling and Conservation Association (Wildfowling and shooting).
He has a “lovely wife and two beautiful young daughters” and went to Pretoria Boys’ High School (Solomon House).
Nina is the Department Manager in the Criminal Litigation team. Her role also includes assisting the criminal litigation solicitors in the day-to-day preparation of cases.
Nina has a degree in Business Administration and has been a member of our Criminal Litigation team for over 12 years.
What clients say"Has been a star over the last 4 years. She has kept it realistic on outcomes and any information I need always got answers for. She has always gone above and beyond to help."
Nina enjoys going to the cinema and cooking.
Kate has worked for the firm since 2005. She currently works in the Criminal Litigation team in our Tonbridge Office. She has previously worked in the Family team and undertakes secretarial duties as well as dealing with billing, payments and time recording.
Kate enjoys cycling, watching films and bowling.
Debbie is legal Secretary to Charlotte Sloan, Solicitor, and Elizabeth Cookson, Solicitor, based in our Tonbridge office.. She works closely with the solicitors and clients to provide excellent service delivery.
Debbie is a fitness fanatic, enjoys body combat and spinning classes, holidays abroad and baking cakes in her spare time.