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
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.
I have worked for Berry & Lamberts Solicitors since 2005. I currently work as a Costings Assistant in the Tonbridge Office. My role involves claiming costs from the Legal Aid Agency in the Criminal Litigation and Family Department.
I enjoy socialising, bowling and reading.
Debbie is Legal Secretary to Matthew Nickolls, Solicitor in the Crime Department and Sharon Hawkins, Solicitor in the Family Department, 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.