Matthew Morgan

  • BA (Hons) King’s College London
  • CPE City University
  • BVC Inns of Court School of Law
  • Sheldon Scholarship from Lincolns Inn (Pupillage)
  • Sir Thomas More Bursary from Lincolns Inn (BVC)

Previously worked in theatre and financial and legal publishing prior to coming to the Bar.

Areas of Practice

As a defence practitioner, Matthew has experience in all areas of serious crime. He has been instructed in his own name in cases of: attempted murder; multiple cash-in-transit armed robberies; aggravated burglary; serious sexual offences including: rape; assault by penetration; child pornography including multiple level 5 images; firearms offences; large-scale drugs dealing, importation and cultivation; money-laundering; trademarks and copyright infringement cases and complex fraud where his knowledge of financial markets is a valuable asset. He has expertise and is frequently instructed in road traffic matters for privately-paying clients. He also specialises in prison law and has conducted adjudications and parole board hearings for serving prisoners including those convicted of murder.

Matthew is a Grade 3 CPS prosecutor and is on the Serious Crime Specialist panel. He is able to conduct a wide range of criminal cases but he has developed a particular specialism in private local authority prosecutions including major multi-handed housing benefit frauds, licensing matters and confiscation.

Recent Cases of note

Operation Shine (2018) Currently instructed to defend in high-profile case attracting national media coverage involving the Bulmers art theft and subsequent alleged fraud of the insurance company.

Operation Green Goddess (2018) Acted for 2nd defendant in multi-handed conspiracy to commit millennium-style burglaries across five counties.

R v W (2018) Defence of man charged with historic serious sexual offences of his step-daughter from the age of 7 to 14. Defendant convicted of 3 of 7 counts on indictment.

R v B (2017) Defence of man charged with death by dangerous driving in a tragic accident that caused the death of his sister. Defendant who pleaded guilty to death by careless whilst unfit was initially given a suspended sentence, which was then subject to an Attorney General’s Reference (see below). Case involved complex legal argument arising from the fact that the defendant had tested below the legal argument for cocaine itself, but above the legal limit for benzoylecgonine, the metabolite of cocaine, which the defence expert concluded was an inactive metabolite having no bearing on impairment.

Operation Dove (2017)Defence of the alleged “logistics man” in multi-handed conspiracy to import 1.3 tonnes of cannabis resin secreted in consignments of glass panels from Spain to Harwich. Defendant was the only defendant to be acquitted following trial.

R v K (2016) Defence of church youth worker charged with serious sexual offences including assault by penetration over a number of years of a child (11-15 years old in the indictment period). Defendant acquitted of all counts. 

Operation Quartz (2016) Defence of one of 11 defendants in London-based gang conspiracy to run Class A drugs to Lincolnshire. Case resolved by way of limited basis of plea to playing a lesser role within a very strictly limited time frame.

R v S (2015) Double victim s.18 stabbing. Defendant acquitted of both counts of s. 18 following lengthy trial involving counter-allegations of assault

R v Winston Allen (2015) Defence of former international heavyweight boxer and Number 1 contender charged with GBH of two males arising from a dispute in a bank. Defendant acquitted on all counts at re-trial

Operation Regent (2015) Successful prosecution for the CPS Serious Casework Unit and HMRC of complex income tax fraud.

R v V and J (2015) Successful prosecution of both defendants in aggravated burglary with a sawn-off shotgun

Operation Sheraton (2014) Represented 1st defendant of 6 in infamous Suffolk “Bonnie & Clyde” case (101 burglaries in 6 counties in 3 months) which drew national media coverage following the release of Youtube footage of police vehicles (one a motorcycle) being rammed by a getaway vehicle on two separate occasions. Case resolved by way of pleas to lesser offences. 

R v K and Others (2013) Successfully defended fifth defendant (of 9) in sophisticated and far-reaching international money-laundering trial over 5 months involving £tens of millions in an operation spanning the UK, Iran and the UAE (led junior)

R v M and Others (2013) - Three defendant gang rape (junior alone); defendant acquitted

R v F and Others (2012-2013) - Led junior for the defence in 11 count conspiracy to rob cash-in-transit custodians over a 4 year period. The case involved counter-allegations of planting of evidence by the Flying Squad and complex and cutting-edge legal argument to do with the admissibility of partial profile DNA evidence. Convicted of 5 of the 11 original counts and sentence successfully appealed and reduced on appeal from 15 to 13 and a half years

R v B and Others (2012) - Defence counsel (junior alone) for one of nine defendants in multi-million pound conspiracy to steal and “recycle” BT copper cable on an industrial and almost unprecedented scale

R v B (2012) Attempted murder (junior alone) –in which defendant was accused of trying to throw his partner off a bridge. Case resolved by way of pleas to false imprisonment and threats to kill.

R v W (2011) - Defence counsel in conspiracy to import 1kg of cocaine. Case subject to Attorney General’s Reference and cross-appeal against conviction. Case drew national media coverage (see below)

Reported Cases

AGs Ref 2018 R v John Bond <2017> EWCA Crim 2329 – Whilst Court of Appeal felt compelled to reverse the suspension of a 2 year term of imprisonment for an offence of causing death by careless driving whilst unfit (see above) and replace it with a term of immediate custody, the court did not increase the tariff of 2 years.

AG's Ref No 40 of 2011, R v Lee Williams, <2011> EWCA Crim 2126 - Case in which the defendant's suspended sentence for his part in the importation of nearly 1kg of cocaine, before Ms Recorder Cherie Booth QC, was increased to three and a half years following an Attorney General's Reference. LJ Pitchford commented: ‘I don’t know what spell you were casting in the Isleworth Crown Court, Mr Morgan, but this was a remarkable sentence, was it not?’

Buckley & Anor v Director of Public Prosecutions <2008> EWHC 136 (Admin) (14thJanuary 2008) - Held that sequential events on one day could be broken down into different “episodes” for the purpose of finding conduct on more than one occasion sufficient to justify a conviction for harassment contrary to sections 2(1) and (2) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

Professional Memberships

  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association


Fluent French and German


  • Cricket
  • Skiing
  • Theatre
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Spending time with his family.