Mathew Turner

Year of call: 2003

Mathew undertakes criminal defence and prosecution work. He has been instructed in a wide range of cases, including those involving: fraud and company offences; serious violence; possession of weapons; witness intimidation; supply of Class A drugs; multi-handed robberies; threats to kill; kidnap and false imprisonment; public order; burglary and dishonesty offences; and driving cases including those where death has been caused.

Expertise

With a solid background in all aspects of trial advocacy, Mathew has also drafted and appeared in successful appeals to both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Mathew has particular expertise and experience in restraint and confiscation matters and is on the CPS specialist Proceeds of Crime panel.
Mathew has acted on behalf of agencies including Transport for London, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Probation service. He accepts instructions for regulatory work in the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In addition to his criminal practice, Mathew undertakes prison law. He can be instructed on a Direct Access basis.

Mathew is committed to providing a dedicated and considered service. Whether acting in court or in an advisory capacity, he is careful to find thoughtful and pragmatic solutions and has particular concern for client care.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Exeter University – English & Drama
BA (Hons) Oxford University – Law
Direct access qualified

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association

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Notable Cases

R v FM & Ors. Woolwich Crown Court. Representing youth charged with affray arising out of large scale disturbance where a samurai sword and a machete were brandished. Non-custodial sentence after trial.

R v DO’B. Harrow Crown Court. Representing defendant acquitted after trial of possession of a firearm. Close analysis of CCTV evidence played a critical role in the defence.

R v AM and KS. Isleworth Crown Court. Acting on behalf of first defendant in cultivation of cannabis charges. Both defendants acquitted after trial.

R v OO. Harrow Crown Court. Defending youth in custody accused of possession of a prohibited firearm, an offence subject to mandatory minimum sentence. Defendant was acquitted following legal argument.

R v DS and ML. Harrow Crown Court. Representing defendant first on indictment charged with aggravated burglary and section 18 GBH. Both defendants acquitted after trial.

R v AP. Canterbury Crown Court. Representing defendant acquitted after trial of importation of 2kg of heroin.

R v AM. Harrow Crown Court. Representing defendant in absence, charged with section 18 GBH. Defendant found not guilty after trial.

R v GS & Ors. Portsmouth Crown Court. Multi-handed section 18 GBH arising out of a mass brawl.

R v HA. St Albans Crown Court. Conspiracy to handle stolen goods. Defendant alleged to have been running a shop to fence high value goods stolen in burglaries. Non-custodial sentence after trial.

R v YB and Ors. Representing defendant charged with public order offence arising out of high profile protests in Luton Town Centre against a military march. Case received widespread media coverage.

R v AM & Ors. Portsmouth Crown Court. Multi-handed section 18 GBH where knives were used.

R v AO & JW. Central Criminal Court. Representing 1st defendant at trial on a charge of robbery.