Matthew is a Partner and Head of the Criminal, Mental Health & Litigation team. He qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and practiced in London before moving to Bath in 2007. His major practice area is criminal law, with associated civil and regulatory experience. Matthew handles all types of criminal case and is highly respected. Matthew also leads the team’s business, fraud, and POCA work.
Matthew has a particular interest and experience in working with those with an ASD diagnosis, including Asperger Syndrome.
“Every case begins and ends with the client. It’s my job to take their case, their concerns, their priorities and succeed in the criminal justice system in a way that would be impossible otherwise. Knowing and understanding the law is just the beginning – I am humbled and fortunate to have the opportunity to represent the people at the heart of an often bewildering and increasingly crumbling justice system. Their world is my case, and I confront each with respect and compassion, but without fear or favour”.
Matthew and his team were recognised in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500, the UK's leading guide to law. They said:
The ‘committed and hard-working’ team of lawyers attract praise for having ‘a wealth of experience in the area of criminal defence law’. Team head Matthew Graham has ‘an enviable knowledge of the law’, is ‘considered a very safe pair of hands’ and is noted for his experience as a Magistrates Court advocate.
The team are also noted in the well respected Chambers & Partners Guide this year, ranking in the top tier.
Matthew is a member of the Law Society, is Criminal Litigation Accredited and a Criminal Law Supervisor.
Matthew will use any excuse for adventure travel and has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia. Matthew is a committed microbrewer, an enthusiastic footballer, an energetic cyclist, an often damp canoeist, and is all things Bath Rugby. He lives with his wife and two children near Bradford on Avon.
Matthew is a trustee with homeless charity Julian House.
Areas of Expertise
Recent Notable Cases
2019 Crown Court Trial - Teacher acquitted of historic sexual offences from the 1970’s & 1980’s.
2019 Crown Court Sentence - Online Sexual Offending and Grooming - paedophile hunter vigilante case - Suspended sentence and shortened SHPO.
2018 Magistrates Trial - Violence Allegation - client acquitted after contested trial. Detailed cross examination of complainant on facts and credibility. Contested medical evidence. Defence costs recovered.
2018 Crown Court Trial - Sexual Assault by a teacher on a pupil - client unanimously acquitted after contested trial. Detailed disclosure and third party disclosure issues. (See article here)
2018 Magistrates Sentencing – Indecent Images. Asperger Syndrome. Case usually dealt with in Crown Court dealt with by Magistrates due to force of mitigation. Community Order imposed.
2018 Crown Court Controlling and Coercive Behaviour, domestic abuse. Client acquitted. See article here.
2018 Magistrates Trial Domestic violence allegation. Acquitted at trial after defence witness summons granted for key witness. Defence costs recovered.
2018 Crown Court Client pleaded guilty to the production of 1.64kg of Cannabis. After legal argument, Court found that the operation was non-commercial, and sentenced on the basis of ‘lesser role’. Suspended prison sentence.
2018 Magistrates Trial Client allegedly assaulted a youth who had been part of a group causing antisocial behaviour. Acquitted at trial, successfully arguing actions justified in prevention of crime. Defence costs recovered.
2017 Magistrates Trial Client accused of fraud and money laundering. Case dropped given inadmissibility of key prosecution evidence. Defence costs recovered.
2017 Proceeds of Crime Act Proceedings – CPS applied for recovery of over £750,000 of client’s assets, but were awarded less than £100,000. Consequential property transactions also handled in-house. Restraint Order discharged.
2016 Magistrates Trial Client acquitted at trial accused of threatening police officers with a knife. Client with significant mental health issues and highly vulnerable. Defence costs recovered.
2016 Illegal Worker Regulations – Business accused of employing illegal workers. Case resolved without prosecution by Civil Penalty Scheme, reduced with mitigating features. Press and Media advice delivered via both in-house Media Strategy and retained external PR Consultants.
2016 Crown Court Trial Alleged sexual offending by client with profound mental health issues. Client found not fit to plead or participate in the proceedings, no facts found against client and no orders made. Welfare and care arrangements critical.
2016 Youth Court Serious sexual offending by youth client with an ASD diagnoses. Case resolved ultra expeditiously given client’s vulnerabilities using unique video-link hearing and pre-court preparation of legal argument and specialist support.
2015 Crown Court Appeal Transgender client transferred from Male to Female prison following worldwide appeal on social media. A case that continues to attract National and International press attention, and directly contributed to the recent Government reform proposals on the treatment of transgender prisoners across England and Wales. See our blog for further details.
Please note that if Matthew is in court, a friendly member of the team will be available to speak to you and will put you in touch with Matthew as soon as possible.
"Really calm, professional and reassuring in very challenging circumstances. Mathew communicated incredibly well with our very stressed and difficult teenager"