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Matthew Brook - Misconduct and Compliance

Matthew has practiced exclusively in criminal law for the past 16 years. Matthew prosecutes and defends.

For a number of years, Matthew has been instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Unit [CCU] on a very regular basis. This Unit covers the prosecution of the most complicated, and heavyweight trials in the Midlands. It is high profile and demanding work of which Matthew is understandably proud.

This work has meant Matthew has worked extremely closely with officers from a number of different law enforcement agencies. Matthew is therefore well aware of the practical difficulties, and stresses, which police officers work under on a daily basis.

Matthew also has a very deep knowledge of police systems, paperwork and methodology.

Matthew finds that this gives him an advantage when he defends. First, in highlighting flaws in the investigation, second in knowing what disclosure should have been made, and third for those cases involving negotiations with the Crown, the CPS naturally respects his opinion.

Matthew also hopes that this respect for his judgment and work would be held by the innumerable senior police officers which he has dealt with in the past, and who he might deal with in any disciplinary arena.

Matthew’s work has been centred around Birmingham, Warwick, and Worcester Crown Courts for the past 15 years. He is well known, and well respected, by the judges who sit in these courts.

Professional Experience

1995-98 Trinity Hall, Cambridge University - Law Degree - First Class.

1998-99 Bar Vocational Course - Very Competent

1999-2000 3 Fountain Court, Birmingham - Criminal Pupillage

2008 Grade 4 Prosecutor [also on Rape Panel]

March 2012 Joined 5 Fountain Court.

Examples of Recent Prosecution Cases

Operation Jericho [West Midlands Police]

Long term infiltration by undercover police into Coventry based OCG.
Instructed by CCU at pre-strike phase to give police advice into how case should be managed [over 30 defendants were arrested]
Charges arising – murder, conspiracy to supply cocaine, mortgage fraud.
15 indictments arose – instructed as junior on some indictments, and leading junior on others.
Case gave Matthew an in-depth knowledge of undercover policing methods and management.

Operation Guild [Murder – Staffordshire], Operation Clique [Drugs supply – WMP] Operation Opal [Prison escape – West Mercia]

Linked Operations which were aimed at the dismantling of the Anslow Family OCG.
Instructed by CCU as Prosecution Junior.
Case involved advising at an ACC inter-force level about sensitive disclosure matters. It also involved in-depth disclosure from Witness Protection Scheme, WMP Confidential Unit and other sensitive police units. This developed Matthew’s already extensive knowledge of police computer systems.
Case involved close liaison with National Crime Agency in relation to return of John Anslow from north Cyprus.

Operation Juice [Staffordshire Police]

Instructed by CCU as Leading Junior Counsel.
Ongoing trials involving large scale importation of drugs around the country.
Case involves liason with international law enforcement agencies, National Crime Agency, and HMRC.
The most recent of many cases where Matthew has spent many days at police stations giving the investigating officers “hands-on” case management advice and assistance.

Recent Examples of Defence

R v Nathan Slomczynzski

Historical allegations of rape and sexual assault. Concerted disclosure requests made, eventually leading to disclosure of material which seriously undermined the credibility of the Complainant. Instructed by Stephen Moore Solicitors.

R v Lawrence Payton

Allegations of possession of indecent images of children.  Guilty pleas entered to least serious counts on the indictment, following extensive negotiations with the Crown. Instructed by Glaisyers Solicitors.

R v Rouse.

Historical allegations of rape and sexual assault by the Defendant [then aged 14] against his two sisters. Allegations dated back 30 years. Instructed by Stephen Moore Solicitors.

R v Officer Z.

Serving officer charged with making/ possessing child and extreme pornography following an unsolicited Whatsapp message being sent to his mobile telephone. Matthew’s enquiries of the Crown in relation to the methodology used by the Crown’s telephone expert, highlighted the flaws in the expert’s approach and led the Crown to drop the case against the officer. Instructed by Slater and Gordon Solicitors.

R v Officer D.

Serving officer charged with breaching a non-molestation order. Following Matthew’s submissions that there was insufficient evidence, Crown Court judge instructed the Crown to offer no evidence. Instructed by Slater and Gordon Solicitors.