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Matthew Brook KC

Call: 1999 | Silk: 2024

"Matthew Brook is very experienced, knowledgeable and good with clients. He is fantastic on legal issues, including more difficult ones."

Chambers UK 2024

"He is one of the best prosecutors I've come across. He did everything impeccably, with integrity and force."

Chambers UK 2024

"He is a very composed and prepared prosecutor."

Chambers UK 2024

"He is a talented advocate."

Chambers UK 2023

"An excellent leading junior."

Chambers UK 2022

Matthew Brook KC is a specialist criminal practitioner, and acts both for the prosecution and for the defence. He is ranked in Band 1 – Crime in ‘Chambers & Partners” 2024 rankings.

Matthew is one of the few Counsel based in the Midlands who has built up a specialist terrorism practice. Over the past 6 years, he has been instructed in a number of high-profile, complicated terrorist cases, ranging from far-right extremism to terrorism linked to the so-called “Islamic State.”

Matthew has extensive experience in both prosecuting and defending trials relating to homicide, large scale drug supply and sexual offences.

When defending, Matthew uses his extensive experience in prosecuting serious cases to his client’s benefit. This knowledge helps him highlight and take advantage of, disclosure and other weaknesses in the Crown’s case.

Expertise

Crime

Matthew Brook has been a specialist criminal practitioner since 1999. He took Silk in 2024. He is ranked in Band 1 – Crime in ‘Chambers and Partners” 2024 rankings. He acts both for the prosecution and for the defence.

Matthew is one of the few Counsel based in the Midlands who has built up a specialist terrorism practice. Over the past 6 years, he has been instructed in a number of high-profile, complicated terrorist cases, ranging from far-right extremism to terrorism linked to the so-called “Islamic State.”

Matthew has extensive experience in both prosecuting and defending trials relating to homicide, large scale drug supply and sexual offences.

When defending, Matthew uses his extensive experience in prosecuting serious cases to his client’s benefit. This knowledge helps him highlight and take advantage of, disclosure and other weaknesses in the Crown’s case.

Notable Crime Cases


R v Conrad Howarth [2022] EWCA Crim 1836

Sentencing in S58 Terrorism Act 2000 – possession of terrorist publications.


R v Paul Dunleavy [2021] EWCA Crim 39

Withdrawal of reasonable excuse defence is terrorism offences. Admissibility and scope of expert reports on Defendant’s autism.


R v PY [2019] EWCA Crim 17

Correct procedure for terminating ruling appeals by Prosecution. Scope of Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in relation to police dogs.


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"He exercises very good judgement. He has a relentlessness about him - he’s very persistent and keeps refining things to make sure he presents his cases as effectively as he can."


"He is very thorough and extremely bright." "He is diligent, hard-working and an excellent advocate."


  • BA [Cantab] Law – First Class. MA [Cantab]
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Michael Duck KC and Matthew Brook KC have successfully prosecuted two men for the murder of footballer Cody Fisher

Michael Duck KC and Matthew Brook KC [in his last junior brief] have successfully prosecuted 2 men for the murder of footballer Cody Fisher. Defendant…

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Richard Hadley and Matthew Brook will be appointed to the rank of His Majesty’s Kings Counsel

No5 is delighted to announce that Richard Hadley and Matthew Brook will be appointed as King’s Counsel by the Lord Chancellor, taking the number of…

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