Matthew Brook is a specialist criminal practitioner. He acts both for the prosecution (Grade IV) and for the defence.
Matthew is one of the few Counsel based in the Midlands who is on the CPS list to prosecute terrorism cases. He has acted both as Leading Junior and Junior in such cases. He has prosecuted a wide range of terrorism cases, ranging from far-right extremism to terrorism linked to the so-called “Islamic State.”
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.
Matthew has particular expertise in drug supply and trafficking cases. He is well versed in both prosecuting and defending cases which involve undercover police officers [including test purchase officers] and cases where evidence/ information has been obtained under RIPA authorities.
Matthew is used to making and opposing confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He is conscious that both his professional and lay client often welcome particular assistance when faced with this complex area of law.
Matthew considers that early case preparation is often key to the successful resolution of cases. To this end, he is always willing to discuss cases with instructing solicitors whether in person, by telephone or in writing. His aim whenever giving advice is that it should be clear, practical and realistic.
“He is very thorough and extremely bright.” “He is diligent, hard-working and an excellent advocate.”
Chambers UK 2020
BA [Hons] [Law]