Matthew Cullen

Call 2018

My Expertise
Matt Cullen

Introduction

Matthew is quickly developing a strong criminal and regulatory practice. He has already obtained a reputation for his attention to detail and his thorough preparation in all of his cases – irrespective of the type of hearing he is required to attend.

Matthew’s criminal practice exposes him to a variety of criminal offences and cases beyond his year of call. He has experience in being instructed on behalf of both the prosecution and defence and he regularly appears in Crown Courts, Magistrates Courts and Youth Courts across the country. In addition to appearing at trial, Matthew regularly advises on plea, sentence and confiscation if needed.

As part of his regulatory practice, Matthew receives instructions in a variety of areas including taxi licensing, illicit tobacco, trading standards, health and safety and environmental matters. He has specific experience in dealing with offences under the Housing Act. Matthew has appeared before a variety of tribunals including the First Tier Property Tribunal and Mental Health Tribunals. As a result of his work in Mental Health law in particular, Matthew has gained considerable experience in dealing with very vulnerable clients and in cross-examining expert witnesses.

Matthew has had recent success in the Coroner’s Court and is keen to expand this area of his practice and undertake more Inquest work.

Before starting his pupillage at St Philips under the supervision of Darron Whitehead, Matthew gained legal experience through employment as a legal costs assistant and a paralegal at a local firm of solicitors specialising in criminal law. The latter involved preparing cases in the Crown Court and providing assistance and advice to clients at police stations. He also volunteered as an advisor with his local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Outside of work, Matthew has a keen interest in sport – particularly in football and golf. He regularly looks for a physical challenge, having completed the Birmingham half-marathon, the Three Peaks Challenge and ten “Tough Mudder” events.

Crime

  • R v MT (2019) – Successfully raised self-defence at trial and secured an acquittal for a Defendant facing an allegation of assault.
  • R v PJ (2020) – Appeared for a school employee at trial in relation to an allegation of assault against a pupil which involved the cross-examination of a 5-year-old child.
  • R v RB (2020) – Instructed on behalf of one of 6 defendants in a conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs involving the use of an undercover police officer.
  • R v HW (2020) – Represented a youth in a complex sentencing hearing where he fell to be sentenced for a number of serious sexual offences and persuaded the Judge not to impose an extended period of detention.
  • R v DS (2020) – Matthew was successful in advancing his client’s basis of plea at a Newton Hearing in relation to an offence of assault against a police officer.
  • R v IH (2021) – Obtained a Suspended Sentence for a man convicted of perverting the course of justice, despite Court of Appeal authorities suggesting the need for immediate custody.

Regulatory

Recent Cases:

  • DCC v P (2019) – Appeared for a local authority in an appeal against civil penalties imposed for breaches of regulations governing Houses of Multiple Occupancy. The appeal was dismissed in relation to the imposition of all of the penalties.
  • R v VH & CHS Ltd (2019) – Secured a conditional discharge for a man accused of trading without providing a security to HMRC. No evidence was offered against the company.
  • Trading Standards v NO (2019) – Represented a man charged with 26 offences of fraudulent evasion of duty, possession of counterfeit products and breaches of tobacco regulations.
  • DCC v AIA (2020) – An ongoing case in the Crown Court where Matthew is prosecuting the owner of numerous shops for possession of counterfeit tobacco products and supplying tobacco products without the required health warnings.
  • WCC v HH & LH (2020) – Prosecuted two defendants at trial in relation to offences of unlawful subletting and tenancy fraud.
  • Insolvency Service v AW (2020) – Obtained a conviction following the use of a prohibited name.
  • BCC v C&D (2021) – Instructed to review and advise on disclosure in a case involving Housing Act offences.

Motoring & Road Traffic

  • R v OS (2019) – Secured an acquittal after trial for a delivery driver who was accused of driving without due care and attention after a crash with a motorcycle.
  • R v JB (2019) – Successfully argued exceptional hardship for a driver facing a mandatory totting up disqualification in the Magistrates.
  • R v SRAC (2020) – Secured numerous acquittals at trial for a multi-national company facing offences of failing to respond to a request for driver information (S172 offences).
  • R v OM (2021) – Instructed for trial on behalf of a taxi driver for offences of drug driving where Matthew’s pre-trial advice and early engagement helped in the Crown offering no evidence.
  • R v SW (2021) – An ongoing case where Matthew is representing a bus driver for causing death by careless driving.

Education

BPTC, BPP Law School – Outstanding
Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School – Distinction
BA (Hons), History and Politics, University of Birmingham – 2:1

Appointments and Memberships

2018 – Certificate of Honour (Middle Temple)

2017 – Jules Thorn Scholarship for BPTC (Middle Temple)

2016 – Jules Thorn Scholarship for GDL (Middle Temple)

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Criminal Bar Association