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 Magistrates Courts, Youth Courts and Crown Courts across the country. He is currently listed as a Grade 1 Prosecutor and continues to obtain more experience in trial advocacy.

As part of his growing regulatory practice, Matthew receives instructions in a variety of areas including taxi licensing, illicit tobacco, trading standards, housing/HMOs and environmental matters. He frequently prosecutes on behalf of a number of local authorities and 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.

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

Recent Cases:

  • R v MT (2019) – Successfully raised self-defence at trial and secured an acquittal for a Defendant facing an allegation of assault.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • R v JB (2019) – Successfully argued exceptional hardship for a driver facing a mandatory totting up disqualification in the magistrates.
  • 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 after a trial in the Youth Court.

Regulatory

Recent Cases:

  • DCC v AG (2019) – Successfully prosecuted a landlord at trial for failing to comply with improvement notices and prohibition orders issued under the Housing Act – with the case resulting in substantial fines.
  • 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.
  • WMP v RA (2019) – Instructed on behalf of the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and successfully obtained a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
  • WCC v HH & LH (2020) – Prosecuted two defendants at trial in relation to offences of unlawful subletting and tenancy fraud.
  • BCC v VV (2020) – Successfully prosecuted a man at trial for knowingly causing waste to be fly-tipped from a van, despite the van being registered to another individual.
  • 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.

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