Matthew Cullen

Call 2018

Matt Cullen


Having joined chambers in October 2018, Matthew completed a specialist criminal and regulatory law pupillage under the supervision of Darron Whitehead.

Matthew’s criminal practice has already exposed 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.

Matthew also has a growing regulatory practice. He frequently prosecutes on behalf 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.

Immediately before starting his pupillage, Matthew was employed as a legal costs assistant and also volunteered as an advisor with his local Citizens Advice Bureau. Prior to that Matthew worked as a paralegal at a local firm of solicitors specialising in criminal law. This involved completing preparatory work for matters going through the Crown Court and providing assistance and advice to clients at police stations.

Matthew has a keen interest in sport, particularly in football and golf. He is also looking to complete a half-marathon in the coming year, having previously took part in the Three Peaks Challenge and ten “Tough Mudder” events.


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 EA (2019) – Successfully prosecuted an appeal against conviction and sentence to the Crown Court involving offences under the Road Traffic Act.
  • R v NC (2019) – Secured a suspended sentence for a man convicted of fraud with numerous previous convictions for the same.


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.
  • DCC v TV (2019) – Persuaded the Court on appeal to uphold a local authority’s decision to revoke a taxi licence.
  • BCC v ZB (2019) – Successfully prosecuted a parent denying education offences at trial.


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