Matthew Howarth

Call To The Bar: 2016

Matthew Howarth specialises in mainly Criminal and Regulatory Law. He has, however, a wealth of experience dealing with civil/commercial disputes and representing individuals/companies/businesses in property law disputes.

In 2020 Matthew was appointed by the Attorney General as Counsel to the Crown. He is instructed in a range of cases across Government Departments on Civil matters and Public Law.

Matthew is on the Regulatory Panel as a specialist advocate for the Environmental Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

He also represents the Crown as Level 2 Serious Crime Panel Prosecutor.

His broad experience was developed in a number of seats during his time with Baker and McKenzie in Regulatory, Eurozone Real Estate Team of the Year 2015 and Chair for Pro Bono dealing with the International Refugee Crisis.

Matthew is the Northern Circuit’s representative on the Bar Council.

Crime – Matthew deals with every aspect of criminal work from chambers. He has a particular niche for Road Traffic Offences and confiscation hearings. Matthew has prosecuted large-scale case such as Operation Valiant, which resulted in over 100 offences sentenced for gangs of youths committing serious armed offences such as robberies and section 18 assaults. He recently was instructed as defence junior counsel on a conspiracy to supply firearms and Class A Drugs.

Matthew appears in every criminal court on a wide range of cases, dealing with specialist matters on POCA. He has conducted a range of jury trials both as Prosecutor and Defence advocate.

Regulatory – As a specialist regulatory advocate Matthew is routinely instructed to prosecute and defendant serious environmental and Health and Safety offences. He has a broad range of experience in advising directors and companies on a number of offences under the HSWA, Environmental Regulations and Food Safety legislation.

Matthew has appeared as advocate prosecuting and defending a number of licensing and Trademark/counterfeit goods offences. He has successfully represented a number of companies in relation to Fraud allegations as to HGV licences and individuals in Taxi license appeals.

Civil/Commercial– Matthew is instructed in a wide range of Road Traffic Accident cases, injunctions, civil and contract disputes following his civil/commercial background at Baker and McKenzie. He has repeat instructions for a number of businesses in commercial contract disputes.

Professional Negligence – Matthew is often instructed on a wide range of professional negligence matters against and for doctors, dentists and solicitors. He is routinely instructed to draft advices, assist with letters before action and represent professional clients at court.

Property – Matthew is routinely instructed to advise on HMO licences and has represented Landlords and Tenants in Business Tenancy proceedings for Forfeiture and on Tenancy renewal applications.
He represents a number of Local Councils and Estate Agents on Possession Hearings and Landlord and Tenant Disputes.

Immigration/Judicial Review – Matthew is instructed in a broad range of immigration work. This will often be asylum claims in the Upper and first tier tribunals. He has also conducted a number of judicial review hearings.

Matthew Howarth is Public Access qualified.