Matthew Buckland

Call 1998

"Deft and subtle."

The Guardian

The case was masterfully defended by Matthew

Criminal Law and Justice weekly

"Matthew has a professional but affable style and provided accurate and realistic advice throughout. He was very responsive to my requests for information and help which was invaluable at a time of great personal stress in a case that took over 16 months to reach conclusion. His performance in the court room was confident, convincing and composed and I was extremely grateful to have him as my counsel."

Recent client feedback

"Extremely bright and shrewd"

Legal 500

"Matthew is extremely bright and shrewd. He has a phenomenal work ethic. Clients appreciate his direct, smart approach."

Legal 500 2021


An advocate described by Criminal Law and Justice Weekly as “masterful” and by the Guardian as “deft and subtle”.

Calm, measured, strong and persuasive; Matthew brings intellectual rigour and confidence to every case he takes on.

Instructed in many high-profile cases involving serious and organized crime- extensive experience in defending those accused of being involved in the supply of drugs and/or laundering the proceeds.

Regularly instructed in cases of homicide or incidents of serious violence.

Separate niche specialization in Obscenity offences and extensive experience dealing with sexual offences committed online.

Notable Crime cases

Instructed in several ongoing complex Encrochat cases including the current spearhead case R v ACBD Complex legal submissions on the lawfulness of police and other state agents’ activities.


Large scale supply of drugs throughout South Wales. Acquitted.


Heroin importation – acquitted.

Operation Cartoon

Acting for the Lead defendant in massive heroin importation case.

Ventre - Operation Venetic

Drugs and firearms – Acquitted.


Successful Newton Hearing reducing culpability from 30 kilos to the admitted 8 kilos.

Fensome - Murder

James Foy - Murder

Sandhu - One punch manslaughter

Junior alone.

Daniel - Kidnap and armed robbery



R v F

Lorry – jacking- Acquitted of the principal conspiracy – convicted of HSG.


Barrister charged with extreme pornography offences – Acquitted.

Twink trial

A professor charged with IIOC – acquitted.


A teacher at a Public school charged with extreme pornography. Acquitted of 3 of the 4 counts. Non- custodial sentence.

Represented many professionals including a COO of a financial institution, a pilot, a nuclear scientist, and a doctor.

Instructed in many of the major frauds of the last decade and with a strong record of arriving at successful outcomes.

Notable Business Crime & Fraud cases

Operation Amazon

Largest tax fraud ever prosecuted. Successfully defended a city professional said by the Crown to be at the heart of the funding mechanism of the fraud.


Acquittal in a money laundering case arising out of a fraud on the Candy brothers.

Operation Eggcups

Very large VAT fraud.

Operation Bamburgh

Mortgage Fraud on a huge scale. Professional client.

Operation Coponent

A novel and complex fraud on McDonalds.

Operation Vex

A VAT fraud on an almost unprecedented scale.

Vantis Fraud

Accountants prosecuted for aggressive tax avoidance scheme- client acquitted.

R v Lagan

Olympic ticket fraud.

R v Ahmed

Fraud by breach of trust and an attempt to obtain substantial property portfolio by deception.

Instructed by Professionals and third parties to intervene in Proceedings or seek to challenge POCA outcomes in Higher Courts.

Notable Asset Forfeiture & Civil Recovery cases


Application under section 23 and Admin Court for Habeas Corpus.


Proceedings under the Criminal Justice Act 1994. Acting for an accountant charged with orchestrating a highly complex and sophisticated money laundering scheme. A leading case on proportionality.


Advice on restraint orders and POCA proceedings arising out of allegations of drug supply.


Advice on restraint and complex arguments on principles of joint ownership.


Complex confiscation where Prosecution had returned properties and cash to victims. Abuse issues and proportionality arguments.

I have represented nurses, accountants and surveyors before their respective professional disciplinary bodies, or in the High Court when seeking to overturn a previous decision.



Legal 500
Crime: ‘Matthew is a great jury advocate and has a busy crime practice.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Fraud:Crime: Ranked Tier 4


Legal 500
Fraud:Crime: “Matthew is extremely bright and shrewd. He has a phenomenal work ethic. Clients appreciate his direct, smart approach.”
Ranked: Tier 3


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