Matthew Purves

Senior Associate

Matthew has significant experience of advising and representing clients from a range of backgrounds and fights every step of the way for his clients.

Matthew Purves
Specialises in:
Criminal Defence, Legal aid, Driving & Motoring Offences
Wallsend office
0191 262 8231

Matthew’s has a specialism in defending serious, complex and sensitive criminal allegations. With the flexibility of representing clients from a range of backgrounds: - vulnerable individuals, organised crime gangs, professionals and business leaders.

Having qualified as a Higher Court Advocate in 2012, he has significant experience as an advocate in high profile and complex cases before Juries in the Crown Court. He fights every step of the way for his clients and is able to take on the most challenging cases leaving no stone unturned.


  • Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor
  • Has Higher Rights of Audience which allows him to appear as Advocate in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal
  • One of few local lawyers who has experience of Supreme Court (formerly House of Lords) proceedings
  • A keen interest in complex cases with medico-legal and psychiatric issues, he has worked with some of the country’s leading medical and forensic experts and has experience of cross jurisdiction applications
  • Has taken instructions in regulatory matters involving Health and Safety, Building Regulation, and Food Standard breaches
  • Represented companies facing investigations by local councils relating to Housing Act offences and Trading Standard issues.
  • Experience of difficult and complex prosecutions, dealing with medical, forensic, and cyber evidence

Having conducted trials for serious sexual offences in the Youth Court, to appearing before Juries in Murder trials at the Crown Court, and challenging unjust sentences in Court of Appeal Matthew is a well-known and well-respected advocate in the area.

Matthew has a keen interest in more serious crime, and cases with novel and complex points of interest which others may shy away from.

Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 2008.

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