Matthew Edwards

Barrister (Call Date: 2006)
Matthew Edwards

Matthew was incredible – in his quick absorption of my case and his delivery to the Court”

(Following a successful exceptional hardship argument)

Before being called to Bar Matthew was in the British Army, and he still serves in the Reserve.

He returned to East Anglian Chambers in 2018 after five years (including time in employed practice) as a bursar and fellow of a Cambridge college and the chair of the Bursars’ Legal and Employment committee.

Matthew previously had a flourishing criminal practice, appearing in Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal.  In 2011, the Legal 500 remarked on his ‘notable Court Martial practice’.

Matthew welcomes instructions in the magistrates’ and Crown Courts, particularly in relation to drugs, violence and motoring matters.  He also welcomes instructions on regulatory matters conducted in the criminal courts, including DVLA, environmental and Health and Safety matters.

Since returning to chambers Matthew has widened his practice, using the advocacy skills gained in his years practising crime.  He regularly represents Local Authorities in Special Educational Needs appeals in the First-Tier Tribunal and is developing an employment law practice, having recently represented both employers and employees in unfair and wrongful dismissal cases and in claims for unlawful deductions of earnings.

Court and tribunal experience

Matthew has appeared before magistrates’ and Crown Courts across London and East Anglia, and before the High Court and Court of Appeal.


BSc (Lond) in Computer Science and Mathematics, Royal Holloway, University of London (1986)
PG Dip in Defence Management, Cranfield University (1997)
MA (Lond) in Defence Studies (1998)
Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law (2005)
Bar Vocational Course, College of Law (2006)
MA (Cantab) (2017)


“Mr Edwards knew his stuff, inspired confidence and was a pleasant chap to boot” – Professional client, March 2022