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 and, following his time in Cambridge, can advise on data protection and freedom of information matters, particularly with regard to educational institutions.

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)