Matthew Heywood

"Matthew Heywood is a real fighter. I felt he was totally committed to my case"


"Barrister For Me gave fantastic client care. Matthew Heywood ensured a great result was obtained."


Matthew Heywood

Specialist Criminal & Family Barrister

Matthew is an experienced practitioner who is committed to every client who instructs him. His solid and determined approach makes him a first choice for many. Matthew is a versatile barrister who truly wants to obtain the best outcome possible for his clients. He has over 10 years of experience in his specialist areas and is able to offer a first class service.

Criminal Work

Matthew prosecutes and defends at all levels including the Court of Appeal. He has been instructed in a broad range of cases including matters involving serious complex crime, fraud, white collar crime, serious violence (including Murder), arson, large scale drugs supply, dishonesty, public order and sexual offences. Matthew is known for his meticulous preparation and determination when dealing with all his cases.

Matthew has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to road traffic offences and knows how important these proceedings can be to some people.

Matthew also prosecutes and defends regulatory crime including compliance, environmental health, trading standards and health & safety.

Family Work

Matthew has experience in a wide range of Public and Private Children Act matters appearing at all levels including the High Court & Court of Appeal. Matthew regularly appears in public law cases where serious domestic violence, chronic neglect or non-accidental injuries are central to the issue in the case. He frequently deals with clients with severe learning difficulties and is known for his ability when dealing with the most testing of clients.

Matthew also accepts instructions in cases that involve human rights, cross-jurisdictional issues and the consideration of the Hague Convention.

What the clients say

“…Could you please forward my thanks to Matthew Heywood for his diligent, tactful and forthright representation of me at Court during last week’s final hearing…” (Family case. 2015)

“…Fantastic client care. A great result obtained…” (Criminal case. 2015)

“…A real fighter. I felt he was totally committed to my case…” (Family case. 2015)

“…A strong ability to pick up on complex issues quickly…” (Criminal case. 2015)

“…I felt Matthew was really dedicated to my case…” (Family case. 2014)

Areas of Law

Family and Children
Motoring Offences