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Matt Ward

Year of Call: 2020


University of Leicester - BA English (First-Class Honours) 

University of Leicester – Modern Literature (Distinction) 

BPP University – GDL (Commendation) 

City University – BPTC (Very Competent)


Winner of 2022 Kalisher Essay Prize  

Winner of 2021 ICLR Pupillage Award 

Recipient of Major Exhibition Award by the Inner Temple, 2018-19

Recipient of AHRC Research Preparation Master’s Scholarship, 2014

Areas Of Work:


Matt joined 9KBW as a tenant in November 2023, following a short probationary period. He completed pupillage at another London set, during which he acquired various experiences, such as undertaking private prosecutions and conducting a disclosure review for HMRC. Matt assisted HHJ Mayo KC with research on recent developments in the criminal law for updates to the 2023 edition of the Crown Court Index. 

He is now actively building a busy Crown Court practice in both prosecution and defence work, dealing with matters ranging from the supply of class A drugs to serious violence, fraud, and possession of weapons. He also accepts instructions in regulatory law, frequently presenting cases on behalf of the NMC.

Before coming to the Bar, Matt worked in a number of pastoral roles in both mainstream and specialist education as well as for a community action charity based in east London. He also worked as a paralegal for a firm of defence solicitors, preparing heavyweight criminal cases. 


Inner Temple

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

CPS Panel Grade 

NMC External Counsel 

Mr Matt Ward is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and his details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Mr Matt Ward holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Mr Matt Ward is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Mr Matt Ward provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website  http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/




Atticus Blick, has peer-reviewed article published in the Journal of Criminal Law on the whole life order sentencing regime
In the wake of cases such as the Sarah Everard murder, our pupil barrister, Atticus Blick, has a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Criminal Law setting out a practitioner friendly overview of the whole life order sentencing regime and its implications for human rights domestic and international law.

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Chambers welcomes three new Tenants to 9 KBW
Chambers are delighted to announce that, following successful completion of pupillage, offers of Tenancy have been made to and accepted by Harry Stallard, Piers Walter and Sam Lubner. Our new members will practice in Criminal, (prosecution and defence) Regulatory and Animal Welfare Law. We are so pleased to welcome each of them to the 9 KBW team.

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Matt Ward Joins 9 KBW
Chambers are delighted to announce that Matt Ward has accepted an offer of Tenancy, following a very successful probationary tenancy at 9 KBW. Matt practices in Criminal (prosecution and defence) and Regulatory Law. A big welcome Matt to the 9 KBW team!

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New Pupils join the 9KW team
Chambers are delighted to welcome 3 new pupils to the 9 KBW team; Neil Sturman, Atticus Blick and Harriet Snookes. We very much look forward to working with them in the coming year.

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Louisa Wheeler joins 9 KBW as Chambers Practice Manager
Chambers are delighted to welcome on board Louisa Wheeler as our Practice Manager. Louisa has a wide range of experience in both fee billing and administration in Chambers and will provide invaluable assistance and support to our Senior Clerk in the day to day clerking of 9 KBW’s diary and fees management.

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