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.
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/