Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Crime - North Eastern (Bar)
Matthew Harding is a respected barrister who has experience of handling the full gamut of criminal matters, including cases concerning firearms, people trafficking and dangerous driving. He also undertakes cases involving serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "He is impressive in court and if I were in trouble I would know I was in good hands if he represented me."
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Matthew Harding is an experienced and accomplished jury advocate, regularly instructed in serious matters including murder and attempted murder, people trafficking, serious violence, firearms, drugs conspiracies, high value offences of dishonesty, rape and other serious sexual offences.
He is often the counsel of choice for those with challenging cases. His instructing solicitors appreciate his clear and measured approach with those clients. He is well-known for his attention to detail and meticulous preparation.
He has a wealth of experience in the questioning of vulnerable and child witnesses, and understand the skills and approach required for this particularly challenging and sensitive area.
Matthew has a hugely effective manner with clients. Many have spoken of the care and attention he has given them and their cases. This is frequently reflected in powerful and effective mitigations, often in the most difficult and challenging matters.
He is an experienced and accomplished jury advocate and knows well the value of meticulously prepared examination of witnesses and a well-crafted closing speech.