Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits
Matthew Holdcroft defends human rights claims arising from the police's failure to investigate, in addition to claims regarding unlawful arrest, assault and misfeasance in public office. He is also noted for his strength in police disciplinary hearings.
Strengths: "A good choice for a police force: he's a barrister who can be quite devastating in cross-examination, and you know the witnesses will be getting a thorough questioning."
Recent work: Successfully represented Derbyshire Police at first instance and on appeal, in claims for unlawful arrest and assault brought by individuals who were arrested in the course of burgling their own flat.
Professional Discipline - London (Bar)
Matthew Holdcroft is a dynamic barrister who is well known for his representation of police forces in disciplinary hearings. He offers strong expertise in matters involving the use of excessive force and assault. He has also presented a number of cases concerning officers' behaviour off duty.
Strengths: "He's done some really quite impressive work."
Recent work: Acted in a police misconduct hearing relating to TikTok posts containing offensive language, made by two officers while in uniform, on police premises and utilising police vehicles.
Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)
Matthew Holdcroft is admired as a thoroughly modern barrister who can be relied upon to find the right tone in the most sensitive cases. He is a firm favourite of police forces and additionally represents the NHS in high-profile inquests and public inquiries.
Strengths: "He is very approachable and very grounded in his approach." "He always looks at the bigger picture and comes up with practical solutions. He's also very good with clients."
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Matthew Holdcroft was called to the Bar in 1998. He is a leading junior barrister who specialises in public law, with a particular emphasis on the police. High profile work includes the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Hillsborough inquest, the disciplinary proceedings relating to Plebgate, Kingsley Burrell and the death of Ian Tomlinson and advising in relation to aspects of the Jimmy Savile investigation. He appears in personal injury cases for clients including Tesco and Sports Direct. An earlier edition notes that he is “… a very good jury advocate, who is persuasive and thorough” and “a clever and highly astute tactician” who is “very pleasant and client-friendly”. Please visit the Serjeants' Inn website for his profile, which sets out full details of his practice including relevant work of note.
Called to the Bar in 1998
ALBA, PIBA, ARDL
Matthew regularly writes articles for a number of publications and lectures on all areas and aspects of his practice