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Mr Matthew Hooper

Call: 2012

Member of Middle Temple

Practice Areas


Mr Hooper practises across all areas of Civil Litigation, particularly within Personal Injury, and is regularly instructed by both Claimants and Defendants in interim applications, disposals and trials in cases allocated to any of the three case management tracks.

Mr Hooper accepts instructions to draft pleadings, advices on quantum and/or liability and aims to return all instruction within 7 days.

Experience in:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Credit Hire
  • Employers Liability
  • General Common Law
  • Low Impact RTA
  • Occupiers Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Public Liability
  • Road Traffic Accidents (RTA)
  • Tripping


Mr Hooper regularly acts for both Prosecution and Defence in applications, mentions, POCA applications, appeals, sentences and trials in the Magistrates' and Crown Court.  

Following his role as disclosure counsel in the case of R v Whitesmith & Others (see Notable cases) Mr Hooper is proficient in the use of the police 'Holmes' system.

  • Assault, Robbery and other Violent Crime
  • Burglary and Theft
  • Confiscation (including Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture)
  • Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings
  • Drug Trafficking Offences
  • Environmental Law
  • Firearms
  • Fraud and Money Laundering
  • Licensing
  • Revenue and Customs Offences

Areas of Practice

Mr Hooper was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple on 22nd Novmber 2012 as a Godfrey Heilpern Memorial Prize Scholar. Upon completion of the Bar Professional Training Course, Mr Hooper was nominated for the Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship having attained an average of 79%, ranking 6th in his year, and was awarded the St. James' Chambers Prize for Excellence in Advocacy after achieving the highest mark in his year for both civil and criminal advocacy.

Prior to joining chambers Mr Hooper spent 18 months working for Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors as a paralegal in the personal injury department where he assisted in the day-to-day running of cases, particularly within the fields of Clinical Negligence, Public Liability and Employers' Liability claims.

Notable Cases

R v Luke Clark [2015] EWCA Crim 2192 - The Court of Appeal urged Parliment to consider repealing the various primary legislation provisions relating to the giving of evidence via live link in criminal proceedings, and giving the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee a general authority to make rules to determine how and in what circumstances the criminal courts might receive evidence.

R v Whitesmith & Others (2015): Disclosure counsel and second junior for the prosecution of 11 defendants in relation to the joint-enterprise murder of Jonjo Highton inn Preston in August 2014.


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