Matthew Bolt

Called in 2012

Areas of Practice
Crime, Property, Landlord & Tenant, Business & Commercial


Practice Profile

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Matthew has a busy common law practice and is available for instructions across all areas of Chambers work.

Described as hands on, easy to work with, and someone who quickly gets to the heart of a case and adds value. 


Matthew regularly appears in the County Court dealing with Landlord & Tenant matters, contract disputes, boundary disputes and covenants. Outside of court he has a busy paper and advisory practice. He also has experience dealing with TOLATA applications.

Kemsheds Trust Successfully represented Northampton County Council against developers attempting to claim ownership via inheritance of a village car park based on disputed epitome of title.

GvG Acted for the Claimant in a complex mortgage possession matter relying on the Mercantile Law Amendment Act 1856.

MvM Successfully resisted an application to enforce a building scheme by way of injunctions requiring the destruction of an extension.


Matthew regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court, and has conducted trials in cases involving a wide range of criminal offences including regulatory matters. He is also experienced in confiscation matters.

R v B (Canterbury Crown Court) Prosecuted a dangerous dogs case where a dog had been used as a weapon whilst dangerously under control.

R v W (Canterbury Crown Court) Successfully defended a businessman charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

R v M (Maidstone Crown Court) Defending as junior alone in an eight handed armed robbery matter.

R v H (Gloucester Crown Court) Successfully defended a man charged with GBH.

Court Martial

Matthew regularly defends in the Court Martial and accepts instructions both in the UK and further afield. Building on his work with the Association of Military Court Advocates he is extremely well versed in the field. He also advises those facing AGAI67 action and summary dealing. He is always happy to provide pre-charge advice.

R v SH and another [2019] WLR(D) 584 Successfully argued that rule 26 of the Armed Forces (Court Martial) Rules 2009 provided power within the Service Justice system for a case to be dismissed before arraignment.

R v D  Successfully defended a soldier accused of abusing recruits under his command.

R v H  Successfully defended a soldier in a case where service injuries had led to memory loss of the incident concerned.



Hon Society of the Middle Temple - Member

Criminal Bar Association – Member

South Eastern Circuit – Member

Association of Military Court Advocates – Membership Secretary

Service Court Rules Review Committee - Member


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