Matthew Sorel-Cameron

Matthew completed pupillage at East Anglian Chambers in October 2010 where he was taken on as a tenant. He had a mixed practice in civil and criminal work, before specialising in crime. He moved to Red Lion Chambers (18 Red Lion Court) in October 2014 and now practises exclusively in criminal work. He is a Level 2 prosecutor for the CPS and regularly prosecutes and defends in both Level 2 and Level 3 cases. His practice includes prosecuting and defending serious violence, fraud and drugs offences. Matthew also has in-depth knowledge of road traffic law, having conducted numerous complex cases for both defence and prosecution in both the magistrates' and Crown court.
Contributed to

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Sentencing for road traffic offences—special reasons
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains special reasons for the purposes of sections 34(1) and 44(2) of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (RTOA 1988), that is, as mitigation in respect of motoring offences. It explains special reasons (such as emergency or laced drinks) as the basis for avoiding an obligatory disqualification or obligatory endorsement of a driving license (penalty points) or reducing a disqualification from driving period. It covers why they amount to mitigating grounds or extenuating circumstances when sentencing for driving offences (but not a defence). It explains that, even where special reasons are found, disqualification or penalty points (license endorsement) remain at the discretion of the court. The procedure for arguing special reasons and the practical benefits of doing so are included in the Practice Note. Practical examples of special reasons are provided along with the questions which the court will ask.

Witness evidence during a criminal trial
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the procedural requirements and practical issues which need to be satisfied when dealing with witness evidence in criminal prosecutions in England and Wales. It covers the procedural requirements contained in the Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR), the sequence of questioning lay witnesses, examination-in-chief, refreshing the witness’ memory, dealing with previous inconsistent statements, hostile witnesses and the cross-examination and re-examination of witnesses. It also considers tendering a prosecution witness for cross-examination by the accused and an application for a witness summons in respect of a reluctant witness under section 2 of the Criminal Procedure (Attendance of Witnesses) Act 1965.

Other work

Obtaining a witness summons in criminal proceedings—checklist

This Checklist summarises the steps which need to be taken to obtain a witness summons requiring the attendance of a witness at a criminal trial in England and Wales and includes a link to the required witness summons application form in accordance with the Part 17 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR).

Practice areas

Qualifications

  • Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (Commendation)
  • BA (Hons)

Membership

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Panel

  • Contributing Author

Education

  • City Law School
  • University of East Anglia
  • University College London

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