Matthew Stewart

Year of call:



2017 - The University of Leeds Law (LLB Hons) 2:1

2019 - The University of Law - Leeds Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Very Competent


2020 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers, Leeds

2021 - Tenant at Park Square Barristers

2021 - Level 1 Prosecutor

2021 - Level 2 Prosecutor



2019 - KBW Criminal Moot Finalist

2019 - 3rd Place at CEDR National Negotiation Competition

Having completed his pupillage under the supervision of Gill Batts, Matthew has developed a busy practice in prosecuting and defending in both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court. He is known for his relatable personality and fearless approach to trials which sees him regularly instructed by both the CPS and defence solicitors to act on their behalf.

Matthew has significant experience in dealing with offences of violence, dishonesty, public order and road traffic offences. Such range of experience has required Matthew to deploy his specialist knowledge in applications on matters of law, such as hearsay and bad character applications. He also has experience of dealing with sensitive matters in the Youth Court.

Matthew prides himself on his meticulous preparation and client-led approach. He is keen to continue to develop his criminal practice.

Notable cases

  • R v Allen – Instructed to represent a former headteacher charged with historic sexual offences against former pupils. Suspended sentence imposed.
  • R v N – Instructed to represent a Defendant charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs. Defendant acquitted after successfully challenging expert evidence.

Contact Matthew’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Lucy Finney on 0113 213 5220