Matt Beard

Chartered Legal Executive


01323 430430 / 07545 256477

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Areas of law:

Police Station, Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court, Crime and Investigation, Motoring Solicitors, Crown Court

Matt is a Chartered Legal Executive and is based in the Crime team at our office in Eastbourne.  Prior to his career in the law, Matt worked in the RAF as an Aircraft Engineer, specialising in Weapons Systems and therefore brings with him unique insight into cases involving explosive safety, firearms law and military law.  At Reeds, Matt also deals with the full spectrum of criminal work; diligently advising clients at the Police Station, robustly defending them at the Magistrates Court, and expertly litigating cases at the Crown Court.

His past career in the military means that Matt is naturally extremely thorough and acutely organised in his preparation of cases.  Having worked on safety critical and explosive equipment for years he has a high level of attention to detail, which has easily translated to his ability to identify legal technicalities, and carry out detailed legal research where appropriate.

Clients find him very approachable, and he prides himself on providing them with clear and concise advise from the early stages at the police stages right through to trial and the conclusion of their case.  Matt is completely committed to providing clients with a quality service, and takes an active role in the litigation of cases at the Crown Court; working very closely with instructed Counsel to help achieve the best possible outcome for every case he deals with.

Notable Cases

R v M and others 2015 – acquittal after trial of £13 million pound drug importation. Co-defendants all found guilty. Attracted high level of media interest. Litigation.

R v R [2016] & [2017] – acquittal after trial of rape twice (litigation). Client was charged with rape of his partner, and following detailed analysis of his phone, found text messages to prove his innocence. There was later a second allegation, and Matt litigated on that second trial, and secured a second acquittal.

R v B and others [2018] – litigation. £100k plus fraud case. Detailed research into lifestyle provided information to put to jury and secure acquittal. Co-defendants found guilty.