Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a criminal barrister at Pump Court Chambers and a legal blogger.

The Acquittal of the Colston Four

The Acquittal of the Colston Four

On December 14th, 2021, the UK’s Justice Minister, Dominic Raab, wrote an article for the Times, in which he announced plans to reform the Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law. It would be replaced, he said, with a British “Bill of

Matthew Scott
Matthew Scott
13 min read
Politics
A Reasoned Judgment and a Reputation in Ruins

A Reasoned Judgment and a Reputation in Ruins

Editor’s note: Following Depp’s libel victory in Virginia, the author has written a follow-up post for his blog, which is linked at the foot of this article. Well, now it’s not just the word of British tabloid the Sun, it’s also the rather weightier opinion of

Matthew Scott
Matthew Scott
9 min read
Cinema
The Many Lies of Carl Beech

The Many Lies of Carl Beech

On July 22, a two month trial at the Newcastle Crown Court ended with the conviction of Carl Beech on 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, and one of fraud. A seemingly unremarkable NHS manager, Beech had spun a web of falsehoods naming numerous men—alive and dead—

Matthew Scott
Matthew Scott
15 min read
Crime
Germaine Greer's 'On Rape'—A Review

Germaine Greer's 'On Rape'—A Review

A review of On Rape by Germaine Greer. Bloomsbury Publishing (September 2018) 92 pages. Germaine Greer’s On Rape is roughly the size and thickness of a Beatrix Potter story. And why not? As it happens, The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck also says a great deal of what young people

Matthew Scott
Matthew Scott
10 min read
Books
The Tragic Case of Alfie Evans

The Tragic Case of Alfie Evans

Three days after Tom and Kate Evans abandoned their legal fight, their son Alfie has died. Both parents have shown immense courage over the past months and in the final few days they have demonstrated a quiet dignity as Alfie’s death approached. Inevitably, as he lay dying many have

Matthew Scott
Matthew Scott
16 min read
Top Stories