Claire Matthews > Chambers of Allison Summers KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Allison Summers KC
Drystone Chambers


Claire Matthews works across the South Eastern Circuit, with an exclusively criminal law practice. With a practice almost equally divided between prosecuting and defending, she has been instructed in cases including armed robbery, serious violence, firearms, child abuse, serious sexual offences, major drugs, and mental health cases. She is regularly instructed in criminal cases involving expert evidence, complex third party issues, and cases with a particular emphasis on infant death/serious injury/neglect.

She has also been instructed as junior counsel in cases of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, firearms offences, serious fraud and money laundering.

She has recently both prosecuted and defended parents/guardians in murder and manslaughter cases of alleged ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’, and has a professional interest in medico-legal evidence.


Called to the Bar 1998
LLB (Hull)


Member of Inner Temple
South Eastern Circuit (Secretary of the South Eastern Circuit Liaison Committee)
Criminal Bar Association
Junior Representative for the Cambridge & Peterborough Bar Mess
Grade 4 prosecutor and on the CPS panel of approved counsel for Rape cases


Colchester County High School for Girls; University of Hull (LLB 2(1)); Inns of Court School of Law (BVC (Very Competent)).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Claire MatthewsDrystone Chambers ‘Claire is a brilliant all-rounder. She is an excellent barrister in court. She is very good at conferences with the client, able to explain the law in a way they can understand, and gives an advice in a calm, measured manner no matter how emotive the subject matter is or difficult the client is. She is very efficient when it comes to case preparation, in terms of drafting documents on time, promptly reporting case results and being accessible to discuss cases.’