Matei Clej works in the Criminal Appeals department at Wells Burcombe. He has 7 years' experience as an NRPSI-registered Romanian interpreter in courts and police stations across London and the South East. He has a wealth of practical experience of the criminal justice system, from police station investigations all the way through to proceedings in both the Magistrates and Crown Court. He has worked extensively with vulnerable witnesses and defendants in cases of people trafficking and sexual offences.
Prior to joining Wells Burcombe as a consultant, Matei gained valuable experience as a paralegal in a criminal defence practice in London where he was responsible for reviewing evidence and advising clients in preparation for trial.
He holds an LLB in Law from Birkbeck College and has completed the Bar Professional Training Course at City Law School. He is also an accredited representative for employment law with the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and a qualified Restorative Justice facilitator. In 2016, he appeared in Undercover Migrant, a documentary by Vice UK investigating London's informal economy in unskilled labour. In his spare time he competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and muddles through beginner's Russian.