Matthew is a barrister and experienced public lawyer. He has full rights of audience and extensive experience working in the private and public sector. He was a central Government lawyer for 12 years – at the Treasury Solicitor, HM Treasury and the Home Office.
As a litigator, Matthew has an impressive track record in high profile, complex judicial reviews and statutory appeals at all levels of the domestic system, as well as in the European Court of Human Rights (O’Donoghue v The UK). These cases often involved sensitive human rights arguments (eg Antoniou v CNWL & Ors).
Matthew has acted in many key public inquiries and investigations of recent years: Bloody Sunday and Hutton (representing prominent Government witnesses); Equitable Life; Savile; and the Independent Inquiry in to Child Sexual Abuse. He is also currently the deputy solicitor to the Westminster Bridge and London Bridge and Borough Market Inquests respectively.
As an advisory lawyer, Matthew has worked across various sectors, including for:
Matthew has also worked on several Bill teams, steering primary legislation through Parliament, prepared legislative amendments for those seeking to deliver reform (eg in the field of international anti-corruption efforts) and drafted secondary legislation in a wide range of policy contexts.
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Chambers & Partners UK 2017
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Chambers & Partners UK 2018
Bircham Dyson Bell shows ‘great attention to detail and a commitment to secure the right outcome for its clients’, and ‘understands the importance of building up long-term relationships with its clients’. It is ‘a key player in the private client market, and has retained its strong personal service and culture that some of the larger firms can no longer provide.’
Legal 500 UK 2017