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Matthew is a Barrister at Trinity Chambers and practises in both domestic and international law
Matthew specialises in advising and representing clients in commercial matters, bringing robust criminal Crown Court advocacy experience where needed. Matthew’s practice focuses particularly on property matters. Examples of Matthew’s recent trial and advisory experience includes subjects such as:
Matthew is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Counsel. He receives regular instructions to represent government departments in cases of complexity and sensitivity, particularly claims of unlawful detention and under the Human Rights Act.
Before joining Trinity Chambers, Matthew worked for a leading commercial litigation firm in Canada named Lenczner Slaght LLP. He worked on an array of cases from the high profile (such as a three-month inquest into the police shooting of three mentally-ill people) to disputes with international elements (such as defamation by Canadian businessmen against a newspaper in India).
Matthew has an in-demand defence practice. Matthew receives repeat instructions for difficult cases such as fraud, violence and other serious offences. Matthew has appeared in Courts across the country and has defended cases prosecuted by Queens Counsel and Senior Juniors. Matthew has also appeared for the Home Office and other government bodies.
Examples of Matthew’s cases include:
R v Ciosek and others. Month-long fraud trial. Prosecuted by a QC.
R v Farish. Month-long fraud trial.
R v Dobbing and others. Conspiracy to possession firearms with intent.
R v Duffield. Month-long trial for conspiracy to supply heroin.
R v Gill. Month-long violent disorder trial involving members of the English Defence League.
R v Marsay and Marsay. £1,000,000 tax evasion.
R v Stamp and others. Conspiracy to commit violent disorder.
Throughout his professional career, Matthew has been involved in international criminal, human rights and humanitarian law. He has worked on cases involving Libya and the International Criminal Court, a case concerning Cuba and international human rights and advisory work on war crimes in Bangladesh.
While at Chambers, Matthew has developed his international practice, such as acting as a legal consultant on the appeal and re-trial team of Jovica Stanišić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Matthew was also engaged by international firm Global Rights Compliance (GRC) to advise United Nation entities about laws passed by a government. Matthew was engaged by GRC as part of the International Criminal Court and international humanitarian law reform project in Ukraine funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. As part of this, he appeared across the Ukrainian press on matters to do with the ICC and the Ukrainian revolution.
Recently, Matthew was led by Toby Hedworth Q.C. in the matter of Spain v Crozier at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The team opposed a European Arrest Warrant successfully on legal grounds.
Matthew co-authored two book chapters that were published in authoritative texts by Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan. He is a fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies and a member of the British International Studies Association.
Attorney General's Regional C Panel of Counsel (2018)
W. Jordash QC and M. R. Crowe, ‘Evidentiary Challenges for the Defence: Domestic and International Prosecutions of International Crimes’, in E. van Sliedregt and S. Vasiliev, Pluralism in International Criminal Law (OUP, 2014).
W. Jordash QC and M. R. Crowe, ‘Comparing Fairness and Due Process at the SCSL with the ad-hoc Tribunals: The Consequences for Transitional Justice’, in K. Ainley, R. Friedman and C. Mahony (eds) Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Environmental Law Review Update, Sage Publications.This is a quarterly publication written by members of Trinity Chambers and Newcastle University. It addresses the changes in environmental law over the preceding quarter with accompanying commentary.
‘The International Criminal Court and Maidan’, UCMC November 2015 (and others).
Other miscellaneous publications.
The Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship
Harold G. Fox Scholarship;
The Queen Mother's Scholarship;
The Middle Temple Certificate of Honour;
The Linda Sykes Memorial Prize;
The New Park Court Chambers Prize;
Dickinson Dees Honour Roll;
Ben Hoare Bell Contribution Roll.
Academic Visitor (2013-14), University of Toronto;
Fellow, Center for International Legal Studies;
Associate Member, BISA;
External Member, Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies;
M Law (BPTC), Northumbria;
The FDI Moot in Boston, USA;
FDI Clifford Chance Moot in Warsaw, Poland;
The K.K. Luthra Memorial Moot Competition in Delhi, India.
Until recently, Matthew was a Consultant for Global Rights Compliance LLP, which is an advisory firm specialising in international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law and business and human rights. Its work includes advising the Council of Europe, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and foreign states.
Matthew lectures at local universities and judges a number of moots including the international FDI Moot, the international Jessup Moot and others.
Matthew is qualified to accept instructions direct from businesses and individuals, ask a member of the clerking team if you have a direct access enquiry.