Matthew’s broad practice of general common law focuses specifically on high-tech law, in IP, commercial and cyber-crime, public law and consumer credit.

He has represented at all levels from the County Court to the Supreme Court as well as in the Employment Appeals Tribunal and a number of other specialist tribunals. His creativity as well as his friendly nature and customer care explain why so many solicitors keep coming back to him again and again.

Cyber-Crime

Matthew is a world acknowledged expert in the field of Cyber-Crime, he has advised several governments on the design of their legislative frame work and has lectured globally on the subject. He has assisted in a number of ground breaking Cyber Law cases. His book Cyber Crime: Law and Practice is the leading practitioner text in the field.

His Areas of Expertise Include:

  • Offences Involving Misuse of Computers
  • Offences Involving Data Protection
  • Offences Relating to Property
  • Offences Involving Communications
  • Offences Relating to Internet or Computer Content
  • Cyber Harassment and Cyber Stalking
  • Contempt of Court, the Internet and Court Reporting
  • Criminal Evidence and Computer Technology
  • Bit-Coin Theft and Fraud
  • Crypto Currency

Technology and Construction

 Matthew has a general interest in IT and Hi-Tech Law. His advanced qualifications in engineering allow him to understand quickly all of the technical issues in an IT or high-tech case. Many lay clients have commented on his engaged and informed manner.  Matthew is responsible for several advancements in IT law including the first injunctions served by Twitter and mobile phone and the first injunction to prevent the use of an illegal bit-torrent.

He has represented and advice in many related areas including:

  • Novel Hi-tech injunctions
  • Online harassment
  • Domain Name Disputes
  • Online Infringement of Moral Rights
  • Online Infringement of Trademarks and Copyright
  • Very Large Software Contracts
  • Telecoms Disputes
  • Negligence in Software Design
  • Online Breach of Confidence
  • Multi-Jurisdictional IT matters
  • Database rights
  • Bit-Coin Disputes

Representative Cases

  • AMP v Person(s) Unknown [2011] EWHC 3454 (TCC)
  • Lifestyle Management Ltd v. Frater  [2010] EWHC 3258 (TCC), [2010] All ER (D) 176
  • Donal Blaney v Person(s) Unknown, Times October 2009

Intellectual Property

Matthew has represented and advised individuals and companies on a wide range of hard and soft IP, and related issues.  His engineering background makes him the ideal counsel for technically involved IP matters.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Software
  • Patents
  • Parallel Importing
  • Moral Rights
  • Intellectual Property Crime
  • Passing Off
  • Trading Standards
  • Database Rights
  • Domain Name Disputes

Representative Cases

  • AMP v Person(s) Unknown [2011] EWHC 3454 (TCC)
  • Lifestyle Management Ltd v. Frater [2010] EWHC 3258 (TCC), [2010] All ER (D) 176
  • Donal Blaney v Person(s) Unknown, Times October 2009

Finance and Consumer Credit

Matthew is instructed on behalf of consumers, banks, debt collection agencies and other large financial institutions in matters arising out of consumer credit legislation.  He regularly appears at all levels of court from the County Court to the Supreme Court , settles statements of case and advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Non-contentious

In addition to his contentious work, Matthew receives regular instructions to advise a number of City institutions on non-contentious matters which have recently included the following:

  • Licensing;
  • The effect of the Consumer Credit Directive on the high net worth exemption (section 16A);
  • The rules on withdrawal from regulated agreements (section 66A);
  • The definition of credit (section 9); and as in SPPL v Walker

Contentious

Having built up a broad experience, Matthew is regularly instructed to in the following matters:

  • Mis-selling of PPI;
  • Unfair relationship;
  • Secret commission;
  • Pre-action disclosure of commercially sensitive documentation;
  • PPI mis-selling
  • Improper execution of regulated consumer credit and hire agreements;
  • Improper execution of credit agreements;
  • Non-compliance with section 78 requests; and
  • Unfair terms in consumer contracts / penalty clauses
  • Matters arising out of section 78 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974
  • Unfair terms in consumer contracts;
  • Alleged harassment by a financial institution;

He also regularly resists applications for pre-action disclosure of commercially sensitive documents and has been successful in applying for enforcement orders in cases of improper execution

Representative Cases

  • Southern Pacific Personal Loans v Walker [2010] UKSC 32

General Civil and Public

Matthew has been involved in a number of high profile matters including large multi-party High Court matters and cases involving super-injunctions and anonymous parties.

Representative Cases

  • Baxendale-Walker v. Middleton & Ors [2011] EWHC 998 (QB)
  • Southern Pacific Personal Loans v. Walker [2010] UKSC 32
  • Lifestyle Management Ltd v. Frater [2010] EWHC 3258 (TCC), [2010] All ER (D) 176
  • Donal Blaney v. Person(s) Unknown, Times October 2009
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