Matt is a partner and is head of the regulation and sports law team.
He specialises in professional disciplinary matters, financial regulatory matters and the protection of intellectual property rights and copyright in both civil and criminal matters. Matt advises people and organisations on sports law, including individual, professional and amateur sportsmen and women as to regulatory and disciplinary issues.
Matt has Higher Rights of Audience to appear as an advocate in all courts. He regularly acts as an advocate in disciplinary and regulatory proceedings before Disciplinary and Appeal Tribunals.
Matt has been listed in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 since 2009 as a leader in the fields of professional discipline and sports law. Sources in Chambers UK (2018) comment "the breadth of his legal knowledge and experience in other areas is impressive and means he always gives advice which is both legally sound and refreshingly pragmatic".
The Legal 500 (2017) notes that Matt is "savvy, responsive" and "vastly experienced" with "expertise in criminal and civil remedies for IP infringements". He is also described by The Legal 500 (2016) as “a joy to work with”.
Matt joined Russell-Cooke in 2005 and was appointed partner in 2009.
- Retained by Sky UK to advise and represent the company in relation to breach of contract and breach of intellectual property rights before the County Court, Chancery Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (Sky UK PLC v French 2016 being the latest IPEC case to be ruled on)
- Advises and represents Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) in respect of nationwide prosecutions in relation to copyright and intellectual property right theft in matters ranging from summary trials at the Magistrates' Courts through to hearings at the High Court (FACT v Merlin Inns and others 2016 resulting in a company being ordered to pay fines and costs in excess of £120,000)
- Regularly retained by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to protect its member and the public interest in prosecuting those who seek to become Architects by relying on false information via Architects Act and Fraud Act prosecutions
- Appointed by Lidl UK as the independent service provider for their online regulation compliance reporting systems and whistleblower policy
- Advised and represented clients in relation to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) financial regulatory proceedings
- Led the Russell-Cooke regulation team in defending clients of charges of cheating the revenue in the first prosecution brought by HMRC as a result of information received from the stolen HSBC data that was passed into the control of the French government (R v Shanly, 2013) and in respect of individuals from international banks involved in LIBOR investigations in the UK, Japan and USA. He has also represented trustees of charities in relation to investigations into their operation by the Charity Commission
- Instructed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as a solicitor advocate in regulatory matters and carried out prosecutions for 'holding out' offences under the Solicitors Act 1974
- Regularly instructed to advise and represent individuals and entities regulated by the SRA in proceedings dealt with by way of ‘Regulatory Settlement Agreement’ or before full hearings at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Matt has an extensive sports law practice and cases with which he has dealt include:
- advising Newcastle United FC as general counsel regarding media coverage of the football club
- representing Chelsea Football Club and all players involved in the FA investigation into the Mark Clattenburg Race Row matter
- Sources in Chambers UK (2018) comment "the breadth of his legal knowledge and experience in other areas is impressive and means he always gives advice which is both legally sound and refreshingly pragmatic"
- Sources stated in Chambers UK (2017) say he "possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge" and that "he knew every detail of our case."
- Chambers UK (2015) describe him as being "very capable and very highly thought of..."
- Described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "savvy, responsive" and "vastly experienced" with "expertise in criminal and civil remedies for IP infringements"
- Listed in the Thomson Reuters 'London Super Lawyers' list (2015)
- Member of the Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers (IMLPO)
- Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- Member of the City of Westminster and Holborn law Society (CWHLS)