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‘Its distinguished members are routinely instructed in ground-breaking and complex cases.’Chambers and Partners 2014"


Our criminal law team is especially noted for its expertise in criminal and civil fraud and serious economic crime, with extensive experience in dealing with highly complex cases, acting for both individuals and companies. This includes corporate, banking, cartel and tax fraud as well as money laundering and other compliance and regulatory issues. Exceptional individuals in this area include Clare Montgomery QC, Lord Ken Macdonald QC, Tim Owen QC, Alex Bailin QC, Matthew Ryder QC and Andrew Bodnar. Matrix can provide advice, advocacy and consultancy assistance focussed on the implementation of anti-corruption policies. We have a particular expertise in advising on strategy at the earliest stages of an investigation. Our lawyers in this area draw upon several other fields, including commercial law, regulatory and securities law, corporate social responsibility, investigations, and employment law. They are able to advise on cross border strategy so it can be implemented internationally. Experience suggests that this is the most critical phase of any possible criminal case in which this broad range of expertise is vital.

Recent cases

Alex Bailin QC and Alison Macdonald represented Robert Tchenguiz in his damages claim against the Serious Fraud Office after he was arrested on suspicion of fraud relating to the collapse of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing. Clare Montgomery QC is currently representing Thomas Kwok in a long-running trial in Hong Kong, concerning corruption offences in one of the most high value cases the country has seen. She has also advised a number of FT100 companies on strategy and compliance. Tim Owen QC acted in Hong Kong v Hon Ming Kong in the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong, concerning conspiracy to defraud and market abuse by the Chairman of two public companies.

Our lawyers in this area

  • Alex Bailin QC Alex Bailin QC
    Called: 1995 Silk: 2010 CV
  • Joanna Buckley Joanna Buckley
    Called: 2011
  • Michelle Butler Michelle Butler
    Called: 2007
  • Edward Craven
    Called: 2007 CV
  • Anita Davies Anita Davies
    Called: 2011
  • Friedman_D_2017 Danny Friedman QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
  • Nicholas Gibson Nicholas Gibson
    Called: 2009 CV
  • Sir Anthony Hooper Sir Anthony Hooper
    Called: 1965
  • Jessica Jones Jessica Jones
    Called: 2013
  • Phillippa Kaufmann QC Phillippa Kaufmann QC
    Called: 1991 Silk: 2011
  • James Laddie QC James Laddie QC
    Called: 1997 Silk: 2012
  • Helen Law
    Called: 2005
  • Lord Ken Macdonald QC Lord Ken Macdonald QC
    Called: 1978 Silk: 1997
  • Alison Macdonald Alison Macdonald QC
    Called: 2000 Silk: 2017 CV
  • Eleni Mitrophanous Eleni Mitrophanous
    Called: 1999
  • Claire Montgomery QC Clare Montgomery QC
    Called: 1980 Silk: 1996 CV
  • Tim Owen QC Tim Owen QC
    Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
  • Raj Parker
    Called: 1983 CV
  • Matthew Ryder QC Matthew Ryder QC
    Called: 1992 Silk: 2010
  • Mark Summers QC Mark Summers QC
    Called: 1996 Silk: 2014 CV
  • Hugh Tomlinson QC Hugh Tomlinson QC
    Called: 1983 Silk: 2002
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