Matthew Lawson is a partner in the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group in London. He has a broad-based commercial litigation and contentious regulatory practice acting for large corporates, financial institutions and the major accountancy firms.

He has particular expertise handling complex, high value disputes, often with a multi-jurisdictional element and regularly acts for clients in internal investigations and those facing investigations and proceedings by domestic and overseas regulators. In this context, he has represented clients in regulatory or professional disciplinary investigations and proceedings by the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States, the UK's Financial Reporting Council, Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office, as well as regulatory authorities in Europe.

Matthew also regularly advises corporate, financial services and accountancy clients on risk management issues, standard terms and conditions, liability structures and their insurance arrangements (including advice on policy wording, coverage disputes and captive insurance arrangements). He has spent a period of time seconded to the global in-house legal team of a Big 4 accounting firm.

Matthew has been consistently recognised in Chambers as being "singled out for his levels of expertise and concentration in delivering a fantastic service" and "a very good analytical lawyer...responsive, practical and easy to deal with."

  • Matthew's representative engagements include:

    • Acting for restructuring professionals in a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with the sale of a business.
    • Acting for a major insurance services company in relation to claims arising from the purchase and failed implementation of a new IT system.
    • Advising overseas corporates and financial institutions on interpretation of English law contracts, claims arising from sale and purchase agreements, warranty disputes, the pursuit of injunctive relief, jurisdictional issues and the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards.
    • Hutchison 3G UK Limited v O2 (UK) Limited and others: acting for a mobile network operator in relation to alleged anti-competitive behaviour by other operators.
    • Advising client in relation to private damages action arising from participation in the Vitamins cartel.
    • Satyam Computer Services Limited: Advising the UK firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd in relation to issues arising from the fraud at Satyam Computer Services in India, including investigations and proceedings by the SEC and PCAOB.
    • Madoff: acting for Ernst & Young Global Ltd and various member firms in relation to claims and regulatory investigations in Europe and elsewhere arising from the Madoff fraud.
    • Equitable Life v Ernst & Young: acting for Ernst & Young in their successful defence of a £2.5 billion claim by Equitable Life; and in regulatory and professional disciplinary investigations and proceedings by the FRC, the FSA, the Treasury Select Committee, Lord Penrose, Sir John Chadwick and the Parliamentary Ombudsman arising from the collapse of Equitable Life.
    • Sir Elton John v Price Waterhouse: successfully defending Price Waterhouse against claims by Sir Elton John.

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