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Professor Takis Tridimas is a leading author in European Union law and his work as barrister covers the whole spectrum of EU law and the European Convention of Human Rights. He specialises in public law and judicial review, competition law, company law, banking and financial services, commercial law, and conflict of laws. Since 2008, he has been advising both the banking sector and state organizations on matters relating to the financial and the Eurozone crisis.

He has handled cases before the Supreme Court of the UK, the European Court of Justice, the EU General Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. He has been involved, among others, in cases on economic sanctions, competition law, mergers, asylum, mutual recognition of professional qualifications, customs law, extradition of tax offenders, free movement of goods, persons and services, EU constitutional law, employment law, and EU external relations. He has acted for individuals and corporations as well as for HM Customs and Excise, and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Takis has been retained at various times as counsel or consultant by all EU institutions, namely the Council of Ministers, the Commission, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank and, the Court of Auditors. He was also legal secretary for Advocate General Sir Francis Jacobs at the European Court of Justice.

Takis is one of the most frequently quoted academic authors by Advocates General of the European Court of Justice and, on matters of EU law, by English courts. His academic work has also been cited by Belgian and Irish courts. For a list of cases where Takis’s work has been cited by English and European courts, click here. He speaks regularly in international conferences on EU and financial law and has often appeared in the media in the UK, Europe, and the United States, most recently in relation to the financial crisis.

He is also qualified as a Greek advocate and offers advice in Greek law, especially company, commercial, tax, and administrative law. He has acted as expert witness on Greek law in English courts.

In 2003, Takis was senior legal advisor to the EU Presidency. He chaired the Group set up by the EU Council of Ministers to draft the Accession Treaty by which eight States of Central and Eastern Europe, plus Cyprus and Malta, joined the EU on 1 May 2004. He was also involved in the discussions over the proposed EU Constitution and giving legal advice on the UN plans for reunification of Cyprus.

Takis became a member of Matrix in April 2004. He was previously a tenant of Hailsham Chambers.


Chair of European Law, Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London (2013)
Sir John Lubbock Professor of Banking Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London (since 2004)
Nancy A. Patterson Distinguished Scholar and Professor, School of Law, Pennsylvania State University (since 2004)
Independent, non-executive director, EFG Eurobank Ergasias SA (since 2006)
Professor of European Law, College of Europe, Bruges (since 1999)
Legal Advisor on EU Law to the EU Presidency held by Greece (2003)
Référendaire at the European Court of Justice (1992-1995)


Chair, EU Council Group for the Drafting of the Treaty of Accession to the EU of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia (2003)

Takis accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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“A leading writer on EU law, as well as a busy barrister practising in this area. He is active across all areas of EU law, and has particular expertise in human rights cases.”

“Covers a broad range of disputes within EU law and human rights including those relating to sanctions, constitutional law and competition. He acts for individuals and corporations and has experience of being retained on a consultancy basis by all of the EU institutions.”

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