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Tim James-Matthews

Tim became a member of Matrix in October 2019 following the successful completion of his traineeship.

Called: 2018

Tim joined Matrix in October 2019. He practices primarily in criminal law and extradition, public law and human rights, and media and information law.

Tim has experience across a range of criminal law matters.

  • R v Extinction Rebellion: Instructed on behalf of a number of protesters charged with offences arising from the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests (including public order offences, obstruct PC, and obstruction of the highway).
  • R v H & ors: Acted for a defendant charged with a conspiracy to supply controlled drugs of Class A, arising from the hacking of the ‘EncroChat’ encrypted messaging system.
  • A Prosecution Authority v A Public Official: Assisted in pre-charge advices for a prosecution authority concerning potential charges of misconduct in public office against two public officials (with Clare Montgomery QC).
  • Serious Fraud Office v X: Advised a company under investigation by the SFO for allegations of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting (led by Clare Montgomery QC).
  • B v Trinidad: Advising three clients in death penalty appeals to the Privy Council (led by Alex Bailin QC, and with Jessica Jones).
  • R v M: Advised a client under investigation for an alleged breach of the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al Qa-ida (Asset Freezing) Regulations 2011. Following representations made on behalf of the client, the investigation was discontinued.
  • R v B: Successfully defended a client charged with assault by beating and criminal damage arising from a ‘road range’ incident, where the defendant alleged that he had been the victim of a racially aggravated assault by the complainant.
  • In re X LLC: Assisted in resisting the registration of an overseas restraint order pursuant to the Protocol No 36 Regulations (with Aaron Watkins).

Tim has assisted in both prosecuting and defending extradition matters under Part 1 and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003. This has included assisting in advising clients in the early stages of extradition proceedings, as well as providing assistance at a number of extradition hearings. The subject matter of these proceedings was varied, including allegations of commercial fraud, the illegal trade of antiquities, sexual offences and murder. By way of example:

  • Russian Federation v X, Y, Z: Assisted in advising a number of clients facing criminal charges in the Russian Federation for fraud arising from their commercial activities (with Aaron Watkins).
  • United States of America v I: Assisted in prosecuting an extradition case on behalf of the Government of the United States of America involving child sex offences (with Aaron Watkins).
  • France v A: Acting for the requested person in extradition proceedings raising issues concerning French prison conditions.

Tim has experience in a range of public law and human rights matters. He has worked across all stages of judicial review proceedings, from advising clients at the pre-action stage, to assisting in preparation for an appeal. Tim has a particular interest in public law cases which involve a significant criminal justice focus, including actions against the police.

  • Archer v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2020] EWHC 1567 (QB): Instructed for the claimant in civil proceedings alleging that the power for police to detain a juvenile “in his own interests” under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is incompatible with Article 5, ECHR (led by Richard Hermer QC).
  • R (Elgizouli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 2516 (Admin): Acted for the Claimant in judicial review proceedings challenging the provision of Mutual Legal Assistance to the United States of America.
  • Rights Watch (UK) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Instructed by the successful Claimants in the challenge to the appointment of Lord Carlile as the Independent Reviewer of the Prevent Programme (led by Dan Squires QC).
  • Bilal Abdul Kareem v Gina Haspel: Instructed on behalf of a number of victims and the families of victims of state-sponsored violence in Northern Ireland as amicus curiae in United States proceedings concerning the United States government ‘kill list’ (led by Hugh Southey QC).
  • Advised a political party, and a think-tank, on issues concerning electoral expenditure (including issues raising potential criminal liability) in the course of the 2019 General Election.
  • Instructed on behalf of a number of serving prisoners seeking to judicially review the retrospective amendment to release on licence arrangements made by the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 (led by Dan Squires QC).
  • Acted for claimants in a range of actions for compensation arising out of breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 by public authorities, including against the Ministry of Justice, various police services, and the Ministry of Defence.
  • Y v Ministry of Justice: Successfully acted for a prisoner subject to an allegedly unlawful strip search in prison in a civil claim.

Tim has particular experience working in quasi-criminal civil orders, including gang injunctions, anti-social behaviour injunctions, and sexual risk orders. By way of example:

  • Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v J: Acted for the respondent to a ‘Gang Injunction’ made pursuant to Part 4 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009.
  • Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v R: Successfully resisted the making of an Interim Sexual Risk Order and Sexual Risk Order against a 16-year-old child.

Tim has a wide-ranging interest in media, privacy, and data protection law. By way of illustration:

  • Advised Trustpilot regarding an order under s 13 of the Defamation Act 2013 made in connection with an online user review.
  • Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Limited: Drafting defences in the Mobile Telephone Voicemail interception Litigation.
  • Advising a television network in connection with proceedings for misuse of private information concerning the production of a reality television programme.
  • Advised a company in connection with proceedings for misuse of private information, breach of confidence, and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 arising from a criminal hack of the company’s user database.
  • Advised the distributors of a high-profile contemporary art project regarding potential criminal liability for obscenity and the publication of indecent material, and civil liability for misuse of private information.
  • Acting for a respondent in family proceedings in respect of a counter-claim alleging misuse of private information and breach of confidence (led by Tim Owen QC).
  • Advised a claimant pre-action in a libel matter arising from the reporting of an investigative journalist (led by Hugh Tomlinson QC).

Tim accepts instructions in inquests and inquiries matters. Prior to joining Chambers, Tim was a Legal Officer at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In that time, he contributed to public hearings investigating the sexual abuse of children in children’s homes operated by The Salvation Army,  a range of disability service providers, health care institutions and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, among others.

Tim has acted in, and assisted in, a number of inquests and inquiries matters, including:

  • Inquest into the death of Katie Locke: Acted for the bereaved family of a young woman murdered by a man who had been known to two police forces, two NHS Mental Health Trusts, and the National Probation Service (led by Nick Armstrong).
  • Inquest into the death of Mark Milsome: Acted for the bereaved family of a camera operator killed in the course of filming a stunt in a Netflix / BBC TV series (led by Adrian Waterman QC).
  • MA and BB v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1523 (Admin): Assisted in the preparation of the case for the intervener in this case concerning an inquiry into abuse at Brook House IRC (with Dan Squires QC).
  • Inquest into a death at HMP Woodhill: Assisted in the conduct of an inquest into a self-inflicted prison death on behalf of the family of the deceased (with Nick Armstrong).

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge.

Prior to commencing his traineeship at Matrix, Tim taught criminal law, evidence and torts at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Tim has also completed an internship at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, contributing to the Office’s conduct of prosecutions in relation to the terrorist assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri. He has been published the Law Quarterly Review, Criminal Law Journal and the University of New South Wales Law Journal, and has written for AUSPUBLAW, The Conversation, the UKSC Blog and Inforrm.

Tim is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Tim is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Tim needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Tim’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

Tim is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards

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Tim Matthews
Called: 2018

Tim became a member of Matrix in October 2019 following the successful completion of his traineeship.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Crime
  • Corporate and Business Crime
  • Extradition and Mutual Assistance
  • Fraud and Financial Crime
  • Health and Safety
  • Serious Crime (including terrorism) and Trial Advocacy
  • Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture
  • Inquests and Inquiries
  • Investigations
  • Public Law
  • Media and Information Law
  • Court Orders affecting the Media
  • Defamation and Privacy
  • Data Protection
  • Harassment 
  • Police, Inquests and Prison
  • Commercial Public Law

Tim James-Matthews

Contact Tim: TimJames-Matthews@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Tim's Practice Team (Team T): TeamT@matrixlaw.co.uk


Tim joined Matrix in October 2019. He practices primarily in criminal law and extradition, public law and human rights, and media and information law.

Criminal Law and Extradition

Tim has experience across a range of criminal law matters. R v Extinction Rebellion: Instructed on behalf of a number of protesters charged with offences arising from the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests (including public order offences, obstruct PC, and obstruction of the highway). R v H & ors: Acted for a defendant charged with a conspiracy to supply controlled drugs of Class A, arising from the hacking of the ‘EncroChat’ encrypted messaging system. A Prosecution Authority v A Public Official: Assisted in pre-charge advices for a prosecution authority concerning potential charges of misconduct in public office against two public officials (with Clare Montgomery QC). Serious Fraud Office v X: Advised a company under investigation by the SFO for allegations of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting (led by Clare Montgomery QC). B v Trinidad: Advising three clients in death penalty appeals to the Privy Council (led by Alex Bailin QC, and with Jessica Jones). R v M: Advised a client under investigation for an alleged breach of the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al Qa-ida (Asset Freezing) Regulations 2011. Following representations made on behalf of the client, the investigation was discontinued. R v B: Successfully defended a client charged with assault by beating and criminal damage arising from a ‘road range’ incident, where the defendant alleged that he had been the victim of a racially aggravated assault by the complainant. In re X LLC: Assisted in resisting the registration of an overseas restraint order pursuant to the Protocol No 36 Regulations (with Aaron Watkins). Tim has assisted in both prosecuting and defending extradition matters under Part 1 and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003. This has included assisting in advising clients in the early stages of extradition proceedings, as well as providing assistance at a number of extradition hearings. The subject matter of these proceedings was varied, including allegations of commercial fraud, the illegal trade of antiquities, sexual offences and murder. By way of example: Russian Federation v X, Y, Z: Assisted in advising a number of clients facing criminal charges in the Russian Federation for fraud arising from their commercial activities (with Aaron Watkins). United States of America v I: Assisted in prosecuting an extradition case on behalf of the Government of the United States of America involving child sex offences (with Aaron Watkins). France v A: Acting for the requested person in extradition proceedings raising issues concerning French prison conditions.

Public Law and Human Rights

Tim has experience in a range of public law and human rights matters. He has worked across all stages of judicial review proceedings, from advising clients at the pre-action stage, to assisting in preparation for an appeal. Tim has a particular interest in public law cases which involve a significant criminal justice focus, including actions against the police. Archer v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2020] EWHC 1567 (QB): Instructed for the claimant in civil proceedings alleging that the power for police to detain a juvenile “in his own interests” under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is incompatible with Article 5, ECHR (led by Richard Hermer QC). R (Elgizouli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 2516 (Admin): Acted for the Claimant in judicial review proceedings challenging the provision of Mutual Legal Assistance to the United States of America. Rights Watch (UK) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Instructed by the successful Claimants in the challenge to the appointment of Lord Carlile as the Independent Reviewer of the Prevent Programme (led by Dan Squires QC). Bilal Abdul Kareem v Gina Haspel: Instructed on behalf of a number of victims and the families of victims of state-sponsored violence in Northern Ireland as amicus curiae in United States proceedings concerning the United States government ‘kill list’ (led by Hugh Southey QC). Advised a political party, and a think-tank, on issues concerning electoral expenditure (including issues raising potential criminal liability) in the course of the 2019 General Election. Instructed on behalf of a number of serving prisoners seeking to judicially review the retrospective amendment to release on licence arrangements made by the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 (led by Dan Squires QC). Acted for claimants in a range of actions for compensation arising out of breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 by public authorities, including against the Ministry of Justice, various police services, and the Ministry of Defence. Y v Ministry of Justice: Successfully acted for a prisoner subject to an allegedly unlawful strip search in prison in a civil claim. Tim has particular experience working in quasi-criminal civil orders, including gang injunctions, anti-social behaviour injunctions, and sexual risk orders. By way of example: Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v J: Acted for the respondent to a ‘Gang Injunction’ made pursuant to Part 4 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v R: Successfully resisted the making of an Interim Sexual Risk Order and Sexual Risk Order against a 16-year-old child.

Media and Information Law

Tim has a wide-ranging interest in media, privacy, and data protection law. By way of illustration: Advised Trustpilot regarding an order under s 13 of the Defamation Act 2013 made in connection with an online user review. Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Limited: Drafting defences in the Mobile Telephone Voicemail interception Litigation. Advising a television network in connection with proceedings for misuse of private information concerning the production of a reality television programme. Advised a company in connection with proceedings for misuse of private information, breach of confidence, and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 arising from a criminal hack of the company’s user database. Advised the distributors of a high-profile contemporary art project regarding potential criminal liability for obscenity and the publication of indecent material, and civil liability for misuse of private information. Acting for a respondent in family proceedings in respect of a counter-claim alleging misuse of private information and breach of confidence (led by Tim Owen QC). Advised a claimant pre-action in a libel matter arising from the reporting of an investigative journalist (led by Hugh Tomlinson QC).

Inquests and Inquiries

Tim accepts instructions in inquests and inquiries matters. Prior to joining Chambers, Tim was a Legal Officer at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In that time, he contributed to public hearings investigating the sexual abuse of children in children’s homes operated by The Salvation Army,  a range of disability service providers, health care institutions and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, among others. Tim has acted in, and assisted in, a number of inquests and inquiries matters, including: Inquest into the death of Katie Locke: Acted for the bereaved family of a young woman murdered by a man who had been known to two police forces, two NHS Mental Health Trusts, and the National Probation Service (led by Nick Armstrong). Inquest into the death of Mark Milsome: Acted for the bereaved family of a camera operator killed in the course of filming a stunt in a Netflix / BBC TV series (led by Adrian Waterman QC). MA and BB v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1523 (Admin): Assisted in the preparation of the case for the intervener in this case concerning an inquiry into abuse at Brook House IRC (with Dan Squires QC). Inquest into a death at HMP Woodhill: Assisted in the conduct of an inquest into a self-inflicted prison death on behalf of the family of the deceased (with Nick Armstrong).

Education and Background

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge. Prior to commencing his traineeship at Matrix, Tim taught criminal law, evidence and torts at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Tim has also completed an internship at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, contributing to the Office’s conduct of prosecutions in relation to the terrorist assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri. He has been published the Law Quarterly Review, Criminal Law Journal and the University of New South Wales Law Journal, and has written for AUSPUBLAW, The Conversation, the UKSC Blog and Inforrm. Tim is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Tim's Privacy Notice

Tim is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Tim needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Tim’s privacy notice in full, please see here.