Crime and Regulatory Law
Matrix offers an unrivalled combination of specialist skills and experience in national and international crime and regulatory law.
Managed by a “first-rate” practice team, that is “excellent…always very helpful and flexible… organised in a thoroughly efficient fashion…very efficient and responsive…providing constructive proposals and ideas…” (Chambers and Partners, 2016), Matrix’ crime and regulatory team “…has a huge breadth of experience that it deploys in defending in proceeds of crime and international fraud trials and pre-charge advice…” (Legal 500, 2015).
The team has a reputation for being “excellent for heavyweight criminal work with members who attract substantial praise for their cerebral and academic approach to cases and whose human rights pedigree is attractive…concentrating on the more complex matters that require sophisticated counsel…Financial crime, murder, terrorism and extradition cases are all very much to the fore at a set that is seen to be inexorably on the rise…”. (Chambers and Partners, 2016)
The team is renowned for “possessing highly capable individuals who act in the most complex POCA matters and who represent individuals and commercial entities in connection with a wide variety of confiscation and restraint matters…” (Chambers and Partners, 2016)
The team is recognised for its “robust presence in the field of white-collar crime, specialising in corruption, market manipulation and insider trading, amongst other areas. Members are frequently sought after to advise on complex international fraud and regulatory matters…” (Chambers and Partners, 2016)
The team’s work encompasses • Terrorism • International criminal law • Corporate crime • Official secrets • Serious crime • Miscarriages of justice • Death-row litigation • Asset forfeiture and confiscation • Human rights litigation
Throughout 2015, we have acted on the following cases:
- HKSAR v Thomas Kwok (CACC 444/2014, Court of Appeal, 16 Feb 2016)
- Represented parties before the ECtHR in the Article 2 ECHR challenge to the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
- Advised on LIBOR.
- Acted in the Supreme Court in R v GH  on the scope of the POCA money laundering offences.
- Acted in HKSAR v Hon Ming Kong  3 HKC 160, defending the chairman of two Hong Kong companies on appeal against conviction for fraud and money laundering.
- Acting in the Litvinenko inquiry.
- Led the challenge to the Article 3 ECHR ineffectiveness of the police investigation into the ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys.
- Led the challenge to the Criminal Legal aid funding scheme for prisoners.
- Acted the challenge to Sch. 7 Terrorism Act stop and search powers surrounding the detention of David Miranda following the Snowden revelations.
- Represents Tamara Menteshvili, of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange, accused of financial misconduct
- Advised victims of Gaddafi regime who were subject to torture and rendition.
- Represented Robert Tchenguiz in connection with proceedings arising out of the SFO’s investigation into him and his brother.
- Led the misfeasance claim against Staffordshire Police on behalf of Levi Walker, convicted for murder and subsequently released following discovery of police errors.
- Acted in the inquest into the death of 15-year-old Alex Kelly who died at Cookham Wood YOI.
- Represents the government in the ‘In Amenas’ inquest into the death of six British nationals in a terrorist attack on a gas plant in Algeria.
- Led the Supreme Court challenge to criminal records checks in R (T) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester  UKSC 35.
- Appeared in the Ahmed and Fields Supreme Court appeals concerning confiscation orders and jointly acquired benefit.
- Represented the National Union of Journalists in challenging the Metropolitan Police’s monitoring of personal information about left-wing journalists whom it labelled as domestic extremists.
- Challenged the IPCC decision, following a foreseeable claw-hammer attack, not to charge police concerned with gross misconduct.
- Represented Croatia in ICJ proceedings against Serbia relating to breach of the Genocide Convention.
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