Matthew has been a solicitor in Leigh Day’s international department since November 2012, specialising in corporate accountability cases.
Matthew studied Philosophy & Psychology before training as a solicitor, and has completed an LLM in International Human Rights Law at University College, London. On qualification, Matthew spent six months working at the Office of Capital Defence Counsel in Jackson, Mississippi defending indigent persons charged with death penalty eligible offences. He then worked at Bail for Immigration Detainees, helping to secure the release from detention of asylum seekers and migrants.
Since 2012 Matthew has spent much of his time working on behalf of Nigerian individuals and communities in claims involving allegations of environmental harm caused by Shell’s operations in the Niger Delta. This includes working on a claim brought on behalf of the Bodo community which resolved in 2014 and working on the Ogale and Bille jurisdictional challenges on which the Supreme Court ruled in February 2021.
Matthew has also worked extensively on claims concerning allegations of human rights abuses against artisanal miners at British-owned mines, including in Mozambique (in claims against Gemfields Limited) and Tanzania (in claims against Petra Diamonds Limited).
Matthew specialises in seeking to hold British companies to account for serious human rights violations and environmental damage that occurs in other countries.
Supreme Court rules that polluted Nigerian communities can sue Royal Dutch Shell in the English courts
The Supreme Court has ruled that two Nigerian communities can bring their legal claims for clean-up and compensation against Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its Nigerian subsidiary in the English courts
Claim is filed over alleged human rights abuses at Tanzanian diamond mine
A claim has been filed in the high court on behalf of more than 30 Tanzanian nationals who allege human rights abuses at the Williamson diamond mine, owned by British company Petra Diamonds Limited, in Tanzania.
Supreme Court grants permission to appeal to Nigerian Communities in their fight against Shell
Lawyers representing 40,000 Nigerian farmers and fisherman from two communities in the Niger Delta, have been given permission to take their legal claim against the oil giant Shell to the UK Supreme Court.
Statement by Leigh Day in relation to the settlement of the human rights claims against Gemfields Ltd
Leigh Day represents 273 Mozambicans who allege that they, or their relatives, were the victims of serious human rights abuses at or around Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada's (MRM's) mine in northern Mozambique (a joint venture in which Gemfields is the majority stakeholder).