Matthew is an associate solicitor who assists Dan Leader in the international group claims department, specialising in international human rights claims against multinationals and the state.
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.
Matthew joined the human rights department at Leigh Day in 2009, where he assisted in bringing a successful group action on behalf of those neglected and mistreated at Stafford Hospital.
Matthew joined the international groups claims department at Leigh Day in 2012, and worked on the successful group action on behalf of villagers in the Niger Delta against Shell Petroleum Development Company for environmental damage and loss of earnings caused by oil spills from pipelines operated by Shell. Matthew also recently resolved a claim on behalf of a client who was tortured in the United Arab Emirates.
Matthew is particularly interested in international human rights litigation.
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).