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Matthew Gough

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Matthew Gough is Partner and office location head for the Cardiff offices.

Matthew specialises in commercial law, particularly in the areas of intellectual property (IP), information technology (IT) and commercial contracts. Matthew is rated as a Band 1 Leader in his field by Chambers Guide To The Legal Profession which states that Matthew's team is "meticulous and immensely practical" and that he is "incredibly dedicated to serving his clients' interests" and he is also noted in the Legal 500. 

Matthew and his team have a particular focus on advising clients on the implications of consumer law on their businesses and he leads Eversheds Commercial Contract practice in this area of law in the United Kingdom.

His experience includes advising a variety of clients including household names on consumer protection issues and on e-commerce matters, including distance selling legislation and he is involved in drafting commercial agreements, including agency, distribution, supply, standard terms and conditions and consultancy.

He also has extensive experience in advising upon all types of IT-related legal issues, including software licensing and development; system procurement, maintenance and outsourcing including offshore arrangements throughout the world.

Matthew regularly advises on IP, including the existence, development, ownership and exploitation of such rights.

He has a particular interest in the education, financial services, telecommunications and sports sectors and has a number of clients in each sector.

Matthew is a regular speaker on IT, IP and general commercial law. He was involved in delivering the Intellectual Property elective of the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University Law School and is a guest speaker with a number of organisations including Wales Trade International and UK Trade and Investment and teaches on the University of Bath's MBA and the University Of Bristol's Msc. He is a regular contributor to BBC radio news programmes.


Matthew is one of our specialist Brexit lawyers. Contact Matthew Gough for more information on how Brexit may affect your contracts.

View our Brexit hub for our full range of Brexit resources.


Contractual risk analysis and Brexit proofing for your IT and Outsourcing arrangements - Guiding businesses through Brexit

Using our Brexit Risk Analysis, we can help you answer your questions, understand the potential risks to your trading arrangements arising from Brexit (whether pricing, currency, regulatory, tariff, people, data or otherwise) and put measures in place to protect against those risks.


Consumer law risk analysis and Brexit proofing - Guiding businesses through Brexit

The UK’s momentous vote to leave the EU marks the dawn of an unprecedented period of uncertainty for business. The precise nature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU and the impact this will have for businesses on their arrangements with consumers is currently unknown, with there being a number of possible models for the future UK/EU trade structure post-Brexit.


Matthew has recently contributed to new consumer law videos on how our legal team can help you.
View the videos below

Consumer law: How we can help you

Consumer law: Our experience

Consumer law: Understanding the consumer rights act

Financial Services, How can we help you?

Financial Services, Why work with Eversheds?


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Matthew Gough - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: IT and telecoms

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an excellent reputation advising local and national entities from the financial services, defence and TMT sectors, across a range of work including software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Team head Matthew Gough has a  particular specialism advising on fintech matters, both in terms of the contractual issues associated with new products developed by financial institutions, as well as assisting on due diligence in relation to M&A handled by the firm in the sector. Along with principal associate Eve England, Gough also spearheads the firm's consumer law offering, and as well as their fee-earning work for clients (particularly in relation to support and advice on the IT systems used in connection with consumer contracts), both lawyers are members of the Law Society's reference group on the government’s consumer law reforms and are regularly called upon to provide input on proposed legislative changes in the area. England was also recently seconded to fast-growing technology-focused taxi group, Veezu Holdings, and provided advice to it across a wide range of IT contracts. Other clients include The National Grid, Schools Software Solutions, Scansource Europe and Nationwide Building Society.

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Intellectual property

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Led by Matthew Gough, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's two-partner team has a focus on handling non-contentious IP matters, including advice for IP-rich companies on the commercialisation and protection of their intellectual property rights (IPR), as well as assisting the firm's corporate lawyers on IP due diligence on M&A transactions handled by the firm. Gough is well-versed at handling commercial contract work and continues to represent Schools Software Solutions on app development and the attendant licensing agreements. Principal associate Eve England has significant IP experience in the digital space and also excels at advising clients on consumer law-related IP issues. England was recently seconded to fast growing technology-rich Welsh taxi company, Veezu, where she has handled a wide range of commercial and IP work for it, including on copyright matters and advising on new IP licensing and development agreements. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Places for People Group and Liverpool Victoria.

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