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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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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's fintech practice acts for financial institutions, challenger banks, start-ups and numerous investors in the sector. The group's broad expertise covers corporate matters, such as joint ventures and M&A; regulatory advice in terms of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2)/open banking, FCA approvals, GDPR and other pertinent legislation; ICOs, cyber crime, and high value disputes concerning digital finance platforms and the provision of digital products. The practice has strength assisting clients with FCA applications, and advising on specific, complex regulatory matters in relation to the application of blockchain within the context of new digital currencies and on the launch of new cryptocurrency platforms. Under the overall leadership of digital financial services and fintech head Matthew Gough, Andrew Henderson leads the group's crypto practice and has advised several key clients, such as Nivaura, through the FCA sandbox process, which provides a restricted environment in which companies can test new tech in a live environment. Senior associate David Cook manages contentious and non-contentious matters regarding cyber crime, cyber security and data protection, including GDPR.

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

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Matthew Gough - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: IT and telecoms

Led by the 'excellent' Matthew Gough, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly well regarded for handling IT-related work for financial services companies, including on software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Gough has gained an excellent reputation in the market for advising on fintech matters, both from a contractual law perspective associated with new products developed by financial institutions, as well as in relation to providing due diligence input on M&A handled by the firm in the sector. Principal associate Eve England has a focus on supporting clients on the digitisation of their services and operating models.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Active in work across the TMT sector, including in niche areas such as consumer law, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly advises IP-rich companies on the commercialisation and protection of their IPR. The 'excellent' Matthew Gough handles a significant amount of IP work for clients in the digital financial services and fintech space, including advice on their commercial arrangements.

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