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Harry Matovu QC

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)

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Litigation – commercial; energy; international commercial arbitration; litigation – insurance/reinsurance.


Harry Matovu is a Silk with a wide-ranging practice including general commercial litigation and arbitrations, civil fraud, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance law, oil and gas law, and public and private international law. He has been instructed in a number of high-profile cases over the years, including: the Lloyd’s Litigation in the 1990s; the MMR Vaccine Litigation; Mbasogo v Logo Ltd [2007] QB 846 (Court of Appeal), [2005] EWHC 2034 (Davis J) and President of Equatorial Guinea v Royal Bank of Scotland International [2006] UKPC 7 (litigation arising out of an attempted coup in 2004 against the Government of Equatorial Guinea, listed by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases for 2006, 2007 and 2008); Kent County Council v Secretary of State for Education [2011] EWHC 217 (Admin) (successful challenge to one of the major spending cuts of the present Government, listed by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases for 2011); Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc [2011] 1 All ER (Comm) 933, [2013] EWHC 2767 (Comm) (a US$1.7 billion Commercial Court action concerning oil exploration rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, listed by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases for 2012); Alliance Bank JSC v Aquanta Corp [2012] EWCA Civ 1588, [2013] 1 All E.R. (Comm) 819 (billion-dollar Kazakh bank fraud claim). He has also recently advised on a major LNG shipping dispute and on farm-out agreements in respect of offshore exploration blocks. With regard to energy disputes, in addition to Excalibur and other cases, Harry Matovu is currently engaged in a US$500m power sector fraud action before the High Court of Tanzania (the heaviest civil action yet to come before that court).  With regard to banking and finance, he has recently acted successfully in a billion-dollar Kazakh bank fraud claim; and in a substantial longevity swaps dispute between a Swiss investment fund and a leading global investment bank.  In relation to insurance and reinsurance, Harry Matovu has acted over the years for and against insurers, reinsurers and brokers across almost all classes of business in the London Market. Harry Matovu is also regularly instructed in major international and domestic commercial arbitrations, and he sits as an arbitrator.


Called 1988, Inner Temple; QC 2010; bencher, Inner Temple 2012.


Bar Council Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee 1996-98; Bar Council Professional Standards Committee 2005; Commercial Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; International Bar Assocation; London Court of International Arbitration; Trustee, The Personal Support Unit (an independent charity providing advice and support to litigants in person and members of the public attending court).


Eton College; Balliol College, Oxford (1985 BA); University of Westminster (1986 Dip Law).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersVery considered and commercial and brilliant to work with.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersThe consummate cross-examiner; superb on his feet.

Within: Energy

Excellent across a range of disciplines’, including public law, competition law and commercial disputes, Brick Court Chambers is also praised for its ‘service-focused clerks’. Peers note the set’s regulatory and corruption expertise: Harry Matovu QC is acting for Wartsila (defendant) in a claim brought by VIP (claimant) against parties including Standard Chartered involving a power plant in Dar es Salaam. On the commercial side, Fionn Pilbrow acted for MMG in an insurance and breach-of-warranty dispute against Glencore arising from the sale and purchase of the $6bn Las Bambas copper mine in Peru.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersVery bright, user friendly and a pleasure to deal with.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersA quintessential lawyer who is knowledgeable on diverse subject matter.

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