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Matthew Parker

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3 Verulam Buildings (Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC)


Matthew is a leading commercial junior who appears in a wide range of complex and high-value commercial disputes. He is highly experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration in the UK and internationally and has been called to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. He is particularly noted for his expertise in banking and financial services, commercial fraud and professional negligence.


In 2016, Matthew was instructed on behalf of one of the shareholders in the dispute over the Aman Resorts hotel business, securing judgment for over $50m: Peak Hotels v Tarek Investments Ltd [2016] EWHC 333 (Ch). In 2015, he achieved a major victory in Central Bank of Ecuador v Conticorp [2015] UKPC 11, in which the Privy Council overturned concurrent findings of the courts below and awarded damages of US$192m in a complex financial fraud claim. He also appeared in a number of high-value investment disputes, including McEneaney v Ulster Bank Ireland Ltd [2015] EWHC 3173 (Comm) and Astle v CBRE [2015] EWHC 3189 (Ch). Matthew is a highly experienced advocate, who is frequently noted for his robust submissions and skilful cross-examination. He has appeared as sole counsel at trial in a wide range of commercial disputes, including Alegro v Allproperty Media [2013] EWHC 3376 (QB), Lawlor v Sandvik [2012] EWHC 1188 (QB), Redmayne Bentley v Isaacs [2010] EWHC 1504 (Comm), Innovatis v Ejder Group [2010] EWHC 1850 (Ch), Fitzalan-Howard v Hibbert [2010] PNLR 11 and M&J Polymers v Imerys [2008] 1 All ER (Comm) 893, and as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal, in Lawlor v Sandvik [2013] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 98 and Morin v Bonhams & Brooks [2004] 1 Lloyd's Rep 702. Acting as a junior, he appeared in the Court of Appeal in NML v Chapman Freeborn [2013] 1 CLC 968 and Unite v Liverpool Victoria [2015] EWCA Civ 285 and regularly appears in heavy commercial litigation, such as Primary Group v RBS [2014] EWHC 1082 (Ch) and Porton v 3M Company [2011] EWHC 2895 (Comm). In addition to litigation in the UK and offshore, arbitration forms a significant part of Matthew’s practice. He appeared in the series of reported decisions in Republic of Kazakhstan v Istil [2006] 2 Lloyd's Rep 307, [2007] 2 Lloyd's Rep 548, and [2008] 1 Lloyd's Rep 382 and regularly appears as sole counsel in major international commercial arbitrations




Oundle School and Jesus College, Cambridge (foundation scholar).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a rare mix because his live and written advocacy is of the same exceptional standard.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsIncredibly smart, precise and procedurally excellent.

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-rate junior and very much a silk in waiting.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very likeable, easy to work with and talented lawyer.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsDefinitely at the point where he could be taking silk.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – leading juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe handles claims involving solicitors and accountants.

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