Matthew Bosworth > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Head of regulation department specialising in regulatory law, professional disciplinary law, sports law, fraud, white-collar crime and contentious intellectual property.

Retained by Sky UK to advise and represent the company in relation to breach of contract and breach of intellectual property rights before the County Court, Chancery Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (Sky UK PLC v French 2016 being the latest IPEC case to be ruled on)

Advises and represents Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) in respect of nationwide prosecutions in relation to copyright and intellectual property right theft in matters ranging from summary trials at the Magistrates’ Courts through to hearings at the High Court (FACT v Merlin Inns and others 2016 resulting in a company being ordered to pay fines and costs in excess of £120,000).

Regularly retained by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to protect its member and the public interest in prosecuting those who seek to become Architects by relying on false information via Architects Act and Fraud Act prosecutions.

Appointed by Lidl UK as the independent service provider for their online regulation compliance reporting systems and whistleblower policy.

Advised and represented clients in relation to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) financial regulatory proceedings.

Led the Russell-Cooke regulation team in defending clients of charges of cheating the revenue in the first prosecution brought by HMRC as a result of information received from the stolen HSBC data that was passed into the control of the French government (R v Shanly, 2013) and in respect of individuals from international banks involved in LIBOR investigations in the UK, Japan and USA. He has also represented trustees of charities in relation to investigations into their operation by the Charity Commission.

Regularly instructed to advise and represent individuals and entities regulated by the SRA in proceedings dealt with by way of ‘Regulatory Settlement Agreement’ or before full hearings at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Matt has an extensive sports law practice and cases with which he has dealt include:

  • advising Newcastle United FC as general counsel regarding media coverage of the football club
  • Representing Kenny Anderson, former British and Commonwealth Super middleweight champion boxer in reation to WADA drug proceedings.
  • instructed by Mahmood Al Zarooni, trainer for the Godolphin Racing organisation, on an appeal in relation to eight year ban from racing imposed by the British Horseracing Authority. The BHA made the order for the use of steroids in the treatment of horses.
  • Acting on behalf of Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle United and France international, in relation to issues of privacy and defamation arising from an article printed by the Sun newspaper
  • Acting on behalf of individual Chelsea Football Club players and Chelsea Football Club in relation to allegations of racial abuse from the referee Mark Clattenburg. The resulting Football Association investigation found that the actions of the Club were totally vindicated – a point highlighted by the FA instructed Queen’s Counsel that reviewed the matter.
  • Instructed by Chelsea Football Club in relation to advising both the Club and individual players in relation to the criminal proceedings brought against John Terry in relation to allegations of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand
  • Advising the Chef de Mission of the Croatian National Olympic Committee in relation to allegations of ticket touting made by the Metropolitan Police. All allegations withdrawn following advice being given to the individual.


Trained Attridge Law/Russell-Cooke LLP; qualified 2005; partner Russell-Cooke LLP 2009 to date.


Member of the Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers (IMLPO); Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL); Member of the City of Westminster and Holborn law Society (CWHLS)


St George’s College (Weybridge); Middlesex University (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Russell-Cooke LLP acts for broadcasters, football clubs, governing bodies, charities and individuals, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. On the contentious side, work includes acting for broadcasters in IP infringement cases, representing football clubs in employment disputes and advising on disciplinary proceedings. In the non-contentious space, matters relate to privacy, reputation management, data protection and incorporation, including establishing charitable vehicles. Solicitor advocate Matthew Bosworth, who specialises in professional disciplinary matters and intellectual property rights, is retained by Chelsea FC and Tottenham FC to provide ongoing advice in relation to privacy, on-field issues and reputation management.