Matthew Gowen > Birketts LLP > Ipswich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP
Providence House
141-145 Princes Street

Work Department

Crime - Fraud, Crime - General, Health and Safety, Transport


Partner (Barrister)


Matthew joined Birketts in November 2014, having previously been a Consultant for the firm. He is a Partner (Barrister) within the firm’s Corporate Criminal Defence Team and brings with him a wealth of experience from over 20 years at the criminal Bar. He offers advice and representation in all areas of corporate and regulatory crime.

One of his clients appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show (October 2014), following a high profile acquittal, stating that he was “staggered by [Matthew’s] intellectual agility” and describing his closing speech as a “piece de resistance. It was brilliant.”

Matthew was formally a member at leading criminal chambers, Red Lion Chambers, London, having been called to the Bar in 1992.

He appeared frequently as a leading junior both for the defence and the Crown in serious criminal cases and has also advised on and appeared in cases of regulatory crime, including health and safety and environmental matters.

Matthew won the Employed Advocate of the Year award at the Employed Bar Awards 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Transport > Transport and shipping

Birketts LLP has a widely respected transport and international trade practice that works with the firm’s regulatory and corporate defence team and other specialist to provide a full service to logistics clients. The practice is particularly well known for wet and dry shipping work, trade disputes and road transport regulation. The majority of its clients are based overseas or in London. Shipping specialist and accredited mediator Nicholas Woo and head of litigation Matthew Gowen lead the practice from Ipswich, where Alex Davey and Henry Adams are key partners in the shipping practice. Senior associate Sarah Holsgrove is recommended for contentious matters, particularly charterparty disputes.

East Anglia > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Matthew GowenBirketts LLP

Whenever we call they respond quickly and appropriately,‘ says a client of the regulatory and corporate defence practice at Birketts LLP, which handles health and safety matters. The firm has extensive cross-industry experience in serious health and safety, defence including disasters and multiple fatalities. Barrister Matthew Gowen in Ipswich leads the practice, following the departure of Laura Thomas to take up a non-legal role. The team contains solicitors, barristers, and health and safety consultants, among whom are former HSE Inspectors. Senior associates Philippa Dyer and, in Norwich, Julie Gowland play key roles in the practice.

East Anglia > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud

(Leading individuals)

Matthew GowenBirketts LLP

Birketts LLP has a ten-lawyer group handling private crime work, investigations of financial crime, Bribery Act matters and dawn raids. It advises on serious crime including high-value fraud for both corporate entities and private individuals. Laura Thomas left Birketts LLP to take up a non-legal role so barrister Matthew Gowen in Ipswich now leads the regulatory and corporate defence practice. Senior associates Philippa Dyer and, in Norwich, Julie Gowland also stand out. ‘I appreciated their honest appraisal of the situation,‘ remarks one client.

East Anglia > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Leading individuals)

Matthew GowenBirketts LLP

Birketts LLP has a barrister-led practice, giving it unique advocacy expertise in serious criminal matters. It excels in areas such as financial crime investigations and frequently acts for companies and individuals prosecuted nationwide by CPS, HSE, local authorities, RSPCA, DVSA, the FSA and Environment Agency. Barrister Matthew Gowen leads the practice from Ipswich. Senior associates Philippa Dyer in Ipswich and Julie Gowland in Norwich also handle criminal and regulatory matters. Former partner Laura Thomas left for a non-legal role but the firm hired senior associate and barrister Daniel Irving from Blackfriars Chambers to work in the Ipswich office.