Matthew Dando > Wiggin LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Matthew advises clients predominantly in the media, tech and sports industries on wide ranging contentious commercial and media related matters.

On the commercial front, Matthew advises on questions of contractual interpretation and related issues, boardroom fallouts, warranty, shareholder and joint venture disputes and responses to the misuse of confidential information.

In the media and entertainment field, he advises film studios, national and international print media groups and broadcasters on high profile privacy and defamation actions, rights disputes and all other contentious issues arising in the sector.

Matthew’s practice encompasses cross-border litigation, arbitration and other less formal dispute resolution mechanisms including advice on dispute avoidance: stress testing potentially difficult scenarios, helping clients gain early leverage in commercial matters and to best protect themselves from the risks of publication in the media space.


Matthew trained at RPC and was an associate/senior associate there before moving to Wiggin.  Matthew also has in-house experience, having spent time on secondment with a major brand management and retail group.


Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).   


MA (Hons) (English law with French law), Jesus College, Oxford; LLM (with distinction), University of Edinburgh; Diploma in French law, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas); Postgraduate diploma in legal practice (with distinction), UWE.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Wiggin LLP is a go-to firm for commercial litigation involving the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming industries. Caroline Kean is the head of litigation, working with Alan Owens, who ‘adds great value‘. Matthew Dando‘s practice encompasses a mix of media litigation and general commercial litigation work. Julian Darrall joined from Associated Newspapers in 2020.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

(Next Generation Partners)

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Wiggin LLP‘s defamation and reputation management practice is a strong defendant outfit, best known for representing several major UK publishers. The team has considerable expertise in pre-publication advice and defending clients from applications for injunctions, in addition to defamation, privacy and data protection claims. Practice head Caroline Kean has ‘unrivalled knowledge’, having worked on a number of key libel and privacy claims throughout her career. The team has a global reach, with many of Kean’s clients based abroad, including a significant number in the US. Matthew Dando is ‘excellent’ and advises clients across the media, tech and sports industries. In July 2020, the team strengthened its offering through the hire of Julian Darrall from Associated Newspapers, where he was deputy head of editorial legal services.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Wiggin LLP is praised by clients for its ‘incomparable industry expertise’ and ‘excellent commerciality and market knowledge’ across the media and entertainment arena. In the film and TV space, Charles Moore and Medwyn Jones advise clients on all aspects of development, finance and distribution, while David Quli, Neil Gillard  and Chris Hanson handle media finance matters. Michael Brader focuses on corporate transactions in the independent television production sector, while Daniel Whybrew acts for financiers, producers and distributors on the financing of TV and film projects. ‘Grand seigneur of games law’ Paul Gardner leads the computer games sector group, which includes Jas Purewal, who joined from Purewal & Partners. In the music space, Rachel Alexander specialises in high profile IP cases and online enforcement matters. Caroline Kean, who leads the defamation and litigation practices, is noted for her expertise in the publishing sector. She works with Matthew Dando and Julian Darrall. Sean James leads the content distribution and transmission team. Sarah MacDonald heads up the advertising, marketing and sponsorship group.