Roger Matthews > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Regulatory and Investigations


Roger leads the UK International Trade practice at Dentons, and is a member of the Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs practice group and the Financial Crime team. Roger advises clients from all sectors on financial and trade sanctions, export controls, WTO law and the UK’s web of trade agreements, trade remedies and customs, foreign direct investment restrictions and supply chain analysis. He also advises on financial crime issues, including money laundering, and bribery and corruption. His practice ranges from advisory, strategic, contractual and compliance advice, through engaging with regulators and making license applications, to investigations and contentions advice. He advises on the range of trade and regulatory issues arising out of the UK’s post-Brexit trade and regulatory environment, including for clients trading both into and out of the UK. His clients include businesses in manufacturing, financial services, energy, mining, retail, pharmaceuticals and IT services, as well as government bodies.

In addition to many years in private practice, Roger has previously served as a national expert on sanctions and certain trade policies at the European Commission, in the HM Treasury sanctions and financial regulatory teams and in the PRA legal team at the Bank of England.

Roger is a sanctions expert on the Law Society’s Money Laundering Task Force, and writes regularly on trade, sanctions matters and export control matters.


Solicitor, England and Wales, 2000


King’s College London, 2012, MA, EU Law

Oxford University, 1997, MA, MA (Oxon), Law

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

(Next Generation Partners)

Roger MatthewsDentons

Underpinned by its considerable global network, Dentons‘impressive’ international trade team is a strong choice for a myriad of public and private sector entities, including some of the leading names from the worlds of retail, logistics, sports, and entertainment. Clients seek out ‘unbelievably good’ practice head Roger Matthews for his ‘unparalleled‘ expertise in export control instruments and sanctions regimes, particularly in the financial services, transport and energy sectors. Emerging technologies specialist Daniel Lund is praised for his knowledge of UK national security and foreign direct investment compliance, advising semiconductor manufacturers, contractors and software developers. Associate Kate Poppitt focuses on sanctions, free trade agreements, and the GATS.