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Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings


A leading QC practicing in inquests and inquiries, police regulation, criminal and extradition law. Matthew has particular expertise in cases relating to terrorism, national security and firearms tactics. He is currently acting in the Manchester Arena, Grenfell Tower and Jermaine Baker public inquiries. He represented the Metropolitan Police Service and Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters in the inquests arising out of the Fishmongers Hall, London Bridge and Palace of Westminster terrorist attacks. An expert in international criminal law, Matthew successfully acted for Colonel Kumar Lama when he was tried at the Old Bailey for war crimes allegedly committed during the Nepalese civil war. Regularly instructed to represent accused officers in police disciplinary hearings and appeals, recent cases include the Sean Rigg and Henry Hicks misconduct cases. Advises and represents on all matters connected with licensed activities, including gambling, alcohol, regulated entertainment, street trading, firearms and taxis before licensing committees and on appeal to the Magistrates’ Court, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal. Clients include major casino operators, licensing authorities, the police, national pub operators and festivals.


Call, 2002, Recorder of the Crown Court  2015, Bencher (Gray’s Inn) 2017, QC 2020, Deputy High Court Judge 2021


University College London (LLB; Dip Law); Gray’s Inn (2002 Atkin Scholar; 2000 Lord Justice Walker Scholar); English Union American Scholar 2001.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Butt QCThree Raymond BuildingsA top-drawer advocate, careful preparation and very good with clients – committed and bright.

London Bar > Licensing

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Butt QCThree Raymond BuildingsMatthew’s manner before licensing sub-committees is smooth, measured and always pitched perfectly.

Described as ‘the leading set for licensing,’ the barristers at Three Raymond Buildings advise and represent clients across a full range of areas, including alcohol and entertainment, gambling, security, taxis and private hire. Michael Bromley-Martin QC successfully re-secured the premises licence for the Eastern Electrics Music Festival in opposition to objections from the Licensing Authority and the Metropolitan Police. Stephen Walsh QC is currently advising and representing the operators of Aspers Casino Stratford in varying the terms of their gambling licence. Members are involved in work concerning restaurants, with Matthew Butt QC and Saba Naqshbandi having represented Coya and Le Deli Robuchon respectively.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Butt QCThree Raymond BuildingsMatthew has a supremely sharp intellect. He is a great choice for any case involving complex areas of law. He is very well respected by judges who consider him to be authoritative beyond his seniority.

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Butt QCThree Raymond BuildingsHis client management skills are top drawer.