Matthew Abraham > South Square > London, England > Lawyer Profile

South Square


Matthew’s practice includes insolvency and restructuring, commercial litigation/arbitration, banking and financial services and company law. He has an interest in international work and in particular work from Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Since joining Chambers, Matthew has been involved in a number of high-profile insolvencies and restructurings dealing with issues covering chambers’ main practice areas listed below. For example he has been involved in Lehman Brothers, Four Seasons Health Care, Carillion, House of Fraser, Phones4U, Flybe, Toys “R” Us, Cambridge Analytica, Steinhoff and the Arcadia Group. Matthew has also been involved in high profile personal insolvencies cases such as Boris Becker and Vijay Mallya.

Matthew spent 6 months of his third year in practice in Singapore at Clifford Chance Asia. Whilst there he worked closely with the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department focussing on cross-border insolvencies and commercial arbitrations arising out of Asia and the Middle East. On his return to Chambers Matthew has continued to develop his practice in these areas including work arising out of India.


Called 2012; Lincoln’s Inn. Company Law Tutor at Oxford University 2011-13. Publications of note: Tapping the intangible: security interests and intellectual property, Part I, Insolv. Int. 2013, 26(8), 113-119; Tapping the intangible: security interests and intellectual property, Part II, Insolv. Int. 2014, 27(3), 33-37; and contributor to Corporate Administrations and Rescue Procedures, 3rd Edition, (forthcoming).


British Institute of International Comparative Law, Commercial Bar Association, Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association, INSOL International.


University College London (LLB, First Class); St Catherine’s College, Oxford University (BCL); BPP (BPTC, Outstanding).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Matthew AbrahamSouth Square ‘An absolutely first class junior. Bright and energetic, he expresses his views. A pleasure to work with.’

The foremost insolvency and restructuring chambers‘, South Square continues to impress with a host of silks and juniors involved in the most significant and thorny issues in the market. Multiple barristers from chambers have been involved in the high-profile collapse of supply chain finance funder Greensill Capital: Glen Davis KC leading Matthew Abraham acting for Credit Suisse Asset Management, and on the opposite side for the administrators, David Allison KC leads Ryan Perkins. Chambers has also been involved in key cases regarding CVAs, one of the most notable being Caffé Nero’s successful defence of its CVA, where they were represented by Tom Smith KC leading Henry Phillips, Adam Al-Attar appearing on the opposite side for the EG Group. Energy company administrations were a major feature of the 2021 workload too, and again members of chambers were a regular fixture in the most significant. In the case of Bulb Energy Limited, which at the time of its collapse was the UK’s seventh biggest electricity supplier, Mark Arnold KC acted for the proposed administrators, leading Richard Fisher KC and Henry Phillips.