Legal 500: Ranked first tier for General Crime and Fraud (East Anglia). Chambers UK: Ranked in band 1 for Crime.

We specialise in all aspects of financial crime including FCA investigations, bribery, money laundering, diversion frauds and complex and large-scale revenue frauds. Our full service capability extends to white collar investigations, dawn raid representation and training for corporate clients through to the defence of individuals in complex and large-scale fraud prosecutions. We also have notable experience and success in proceeds of crime cases (POCA).

Matthew Gowen has over 25 years' experience of prosecuting and defending large-scale, complex and multi-handed fraud and monetary crime cases.  His clients attest to his "sharp analysis and shrewd problem solving" [Mr L - acquitted of fraud following a Crown Court trial] and his advocacy is described as "redeeming and outstanding".

Recent cases include:

  • representing numerous individuals and companies facing prosecutions for fraud at the Crown Court
  • advising an international company on a bribery investigation
  • R v Jeevarajah – reported Court of Appeal case concerning a lottery fraud
  • advising on a large scale FCA investigation into insider trading.

Legal 500 UK 2022 Top Tier    Top Ranked Chambers UK 2022

Key contacts

Matthew Gowen

Partner (Barrister)

+44 (0)1473 299118

+44 (0)7836 615178

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At Birketts LLP, 'the empathy, understanding and overall client care demonstrated by the team is outstanding'.

Legal 500 [UK 2022]


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