Matthew Gowen

Legal Director (Barrister)

"... the breadth of work he can do is exceptional."

Chambers UK Bar 2015


Matthew joined Birketts in November 2014, having previously been a Consultant for the firm. He is a Legal Director (Barrister) within the firm’s Corporate Criminal Defence Team and brings with him a wealth of experience from over 20 years at the criminal Bar. He offers advice and representation in all areas of corporate and regulatory crime.

One of his clients appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show (October 2014), following a high profile acquittal, stating that he was "staggered by [Matthew's] intellectual agility" and describing his closing speech as a "piece de resistance. It was brilliant."

Matthew was formally a member at leading criminal chambers, Red Lion Chambers, London, having been called to the Bar in 1992.

He appeared frequently as a leading junior both for the defence and the Crown in serious criminal cases and has also advised on and appeared in cases of regulatory crime, including health and safety and environmental matters.

Other Information

Matthew won the Employed Advocate of the Year award at the Employed Bar Awards 2017.

Matthew is recommended by Chambers UK Bar [2015]. "He is the type of barrister who clients are really refreshed to meet," clients say.

Matthew is also recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016]. This edition says Barristers Laura Thomas and Matthew Gowen, and colleague Julie Gowland, are all "fantastic, always available and experts in their field."

Recommended Lawyer Legal 500 2016    EmployedAdvocateoftheYear2017_Matthew-Gowen.jpg