Matthew Gowen

Partner (Barrister)

"attentive, proactive, approachable, understanding and knowledgeable"

Legal 500 [UK 2019]


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

Matthew was formerly a member at leading criminal chambers, Red Lion Chambers, London, having been called to the Bar in October 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 and named as a 'Leading Individual' by Legal 500 [UK 2020]. In this edition, clients note that "Matthew Gowen has represented us very effectively and in court is a gifted and natural orator and performer. He displays great calm and control and has that steely determination to succeed".

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