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Practice Summary

Matthew Cook specialises in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution in litigation, international and domestic arbitration, expert determination and ADR.  He has significant experience in (but not limited to) disputes arising in the fields of administrative and public law, banking and finance, commodities, commercial contracts, competition and EU law, company law, corporate and individual insolvency law, energy and natural resources, financial services, professional negligence and industry regulation in general.  He is also experienced in applications for injunctive relief (including anti-suit).  Matthew is recommended by Chambers UK (Commercial Dispute Resolution and Competition & EU Law) and the Legal 500 (Competition & EU Law):

'Versatile junior called upon by instructing solicitors to appear in a range of contentious proceedings. He is especially adept at handling competition cases, and offers clients additional expertise in relation to banking and finance and civil fraud matters.' “He’s great at spotting legal arguments, and at cutting though the facts to focus on what’s important for us”. “Very commercial and efficient junior counsel”. (Commercial Dispute Resolution – Chambers & Partners 2016)

'Handles competition law litigation and arbitration as part of his broader commercial practice.' “Excellent in terms of the support he gives, the technical expertise he has and the strategic skills he possesses. He has a good eye for how to best run arguments.”  (Competition & EU Law  – Chambers & Partners 2016)

 'A senior junior who regularly handles major commercial cases and international arbitrations, he is particularly strong on the energy side. Sources praise him for his intellectual ability and user-friendliness.' “Extremely bright and exceptionally numerate.” “He’s a good, experienced junior who gives quick, clear advice, is very user-friendly and is almost always available to talk.” (Commercial Dispute Resolution – Chambers & Partners 2015)

 'Handles both competition law and wider commercial and company litigation. He has been active of late in a number of high-profile cases, such as the MasterCard litigation.' “Outstandingly bright, he is a highly capable litigator.” (Competition & EU Law  – Chambers & Partners 2015)

 'Handles the full range of commercial law, and offers niche expertise in competition law. “Extremely bright and exceptionally numerate.” “Provides efficient, pragmatic, no-nonsense advice.” (Commercial Dispute Resolution – Chambers & Partners 2014)

 'Has a broad commercial background that complements his developing expertise in the competition sector. He has handled complex challenges to competition and cartel decisions, and has also acted on a number of high-profile cases in the water sector.' (Competition & EU Law  – Chambers & Partners 2014)

 'Wins praise not only as “a highly confident and polished advocate” but also for being a bright and talented writer who is able to hold his own in court against heavy-hitting opposition.' (Commercial Dispute Resolution – Chambers & Partners 2013)

 'Is considered highly knowledgeable by those instructing him, and is praised for being “very reliable, user-friendly and good in a team.” '(Competition & EU Law  – Chambers & Partners 2013)

In line with his niche Competition / EU Law expertise, Matthew has particular expertise in commercial disputes, within a regulatory context, arising in the banking and financial services sector (including those under the Takeover Panel Rules, relating to Mergers and Acquisitions and those under the remit of the Financial Services Authority); in disputes for and against industry regulators (including, the OFT, OFCOM and OFWAT); and those arising in the context of GEMA / OFGEM consultations.

Matthew regularly appears before all levels of the High Court (including the Administrative and Appellate Courts), the Competition Commission, and the Competition Appeals Tribunal. He is also experienced before a range of arbitration (ADRR, ICSID, ICC, LCIA, LME and ad hoc UNCITRAL) and other Tribunals (including Expert Determination).