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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):

Well known for his work defending key financial services clients in high-value commercial damages actions. He has experience of opposing collective proceedings order applications to the CAT and defending follow-on cases that are appealed up to the Supreme Court. "A real details man, in the best possible sense. He had the best understanding of the facts of anyone in the case; he has hugely impressive recall and comes up with some good points." (Competition and EU Law - Chambers & Partners 2021)

"An excellent advocate, very commercially aware of the bigger picture, who just takes the judge through the case calmly." (Commercial Dispute Resolution - Chambers & Partners 2019)

Particularly experienced in contentious competition law issues, including the representation of defendants and claimants in private damages actions following cartels. "A very experienced commercial litigator." "He's really good to work with and provides a very polished product." (Competition and EU Law - Chambers & Partners 2019)

‘An amazing breadth of knowledge, particularly in relation to finance/payment cards in the context of competition litigation.’ (Competition and EU Law - Legal 500, 2018/2019)

‘His synthesis of complex financial documentation is fast, insightful and reliable. Good advocacy skills to boot.’ (Energy and Natural Resources, Legal 500, 2018/19)

“Particularly adept at assessing the commercial issues at play and giving practical advice.” “Quick to respond and very efficient, he’s one of the quickest workers at the Bar.” (Commercial Dispute Resolution, - Chambers & Partners 2018)

Particularly experienced in contentious competition law issues, including private actions and arbitration. “He has an amazing background knowledge, produces excellent written work and his advocacy is very good.” (Competition & EU Law - Chambers & Partners 2018)

He wins plaudits from the market for his knowledge of competition and regulatory matters in particular, but is also active in other areas such as banking and fraud.  “He is extremely bright and exceptionally numerate. In one recent case he had a better grasp of the quantum arguments than anyone at trial, and that includes the experts.” (Commercial Dispute Resolution - Chambers & Partners 2017)

Has a broad corporate and commercial practice and is gaining a strong reputation for competition litigation. He is notably active in follow-on damages cases. “He has an excellent knowledge of the law and an impressive ability to assimilate complex information and get straight to the point.  Matthew is charming and a real pleasure to work with.” (Competition & EU Law - Chambers & Partners 2017)

‘Innovative in his legal arguments.’ (Competition & EU Law - Legal 500 2017)

He moves matters along with realistic advice without losing sight of any risks involved.’ (Energy & Natural Resources - Legal 500 2017)

'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)

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).