Instruct RMQC

Richard Matthews QC practises from his own chambers at One Mayfair Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 8AJ. With facilities to host client conferences and mediations and to enable the secure participation in virtual court hearings, alongside client representatives, the chambers also has access to world-wide annex facilities, including at One World Trade Center, New York, and Haussmann, 21 Boulevard Haussmann in Paris.

Richard accepts instructions from professional clients (independent private practice, in-house legal department or Licensed Access).

RMQC’s Expertise

Richard Matthews QC’s expertise spans the breadth of regulatory and business crime, especially health and safety enforcement, fire safety and environmental enforcement. His specialist practice encompasses gross negligence and corporate manslaughter.

He has extensive experience of inquests, public inquiries and of major investigations into public disasters. Richard Matthews QC has advised in respect of a great many of the UK’s most sensitive safety-related issues over many years.

Richard Matthews Regulatory and Corporate Defence Specialist Queen's Counsel
Richard Matthews QC
One Mayfair Place
Mayfair
London
W1J 8AJ
What others say about RMQC

Richard Matthews QC is widely recognised as the foremost regulatory and corporate defence Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales. For many years, he has been ranked as the best health and safety Silk by the independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 and as a leading Silk in Environmental work by both guides.

He's very sought after due to his wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of the law.
- Chambers & Partners 2021

He is a master strategist and tactical genius who is able to adapt rapidly to changing conditions on the ground.
- Chambers & Partners 2021

A genuine expert in the health and safety world. Clients love him and he deploys a range of skills in court to get his points across.
- Chambers & Partners 2021

Frighteningly intelligent with truly excellent forensic criminal acumen.
- Legal 500 (2021)

Incredibly bright, unbeatable on the law, and an effortless courtroom advocate
- Legal 500 (2021)

An impressive silk who has a wealth of experience representing international corporations, individuals, as well as FTSE companies
- Chambers & Partners (2021)

Great judgement and very skilled at avoiding unnecessary contention.
- Chambers & Partners (2021)

Acts for major corporate clients in cases concerned with water pollution and waste management
- Chambers & Partners (2021)

There is no one better on the law and he has excellent judgement – particularly when dealing with judges on his feet
- Legal 500 (2019)

He is formidable to his opponents but also incredibly user-friendly.
- Chambers & Partners (2019)

He is dogged and persuasive with the judge, but able to press or concede points by reading acutely how submissions are being received.
- Chambers & Partners (2019)

He is a master strategist and tactical genius who is able to adapt rapidly to changing conditions on the ground.
- Chambers & Partners (2019)

Undoubtedly at the top of his game especially in relation to disasters.
- Chambers & Partners (2019)

He has excellent judgement on the nuts and bolts of defending, as well as when dealing with judges on his feet.
- Chambers & Partners (2019)

Frighteningly intelligent, which he deploys in brilliant legal submissions
- Chambers & Partners (2019)

An impressive silk who has a wealth of experience in cases spanning the full breadth of regulatory and criminal health and safety issues.
- Chambers & Partners (2019)

He has truly excellent forensic criminal evidence acumen and understanding of the trial process.
- Chambers & Partners (2019)

He has the most charming advocacy style.
- Chambers and Partners (2014)

He is a fantastic regulatory lawyer who is able to reduce complex issues to a practical level.
- Chambers and Partners (2014)

A pre-eminent practitioner in the field who is known for conducting inquest work arising out of major incidents.
- Chambers and Partners (2014)

Clients, peers and solicitors express delight with Richard's work, describing him as ‘energetic, technically brilliant, and a real livewire’
- Chambers & Partners

An absolutely top-rank performer, he combines academic mastery with discretion and sound judgement
- Chambers & Partners

Richard Matthews has a growing fraud practice which covers VAT and tax frauds, fraudulent trading and bankruptcy-related frauds
- Chambers & Partners

Incredibly bright and thoughtful, Richard covers the whole spectrum of criminal work
- Chambers & Partners

Many solicitors would have him in their dream team due to his shrewd mind, tactical nous and strong background in criminal law
- Chambers & Partners

Undoubtable star and a prodigious talent, possessing a peerless knowledge of the law and procedure…loved by juries.
- Legal 500

What he does not know about health and safety is not worth knowing.
- Chambers & Partners

He’s a "dream team" barrister...top of my list with an “encyclopaedic” knowledge of health and safety law...a very formidable opponent.
- Chambers & Partners

Possessed of a “flexible mind”, it is said of him that ‘what he does not know about health and safety is not worth knowing’
- Chambers & Partners

His technical knowledge of the law and easy court manner make him an irresistible choice
- Legal 500

Richard Matthews is an absolutely top-rank performer, he combines academic mastery with discretion and sound judgement
- Chambers & Partners