Richard Matthews QC is ranked as the best health and safety Silk by the independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers and Partners, (‘He’s a lightning-sharp barrister who knows the law inside out.’) and the Legal 500 (‘Without peer in health and safety enforcement, and a dream to work with.’) and a leading Sik in Environmental work by both guides. Richard is widely regarded as the foremost regulatory and corporate defence Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales.
His expertise spans the breadth of regulatory and business crime, especially health and safety enforcement, fire safety and environmental enforcement. His particular expertise encompasses gross negligence and corporate manslaughter.
He has considerable experience of representing corporations, directors and individuals facing a wide range of regulatory investigations and enforcement action, particularly health and safety, environmental and fire safety. In addition to prosecutions and trial representation, Richard’s experience of these fields extends to actions for judicial review (of both the HSE and Environment Agency) concerning the exercise of powers and issuances of notices with consequent pursuit of claims for damages.
Richard Matthews QC has regularly advised and represented many leading UK and international corporations. He has appeared for interested parties, particularly corporations, in a great many jury inquests concerned with work related deaths and Public Inquires. He has advised in respect of a great many of the UK’s most sensitive safety related issues over many years.
Richard’s experience extends to prosecutions related to unlawful storage of pesticides, trade in ‘parallel products’, copyright protection and the Proceeds of Crime.
Richard was educated at Girton College, the University of Cambridge, and was called to the bar in 1989. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010.