Matthew specialises in resolving complex commercial disputes. He has a broad experience in domestic and international litigation and arbitration, and has acted and advised on a wide range of matters both in the UK and in New Zealand.

Matthew has acted on a wide and varied range of commercial disputes and has particular expertise in obtaining (and responding to) urgent injunctive relief including search orders, freezing orders and passport orders. His experience includes advising and acting on banking disputes, partnership disputes, sports law issues, cross-border insolvency matters, debt recovery actions, joint venture disputes and sports law disputes. He also has expertise and a particular interest in technology and cryptocurrency disputes. While practising in  New Zealand, Matthew was involved  in litigation at all levels of the judicial system and appeared and argued cases, both as junior and sole counsel before the High Court.


Matthew, a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, joined Cooke, Young & Keidan in November 2016. Previously he was a senior solicitor at Wilson Harle, a specialist commercial dispute resolution firm in Auckland, New Zealand and, prior to that, a judicial clerk at the High Court of New Zealand, where he clerked for the Chief High Court Judge.

Matthew graduated from the University of Otago with a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics. He also holds a Master of Laws with Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Dean’s Scholar in 2015.

Cases of Note

  • Successfully obtaining a freezing order in support of the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award in England.

  • Successfully obtaining and executing an ex parte search order and passport order against a former employee of a global business suspected of misappropriating confidential business information and personal data.

  • Acting for a high net worth individual involved in protracted litigation relating to the corporate vehicles through which his assets were held and managed.

  • Acting for elite athletes in disputes involving their national sporting bodies.

  • Successfully defending a multinational telecommunications company in injunction proceedings in which a competitor sought to prevent an advertising campaign.

  • Advising a New Zealand-based bank in relation to a claim regarding the misappropriation of its intellectual property.

  • Acting for a New Zealand company in relation to a claim against a publicly listed energy company arising out of a long term contract for the sale and purchase of carbon credits.

  • Acting for a number of substantial UK-based and off-shore property companies against major UK and European banks regarding the alleged mis-sale of interest rate derivatives.

  • Providing urgent advice to a publicly listed entertainment company in relation to a banking dispute.

  • Acting for a technology and entertainment company in relation to claims of defamation and tortious interference.

  • Acting for a multinational petrochemical company preparing an application for injunctive relief against a large multinational bank.

  • Acting for three individuals in defence of a £40m claim made against them in the Commercial Court for deceit, conspiracy to deceive and breach of fiduciary duties in connection to their successful management buy-out of a technology company.