Matthew Gold

Matthew Gold

Director and Joint Head of Civil Actions Against Public Authorities

E: Matthew@matthewgold.co.uk

Matthew established the firm in 2002 with a distinct remit and objective to represent only Claimants, to fight injustice and to hold public authorities to account for wrongdoing and misconduct. The firm has grown and is now a leading solicitors’ firm specialising in human rights, civil liberties and public law.

Matthew specialises in bringing claims for damages against public authorities such as police forces, prison authorities and various government departments including the Home Office. He has a particular interest in representing the families of victims of domestic violence who have been murdered or seriously injured by abusing partners, as a result of failures to protect by police forces, the Crown Prosecution Service and other public authorities. He has obtained substantial amounts of damages for surviving victims, children and other family members.

He has represented the victims of serious miscarriages of justice including the Birmingham Six, Guildford Four and Cardiff Three. He has successfully obtained substantial damages for his clients as a result of awards made by the Home Office, civil claims in the High Court and applications for Judicial Review. He has assisted his clients in associated criminal proceedings brought against police officers.

Matthew has also represented a large number of victims of child abuse and has obtained substantial sums of redress in Ireland and compensation in England. This is immensely rewarding work for some of the most disadvantaged people in our society.

Matthew is able to use his experience and knowledge to identify relevant facts and legal issues in the most difficult and complex of cases. He succeeds in cutting through the multitude of detail to separate the wood from the trees.

Matthew is a recommended lawyer in both Chambers & Partners 2018 and the Legal 500 2017, where he is recognised as being “hard-working, charming and dedicated” with a “considered, intelligent and creative approach.”

Matthew has worked as a solicitor in three jurisdictions: England and Wales, Hong Kong and Ireland.  He has more than 25 years’ experience of civil litigation, the majority of which has been representing Claimants challenging public authorities.

Matthew started his legal career in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department learning how the “other side” thinks and works. He transferred to Hong Kong to represent the Vietnamese boat people, challenging decisions refusing applications for asylum by the Hong Kong Immigration Department. He succeeded in obtaining political asylum for his clients who were repatriated outside of Vietnam.
After working for leading human rights firm Birnberg Peirce & Partners in London, he established MG & Co to represent the victims of injustice in England and Wales and to represent the survivors of child abuse in Ireland.

Matthew’s notable cases include representing Stephen Miller, one of the original Cardiff 3 in various legal proceedings, the family of Sabina Akthar against Greater Manchester Police and The Crown Prosecution Service and Jamie Sneddon v the Home Office.

Matthew Gold

Matthew Gold

Director and Joint Head of Civil Actions Against Public Authorities

E: Matthew@matthewgold.co.uk

Matthew established the firm in 2002 with a distinct remit and objective to represent only Claimants, to fight injustice and to hold public authorities to account for wrongdoing and misconduct. The firm has grown and is now a leading solicitors’ firm specialising in human rights, civil liberties and public law.

Matthew specialises in bringing claims for damages against public authorities such as police forces, prison authorities and various government departments including the Home Office. He has a particular interest in representing the families of victims of domestic violence who have been murdered or seriously injured by abusing partners, as a result of failures to protect by police forces, the Crown Prosecution Service and other public authorities. He has obtained substantial amounts of damages for surviving victims, children and other family members.

He has represented the victims of serious miscarriages of justice including the Birmingham Six, Guildford Four and Cardiff Three. He has successfully obtained substantial damages for his clients as a result of awards made by the Home Office, civil claims in the High Court and applications for Judicial Review. He has assisted his clients in associated criminal proceedings brought against police officers.

Matthew has also represented a large number of victims of child abuse and has obtained substantial sums of redress in Ireland and compensation in England. This is immensely rewarding work for some of the most disadvantaged people in our society.

Matthew is able to use his experience and knowledge to identify relevant facts and legal issues in the most difficult and complex of cases. He succeeds in cutting through the multitude of detail to separate the wood from the trees.

Matthew is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 2016 and is recognised as being ‘tenancious’ and “experienced in handling wrongful imprisonment claims and representing the families of domestic abuse victims.”

Matthew has worked as a solicitor in three jurisdictions: England and Wales, Hong Kong and Ireland.  He has more than 25 years’ experience of civil litigation, the majority of which has been representing Claimants challenging public authorities.

Matthew started his legal career in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department learning how the “other side” thinks and works. He transferred to Hong Kong to represent the Vietnamese boat people, challenging decisions refusing applications for asylum by the Hong Kong Immigration Department. He succeeded in obtaining political asylum for his clients who were repatriated outside of Vietnam.
After working for leading human rights firm Birnberg Peirce & Partners in London, he established MG & Co to represent the victims of injustice in England and Wales and to represent the survivors of child abuse in Ireland.

Matthew’s notable cases include representing Stephen Miller, one of the original Cardiff 3 in various legal proceedings, the family of Sabina Akthar against Greater Manchester Police and The Crown Prosecution Service and Jamie Sneddon v the Home Office.