Matt Hancock, Legal Director, Dispute Resolution

Matt Hancock

Legal Director

Personal Profile

Matt Hancock is a Legal Director in the Finance and Banking Disputes team. Matt works in the Contentious Regulatory practice, which is ranked by Chambers & Partners as tier 1 for individuals.  Matt specialises in contentious regulatory matters and handles many types of complicated dealings with the UK regulatory authorities, particularly the FCA.  He regularly acts in relation to FCA Enforcement proceedings. Legal 500 notes that Matt is "incredibly responsive, insightful and thoughtful", "dedicated and creative in fighting enforcement actions and a pleasure to work with", is "excellent at getting to the crux of the issues" and that he has particular experience acting for individuals facing "serious market abuse allegations".  Matt also acts for many clients with issues at the intersection of regulation and employment law, an area in which he "excels" according to Legal 500.  Matt also advises on the implementation and application of the SMCR regime.  In addition to being qualified to practice in England and Wales, Matt is also qualified to practice in Scotland and New York.

Key Experience

  • Defending clients before both the FCA's Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Upper Tribunal. 
  • Acting in cases involving allegations of bench-mark rigging.
  • Advising numerous clients in relation to their applications for FCA approval, where a qualified Form C has been submitted or is threatened. 
  • Acting in the leading case on the (then) FSA's assistance to foreign state regulators, before the Court of Appeal: Financial Services Authority v. Amro International SA [2010] EWCA Civ 123.   

Career History

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Judicial Assistant, House of Lords (now Supreme Court)
Solicitor, McGrigors (now Pinsent Masons)
Trainee, Maclay, Murray & Spens
LL.M Harvard Law School
LLB (Hons), Edinburgh University


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