Personal Profile

Matt Hancock is a Legal Director in the Finance and Banking Disputes team.  Matt specialises in distressed dealings with the UK regulatory authorities, primarily for individuals, and also regularly works on civil disputes relating to financial services and financial products.  He has significant experience with FCA investigations, enforcement proceedings, and applications for FCA approval that are contested by the regulator. He also advises on matters relating to Professional Discipline, acting for accountants, lawyers, insolvency practitioners and pension trustees who are facing challenge or investigation by regulatory or enforcement bodies.

Matt is very accustomed to dealing with cases involving foreign state regulators, and is qualified to practice law 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