Matthew was previously a partner at leading media firm Davenport Lyons before co-founding Archerfield Partners in 2010.  He is well-known for his media law practice and has extensive experience of defamation, privacy and data protection issues.

Matthew acts for a varied client base of corporate clients and individuals in the public eye in both commercial and media litigation. He also represents a number of family offices and HNW and UHNW individuals in respect of privacy and reputational issues both in the UK and internationally.

Notable cases Matthew has been involved in include:

  • AJS -v- News Group Newspapers Limited [2017]:
    obtaining a privacy injunction for the Claimant (a well-known media/sports personality) against “The Sun” newspaper.
  • Tracy Dixon & Others -v- Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2019]:
    acting for the Claimant (a former model) in a successful privacy claim against South Yorkshire Police.
  • WXY -v- Gewanter & Others [2012] EWHC 1601 (QB):
    acting for the Claimant in a successful privacy claim, at the time obtaining the highest damages award in a privacy claim.
  • Phil Ivey -v- Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC 67:
    acting for the Claimant in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in what is to date the world’s highest-profile gambling case.
  • Representing a Hollywood actor in a High Court data protection/GDPR claim against a UK magazine publisher.
Matthew Dowd is “very knowledgeable and always available”.
Legal 500
Matthew Dowd is admired as an “extremely calm and thoughtful” practitioner in the field. He is an experienced litigator and acts for businesses and individuals on a range of defamation and reputation management matters.
Chambers & Partners
Matthew Dowd is “extremely sensible”, “approachable” and “down to earth”. He is best known for his work in reputation management.
Legal 500