Matthew Moriarty


Year of Call: 2010

Practice Group(s): Immigration

Portrait of Matthew Moriarty

BVC - College of Law, London 2008 to 2010 (part time)

LLM - Kings College, London 2001 to 2002
[Specialising in human rights law]

LLB - Kings College, London – 1998 to 2001

Practice Profile:
Matthew practises in asylum, immigration, human rights and public law. In addition to specialising in European Union law, he has a strong background in asylum, deportation and human rights appeals. He has developed a wealth of experience working with vulnerable clients, including unaccompanied children and victims of trafficking.

Prior to joining chambers, Matthew was working in-house at Luqmani Thompson & Partners, appearing regularly in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, in a range of publicly and privately funded appeals and judicial review proceedings.

Matthew's previous role as in-house barrister and legal project manager at the AIRE Centre put him at the heart of the organisation's strategic litigation. His work centred on developing and bringing complex legal challenges and interventions to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union.

An example is the successful intervention in Saint Prix v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2014] EUECJ C-507/12, in which the CJEU confirmed that EEA national women who give up work due to the physical constraints of pregnancy and childbirth remain 'workers' under Article 45 TFEU.

Notable Cases:
Other notable cases include:

HD (trafficked women) Nigeria CG [2016] UKUT 454 (IAC).
Led by Kathryn Cronin QC, this Country Guidance case for victims of trafficking recognises the need for a holistic and fact-sensitive analysis of each victim's vulnerabilities.

Mirga and Samin v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Anor [2016] UKSC 1.
Led by Charles Banner, in an intervention regarding EU law residence rights and fundamental human rights of EU citizens.

Sanneh & Ors v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 49.
Led by Charles Banner in an intervention regarding the nature and extent of EU law rights of 'Zambrano' primary carers.

Further Professional Information:
Matthew completed his pupillage at Tooks Chambers in October 2011, practising mainly in criminal law, in addition to public law, including asylum and immigration appeals. Before coming to the bar, Matthew was an accredited caseworker at Refugee and Migrant Justice, where he achieved outstanding results in appeal hearings whilst completing the BVC part-time. His previous professional experience also included working as a Probation Service Officer, where he was elected as the anti-racism and diversity officer for the Sussex Branch of the National Association of Probation Officers.

Matthew is also a qualified football coach, bravely navigating his son's U9s team through the trials and tribulations of their fledgling careers as international superstars.