Matthew is the Managing Partner of Burns Nowlan LLP. He graduated from Griffith College Dublin in 2004 and joined Burns Nowlan in 2006 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. Matthew has been a partner since 2014.
Matthew is an experienced Criminal Law practitioner and has successfully defended clients in the District Court, Circuit Criminal Court, Central Criminal Court and Court of Criminal Appeal. Matthew has established an expertise in High Court Judicial Review proceedings, he has brought successful judicial review proceedings resulting in the overturning of criminal convictions.
Matthew is also an expert in Immigration Law and can apply to the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service for Citizenship, Residency and work visas. He has also successfully challenged decisions of the Minister for Justice to High Court by way of Judicial Review on behalf of clients who have had their applications refused.
In addition, Matthew has acted on behalf of hundreds of clients in recovering compensation for prisoners whose right to privacy was violated. He was one of the first Solicitors in Ireland to call for the setting up of a redress scheme for prisoners who were not provided with adequate sanitation services while in the care of the State. These rights were vindicated in the landmark Supreme Court decision of Gary Simpson v Governor of Mountjoy Prison & Ors which found that prisoners’ rights to privacy were being violated by out-of-date practices and poor sanitation facilities in Irish prisons.
Matthew also has a busy litigation practice and is currently representing a substantial number of clients who are seeking compensation as a result of the treatment they were subjected to while in State run Mother and Baby Homes.