Matthew obtained his LLB at the University of London and earned his Post-Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with Distinction from the College of Law. He also has a Masters degree in Social Anthropology. He speaks Russian, French, Spanish, Swedish and some Arabic.
He is an accredited specialist under the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.
Matthew started his career in immigration law at the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Russia, where he worked with refugees to help the UNHCR develop a better understanding of their legal and practical problems. He then worked at the Australian Department of Immigration in Russia and Australia as a caseworker and policy officer.
Returning to London in 2006, Matthew joined the Immigration Advisory Service. As a senior caseworker, Matthew developed a specialist practice in human rights, criminal deportation, asylum and European law cases. He also brought his insider understanding of visa processing to help clients succeed in family and student cases, including under the new Points-Based System. He has worked on high-profile cases at the UK Supreme Court (FA (Iraq) (FC) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant)  UKSC 22) as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union (McCarthy (European citizenship)  EUECJ C-434/09).
Clients appreciate Matthew's careful case preparation and his willingness to take the time to help clients understand their legal position.
Matthew is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and Amnesty International.
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