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Matthew Townsend



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Matthew Townsend



Matt is a Partner in, and global co-head of, the International Trade and Regulatory Group and advises extensively on a range of global trade and compliance issues including:

  • International trade law;
  • Sanctions and export controls; 
  • Anti-bribery policies, due diligence and compliance;
  • Environmental, health and safety risks;
  • Chemicals and product regulation;
  • Climate change and carbon trading;
  • Nuclear regulation;
  • Transparency and disclosure requirements;
  • Business ethics and supply chain controls;
  • Human rights.

Leading directories note: “If I was putting together a dream team, it would have him in it.” Chambers UK 2018

“Matthew Townsend is ‘very experienced, knowledgeable, and client and business-focused’.” Chambers Europe 2018

“Matthew Townsend is an ‘extremely strong and truly engaging professional adviser’.” Legal 500 UK 2017

News & insights

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Publications: 09 JANUARY 2020

European environmental law and policy: What’s in store for 2020?

The start of a New Year is a good time to take stock as to what we can expect in European environmental law and policy over the next 12 months. Unlike previous years, 2020 is already shaping up to be a momentous year at both a European and member state level particularly as regards climate change. 

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Publications: 17 DECEMBER 2019

European Green Deal: roadmap to a climate neutral Europe

On 11 December 2019, the new European Commission announced its much-awaited European Green Deal (EGD)1, which sets out a wide range of major policy and legislative proposals to transition Europe to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050. 

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Publications: 12 DECEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy publishes seventh edition of The Business and Human Rights Review

Allen & Overy’s Human Rights Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the seventh edition of The Business and Human Rights Review.  

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Publications: 05 DECEMBER 2019

Sanctions update: Applicability of Article 5

Applicability of Article 5 of Regulation 833/2014 to EU incorporated entities and the meaning of “acting on behalf or at the direction of”.

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1996

Admitted as solicitor, Ireland, 2018


BA (Hons), University of Birmingham, 1992

Diploma, Law, The College Of Law, York, 1993

Diploma, Legal Practice, The College Of Law, York, 1994

Pro-bono experience

  • Ambassador for Hope and Homes for Children
  • Executive member of the Legal Sector Alliance

Published work

  • Co-editor: "REACH - Best Practice Guide to Regulation 1907/2006" (Hart/Beck)
  • Contributor: "Project Finance" by G. Vinter (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Contributor: "EPC Contracts and Major Projects" by N. Pritchard (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Matt is a regular speaker and commentator on business compliance issues.