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Matthew Bruce


Disputes, litigation and arbitration, Global investigations

really exceptional... unquestionably a well-recognised name in the corporate defence sphere

Who's Who Business Crime Defence (Leading Individual)

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About Matthew Bruce

Matthew is co-head (with Ali Sallaway) of our global investigations group in London and our corporate crime practice, and is also an experienced commercial litigator. 

He is recognised by directories for his wealth of experience in these areas, and has been highlighted as a leading lawyer in the field of investigations and a rising star in disputes. 

Matthew has led a number of major corporate investigations for blue-chip clients arising from allegations such as bribery and corruption, fraud and misaccounting. Recent matters have engaged Asia, the Middle East, former CIS territories and Africa.

In addition to advising clients on compliance and internal investigations, he is experienced in dealing with external regulators and authorities, including several matters before the UK Serious Fraud Office. 

Matthew also has significant experience acting for clients in large-scale, multijurisdictional litigation. He successfully represented WEX Inc in a landmark dispute in the English Commercial Court arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, for which the team he led was shortlisted for 2021 Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards, 2021 Commercial Litigation Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards and also for Innovation in Dispute Resolution at the FT Europe Innovative Lawyer Awards.  Previous notable cases include Berezovsky v Abramovich and Gudavadze & Ors v Anisimov, where Matthew spent a number of years representing a Russian businessman in a $2bn claim in both the Commercial Court and Chancery Division.

Recent work

Given the nature of the investigations that Matthew is involved in, much of Matthew's work is strictly confidential:

  • Advising a major pharmaceutical company in relation to allegations of misconduct in its Asia business.
  • Advising a number of clients in the oil and gas sector in relation to allegations of wrongdoing in emerging markets, including Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
  • Regularly advising multinational clients on anti-bribery and corruption compliance, money-laundering, and other risks facing their businesses.
  • Advising a professional services company in relation to allegations in the Middle East, Asia and to matters in South Africa.
  • Advising an international oil consortium in relation to issues it faced in the CIS territories.



  • Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, UK (MA in law, first class)
  • Nottingham Law School, UK (distinction)

Other professional roles

  • Trustee of Fair Trials International