Gurprit has a general civil, commercial law practice. Her expertise are in financial services law, including dispute resolution, financial regulation, litigation and corporate fraud.
Gurprit has a broad commercial practice: she has advised in insolvency cases involving liquidators, matters involving freezing injunctions, straight forward bankruptcy petitions, taxation issues, fraudulent misrepresentation, and contractual disputes. She has also gained experience of foreign jurisdictions, working in the Isle of Man and Hong Kong on commercial fraud and private client matters.
Gurprit has honed her advocacy skills acting in several lengthy and complex fraud cases; covering anti money laundering regulations, restraint orders, confiscation, civil fraud, conspiracy to defraud, fraudulent accounting and pharmaceutical licensing. She has successfully represented third party interests in confiscation cases and has extensive trial advocacy experience. Gurprit is able to provide a written opinion on a broad range of commercial disputes, in particular, involving fraud. She also advises litigation funders.
Gurprit has gained an in-depth knowledge of the FCA Handbook, the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), financial services law and regulation, market abuse, and money laundering regulations. Gurprit spent almost two years at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), gaining invaluable experience as an Investigator and Counsel, where she worked on several high profile cases.
She acts for and against financial institutions, and corporates in disputes involving banking and financial transactions. She particularly focuses on mis-selling of retail investment products. She has been successful in obtaining financial redress for mis-sold interest rate hedging products (IRHP). She has acted for HSBC, specifically to assess complex consequential loss claims, as part of the FCA led review into mis-selling of derivatives by banks. She has extensive expertise in this field.
Gurprit was a part of the FCA’s specialist wholesale team, investigating LIBOR / EURIBOR and TIBOR manipulation by individuals at Investment banks. She is able to provide appropriate and timely advice to those facing investigation by government agencies.
Gurprit also assisted the FCA team, in the preparation of the first litigated land banking trial, it was alleged that the defendants breached FSMA 2000 regulations in operating an unauthorised collective investment scheme, FSA v Asset Land & Others (2012). The FCA then went on to successfully resist the defence appeal, and won at the Supreme Court. This case is now the leading authority on the meaning of a collective investment scheme, under s.235 FSMA.
On the advisory side, Gurprit is able to provide advice to both banks and individuals (including companies) grappling with financial regulatory rules and regulations. She fully understands the challenges placed on financial institutions internationally, and on corporates and individuals in relation to Compliance Governance & Risk issues.
Gurprit is experienced in Early Neutral Evaluation. She has acted in a dispute resolution capacity on several cases, between banks and its customers. In particular her work at HSBC has been to ensure claims made under the FCA led Review are approached independently and fairly. She has dealt with numerous cases; from straight forward claims to highly complex cases.
She has also spent some time with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, gaining first-hand experience of the workings of International Arbitration. She is able to act in arbitration, and mock arbitration trials.
Gurprit regularly takes instructions in regulatory cases in a diverse range of areas; including financial, education, health and safety, licensing, breach of abatement notices, animal cruelty, food hygiene regulations (both in respect of declaratory relief on a civil complaint and criminal breaches).
She has provided pre-prosecution advice, drafted charges and attended court for local authorities. She has successfully prosecuted companies for counterfeit goods, followed by the settlement of Confiscation Orders. In particular, she has extensive financial regulation experience and is familiar with the investigation and disciplinary process to the Regulatory Decisions Committee and Upper Tribunal.
Gurprit advises on complex judicial review claims. In July 2017 Gurprit acted as junior counsel in R (on the application of Durand Academy Trust) v OFSTED and the Secretary of State (2017) EWHC 2097 (Admin), an important Judicial Review case; successfully challenging Ofsted’s decision to place a school in special measures. The court ruled that the regulator’s appeal process was not fair or rational for a substantive challenge to be made to an Ofsted Report. An appeal is outstanding.
Criminal Finances Act 2017: Preventing corporate facilitation of UK and foreign tax evasion, De Voli Indirect Tax Intelligence, November 2017
SME Banking and Business Support Units, Lexology, February 2018
- 2000 – LLB – Aberystwyth, University of Wales
- 2007 – BVC – Manchester Metropolitan University
- 2010 – MA – Criminal Justice System (specialism Restraint Orders) – Kings College London
- 2016 – International Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance – ICT & Manchester Business School
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- Commercial Bar Association
- Chancery Bar Association
- International Bar Association
- Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration
- Lincoln’s Inn (member of the Bar Representation Committee, and sub-committee, Finance & General Purposes)
- Surrey & South London Bar Mess (Co-Treasurer)
Gurprit Mattu is an independent self-employed barrister registered with the Bar Standards Board of England (ref. no 52768 ); whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales which code can be found at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk; has full professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (ref BM 2930/075) (details of the world-wide cover are provided at www.barmutual.co.uk); is registered for VAT (reg. no.109 4943 03); and can be contacted during chambers opening hours by telephone at 02074045055 or by e-mail at email@example.com.