Matthew Crawford


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Matthew Crawford has 20 years’ experience practising commercial litigation in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Cayman Islands, where he was a partner in the litigation group at Maples and Calder.

His work has predominantly involved the financial services sector including company and shareholder disputes, insolvency and restructuring, regulatory proceedings, claims involving fiduciaries, and internal investigations.

In the Cayman Islands, Matthew appeared as counsel on matters including: contested winding up petitions, the appointment of interim liquidators, restructurings, preference/debt claims, the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, applications for freezing orders and other interim relief, jurisdiction challenges, judicial review, insurance/tort claims and other general commercial disputes.  He has extensively advised boards of directors of investment funds on their duties arising out of liquidity or other crisis events.  His work often involved a foreign element including advice on cross-border insolvency and conflicts of law/jurisdiction issues.

Matthew joined Bankside Chambers in February 2019 and is a Consultant for the leading offshore firm of Carey Olsen.

Recent and Notable Cases

Acted for an investment fund successfully resisting enforcement of a Brazilian arbitral award.

Counsel for company applying for restructuring provisional liquidation.  Consideration of directors’ power to petition absent a shareholder resolution, [2015] 2 CILR 255.

Counsel to a US bank, as indenture trustee, on a successful forum challenge in favour of New York Federal Court.

Freezing injunctions: against fraudulent principal of insurance manager; in support of interim arbitral award in New York.

Just and equitable winding up petitions based on justifiable lack of trust and confidence in management, loss of substratum, need for independent investigation.

Counsel for investment fund resisting a stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration in New York in a winding up context, [2014] 2 CILR 41.

Acted for investment fund striking out LCIA arbitration in London, in favour of winding up proceedings in the Cayman Islands.

Acted for preference claim defendants arising out of a significant investment fund fraud.

Successful judicial review of a decision to grant an aerodrome licence (heliport) resulting in the abrogation of nuisance claims; expert evidence in a judicial review context, [2014] 1 CILR 12.

Appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council – availability of security for costs in proof of debt proceedings within a winding up:  GFN SA and ors v Liquidators of Bancredit Limited [2009] UKPC 39.

Qualifications and Career


BCA, Victoria University of Wellington, 1995.
LLB, Victoria University of Wellington, 1996.
BCL (with distinction), University of Oxford, 2000.


Barrister & Solicitor, New Zealand, 1997.
Solicitor, England and Wales, 2002.
Attorney-at-Law, Cayman Islands, 2006.


Russell McVeagh, Wellington and Auckland, 1997-1999 and 2005-6.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London, 2000-2004.  Secondment to Goldman Sachs Jan-June 2002.
Maples and Calder, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, 2006-2017.  Partner 2009-2017.
Carey Olsen, Consultant, 2018.