Matthew Evans

Director

Matthew Evans joined the AIRE Centre as Director in October 2013. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and is responsible for managing all aspects of the AIRE Centre's work as well as undertaking litigation himself. Prior to joining the AIRE Centre, Matthew was Managing Solicitor at the Prisoners Advice Service and in private practice, where he undertook mental health, community care and public law work. 

Matthew has been involved in over a dozen cases before the UK Supreme Court including Janah and Benkarbouche (a challenge to the UK’s State Immunity Act), SM (Algeria) (reference from UKSC to CJEU around direct family members) and Gubeladze (challenge to Worker Registration Scheme extension), as well as a number of other cases in the UK Higher Courts such as Help Refugees v SSHD (Dubs amendment), Gureckis (EU Rough Sleeper challenge), MK (Pakistan) (Extended Family Members appeal rights). Third Party Interventions in the European Courts, include cases on LGBTI rights (Sabalic v Croatia and Oliari and others v Italy), and immigration detention (OM v Hungary), as well as before the CJEU such as NA (derived rights and domestic violence victims) and Bajraktari (self-sufficiency and Chen parents). 

Matthew holds Masters degrees from Southampton University, the London School of Economics and Kings College London as well as a postgraduate qualification in Voluntary Sector Management from the CASS Business School. 

Matthew was shortlisted for the Law Society's Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award in 2017 and 2018. He is also Director of External Relations at Queen Mary University of London