Mathew Forde


Mathew is a commercial law specialist with 25 years of experience. Much of his practice has been spent advising a range of commercial clients in manufacturing, retail, design, media & entertainment (including film and television) and the food industry. He also has extensive experience in advising his commercial clients on best practices for protecting, policing and monetising their intellectual property assets and reputation. He also advises businesses on pre-publications and communication matters.


Mathew primarily advises clients on managing contentious matters ranging from contractual disputes, to damage to reputation and to infringement of intellectual property rights and employment issues. In particular, Mathew specialises in copyright, trademark and passing off disputes; trade secret /breach of confidentiality cases; design and patent disputes and also reputation management and defamation. Mathew has acted for clients in the UK in hearings before the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Privy Council. He also has extensive experience in litigating overseas (in particular in the US (New York), Canada and New Zealand).


His principal areas of law include:


  • General commercial
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Defamation & Privacy
  • Dispute resolution


After qualifying in English law Mathew practised first in London with the City law firm Lawrence Graham from 1994 until 2001, where he primarily specialised in international trade. He subsequently returned to Northern Ireland in 2002, initially as a senior in-house lawyer in the pharmaceutical industry, where he further developed his interest in intellectual property law. Later, in 2006, he set up in private practice with a special focus on commercial, media and intellectual property law. The practice eventually evolved into Forde Campbell LLC in 2012.


Edinburgh University
College of Law, London

Mathew regularly gives talks and presentations on intellectual property rights and media issues.

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Forde Campbell LLC,
1-3 Lombard Street, Belfast
Northern Ireland, BT1 1RB

02890 897610
9am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday