The Partners

 

THE PARTNERS


 

Jason McCue is the Senior and a Founding Partner of McCue & Partners and recognised as a Leading Individual in Civil Liberties and Human Rights by the Legal 500. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on international public and civil affairs, transitional justice, human rights, peace and reconciliation and conflict resolution.

Jason is a leading international figure in crisis management and resolution.  He is regularly called upon by heads of state, governments, opposition groups, corporations and public figures to provide advice on a broad array of issues, from commercial and private concerns to transitional justice schemes and humanitarian matters.

He is recognised as a leading U.K. expert on litigation, human rights and reputation management (defamation (libel and slander), privacy and confidentiality).

Jason was awarded the Law Society of England and Wales’ Solicitor of the Year 2009-2010 for, amongst other things, his work on human rights issues in Africa.  In 2011, he was honoured with a doctorate in law.  For further information see his biography in Who’s Who.

Legal Background


Jason has a wealth of experience in advising on public interest matters and world-affairs.  He has in-depth experience on government affairs, foreign policy, counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation, legal, commercial and humanitarian/development matters throughout Africa. He has acted for numerous heads of state, governments, NGOs, the United Nations, the African Union, high-profile international companies and individuals to deal with an array of policy, legal, human rights, peace-process, conflict resolution, diplomatic, political and crisis management issues. He is renowned also for the use and development of domestic and international civil class actions/private prosecutions and human rights cases on behalf of victims (whether victims of terror, rogue regimes, states, corporates or individuals), as well as asset recovery initiatives.

Jason represents many commercial individuals and organisations and has a wealth of experience in advising on commercial matters and matters of public interest and public affairs.  He advises many high-profile individuals on an array of discrete legal, personal, business and political issues. He has confidentially advised political world leaders, governments, opposition groups as well as charities, NGOs and humanitarian organisations on an array of issues.

He has wide experience and had successes in every continent in ensuring the release and return home (whether through legal process, campaigning or negotiation) of numerous alleged criminal and political prisoners abroad.

Jason also spent many years defending one of the world’s largest media organisations against numerous libel actions brought against its newspapers.  He also advised many other newspapers and broadcasters in the U.K. as well as international insurance companies in the errors and omissions business.

Other interests


Jason has a long established working relationship with the political and government infrastructure  within the UK and various other world leaders and institutions.

He is very active on global humanitarian, justice, civil society and development issues.  Examples are: He was the architect of Mandate Darfur which was developed with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and has worked closely with UNAMID in the region on an array of matters.  He was engaged in transitional justice and post conflict issues in Libya.  He is a founder of the Great Foundation along with his wife and others that is dedicated to fostering gender equality globally.  He is a Consultant to Beyond Borders.  Previously, he has also been a former Ambassador for Femmes Africa Solidarité and Head of Crisis Action’s Advisory Committee.

He is a regular commentator for newspapers, radio and TV.

Legal Highlights


McDonald -v- The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Colonel Muammar Qadhafi et al: Lead counsel representing the interests of victims of Provisional IRA (PIRA) bombings carried out with the support of the Gaddafi regime.

Breslin & Ors -v- McKenna & Ors: Lead counsel in the world’s first ever civil proceedings against members of a terrorist organisation and the Real IRA (RIRA), on behalf of the families of those killed in the 1998 bombing of Omagh.  Mr. McCue led the case to victory in 2010. He was also instrumental in the successful lobbying of the U.S. Government that brought about its designation of the RIRA by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organisation.

Almog -v- Arab Bank Plc: Co-counsel representing over 2000 victims of HAMAS suicide bombings before U.S. District Court.  The defendant stands accused of handling and transferring funds in support of terrorism.

The Times -v- Thomas (“Slab”) Murphy: Led the only successful legal action in which a Chief of Staff of the Provisional IRA was proven, in court, to be the head of a terrorist organisation.

Jason has successfully represented a number of personalities in respect of criminal allegations made against them, including John Leslie.

Jason has advised, organised and managed numerous domestic and international campaigns on a variety of matters, from justice against the Omagh Bombers to Free Belarus Now.

Jason can be emailed at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Jury is the Managing and a Founding Partner of McCue & Partners and is licensed to practice as both a solicitor of England and Wales and attorney-at-law (New York).

In 2013, he was shortlisted for the Law Society of England & Wales’ Solicitor of the Year for his contribution to public-interest law and human rights. He is recommended by the Legal 500 in the field of Civil Liberties and Human Rights and is a member of the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee.

Background


Matthew is an expert in public international law, domestic and international human rights law, litigation (counter-terrorism and multi-jurisdictional), and campaign management and has a wide-ranging academic background in international humanitarian law and its frameworks, constitutional law and practice, and criminal justice. He has extensive experience in the management and gathering of complex evidence as well as practical hands-on knowledge of innocence and mitigation investigation.

He has repeatedly received praise from the Legal 500, including for his “amazing international knowledge“, and was named a Times’ ‘Lawyer of the Week’ for his carriage of Breslin & Ors v Murphy & Daly, the successful civil retrial of two members of the Real IRA for the 1998 bombing of Omagh in the Belfast High Court. Matthew’s clients include hundreds of victims of terrorism worldwide and he has represented them in a number of groundbreaking civil prosecutions against the perpetrators, supporters and financiers of global terrorism, including the IRA, Real IRA, HAMAS and Muammar Gaddafi.

Matthew formerly worked representing death row inmates in Virginia and South Carolina, US, and has advised and represented a number of political prisoners and UK citizens detained overseas in circumstances absent of due process and/or in breach of international standards of detention and human rights in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

He is a regular commentator for newspapers, radio and TV.

Legal Highlights


U.K. Parliament Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (2015-2017): Requested, successfully secured and submitted evidence to a parliamentary inquiry which led to publication of a report recommending HMG enter into direct government-to-government negotiations with Libya on behalf of UK victims of Libyan sponsored terrorism.

Bacon v. The Iraq Inquiry (2015 – 2016) – Bereaved families of British soldiers killed in Iraq raised a legal challenge against the Iraq Inquiry for interminable delays in publishing report, which led to the Inquiry expediting its work to ensure publication in 2016.

Justice for the Juba Four (2014) – A civil society campaign that successfully secured freedom for four political prisoners in South Sudan.

Phone Hacking Victims v News Group Newspapers (2013-2014) – Secured settlements for victims of phone hacking by News International.

Dahabshiil v. HM Treasury (2013) – Acted on behalf of Dahabshiil’s clients to engage with HMG regarding those clients’ rights in respect of money remittance.

Breslin & Ors -v- Murphy & Daly (2013): Led the successful civil retrial of two members of the Real IRA for the 1998 bombing of Omagh in the Belfast High Court.

Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v. Kevin Maxwell (2013): Supervised the representation of Kevin Maxwell, a black and gay former counter-terror officer, in his claims of harassment and discrimination against the Metropolitan Police at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The MET was found guilty of 41 counts of racism and discrimination.

House of Commons Home Affairs Committee (2013): Assisted in a submission to the Home Affairs Committee on Leadership and Standards in the Police.

Belarus (2012): Prepared the prosecution of Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus and various other officials, for the torture and other abuses of political prisoners. He advised a Belarusian/ international coalition of leading lawyers, who jointly prepared a criminal case against President Lukashenko and others on charges of torture and hostage taking. This assisted in the release of a number of political prisoners.

U.K. Parliament Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (2009-2010): On the request of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, provided a written report on the use of civil litigation as an alternative to criminal prosecutions in cases of terrorism.

Breslin & Ors -v- McKenna & Ors (2006-2012): A lead member of the team that succesfully sued the Omagh bombers on behalf of the families of their victims and secured damages of £1.6 million.  Led the defence of the Appeal before the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland.

McDonald v The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahirya (2006-2008) – Assisted in the representation of hundreds of victims of IRA terrorism sponsored by Muammar al-Gaddafi in claims before U.S. district court.

Campaigns (Various) – Organized, managed and advised a number of domestic and international campaigns, including on behalf of: the victims of the Omagh Bombing and 7/7; victims of genocide in Darfur; political prisoners in Belarus (www.freebelarusnow.org); and, Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukraine Democracy.

Between 2001 and 2005 Matthew was employed in the U.S. in the field of capital litigation in a dual role as a lawyer and as an investigator.  He worked with a number of organisations providing legal assistance to indigent defendants facing the death penalty.

Matthew can be emailed at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @finchbailey