Jason McCue is senior partner of McCue & Partners. He is an internationally recognised expert on human rights, victims’ rights, domestic and cross-border litigation, transitional justice (peace and reconciliation), conflict-resolution and negotiation.
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 U.K. Law Society’s 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.
Jason is well known for his pursuit of terrorists and rogue regimes through the civil and criminal courts and for the tracing and recovery of their assets. He is renowned 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.
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.
Jason has a long established working relationship with the political and government infrastructure within the UK and various other world leaders and institutions. Jason is head of the Libyan U.K. Reconciliation Group which is supported by a dedicated unit within the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
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 (see www.mandatedarfur.org) and has worked closely with UNAMID in the region on an array of matters. He is 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 currently holds a number of positions within charities and NGOs that include:
- Ambassador for Femmes Africa Solidarité: www.fasngo.org
- Director of the GREAT Foundation: www.thegreatinitiative.com
- Chief Advisor to Crisis Action: www.crisisaction.org
- Consultant to Beyond Borders: www.beyondbordersscotland.com
- Director of MODA Group: including www.moda-solutions.com
He is a regular commentator for newspapers, radio and TV.
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 www.freebelarusnow.org.
As well as representing private clients in personal and commercial matters, Matthew is an expert in public international law, domestic and international human rights law, litigation (counterterrorism and multi-jurisdictional), and campaign management and has a wide-ranging academic background in international humanitarian law and its frameworks, U.S. Constitutional practice and theories of criminal justice. He possesses extensive experience in the management and gathering of complex evidence as well as practical hands-on knowledge of innocence and mitigation investigation.
He has received “high” praise for his “amazing international knowledge” from the Legal 500, was recently named a Times’ Lawyer of the Week and, in 2013, was shortlisted for the Law Society of England & Wales’ Solicitor of the Year.
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 Real IRA, HAMAS and Muammar al-Gaddafi. In addition, he formerly represented death row inmates in Virginia and South Carolina, US, and has represented a number of individuals detained overseas in the Middle East and Africa in circumstances absent of due process and/or in breach of international standards of detention and human rights.
Matthew has lectured on a number of issues relating to international law and capital defence and has delivered practical training and supervision to students in this field. He has also presented at conferences on issues relating to victims of terrorism, including the European Victims of Terrorism Conference in Turin.
Matthew has managed an array of complex legal actions relating to the prosecution of terrorists, terrorist organisations, their sponsors and supporters. These include:
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.