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Theo Mathias-Nwaulune Featured

  • Managing Director
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

Theo was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales on 1 April 2003. He was privileged to train at one of Gray’s Inn niche firms, after his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London Store Street. He read Law and Politics, graduating with LLB Honours in Law.

Throughout his career, Theo has ensured that he specialises in the whole field of civil litigation, drafting and interpretation of contract, law of torts, medical negligence/personal injury, including land law related issue, as well as a range of employment related matters. In addition, he follows this through where appeals are pursued to the courts, in the County Court, High Court (Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions), Court of Appeal (Civil Division), Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Although a Solicitor, he is also a passionate advocate. His collateral advocacy repertoire includes appearing on numerous occasions in the County Court, the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals (Employment and Immigration and Asylum Chambers) and before the High Court, in Chambers. The breadth of expertise Theo has ossified over the years can be seen from a small selection of his reported cases.

Notable Cases

European Court
  • Patrick Kingonzila v United Kingdom 41930/08 [2009] ECHR 1572, in which the ECtHR admitted Theo’s application under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights to the court on behalf of Mr Kingonzila that his deportation from the United Kingdom to the Democratic Republic of Congo after his seven years’ prison sentence, will violate his right to respect for his private and/or his family life. He had established root and strong human rights in the United Kingdom: He arrived in the United Kingdom aged just seven, had attended primary, secondary school and college in this country, had been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, was 26 years old at the date of the ECtHR’s decision and had been in this country at the time for over 16 years, his parents and siblings, with whom he came to this country originally, were all British Citizens (two of whom had sadly died while he was serving a prison sentence), he had no family ties in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he was in a durable relationship with a British partner and had a British child with whom he also had strong relationship, he had been assessed by an independent Psychiatric Professor as having a reformed mindset with no risk of reoffending. Theo was strongly persuaded that it was unlawful under these circumstances for the Secretary of State for the Home Department to deport Mr Kingonzila from the United Kingdom, the Court accepted. He was released on bail following the positive decision of the ECtHR. Read more on BAILII.
Court of Appeal
High Court
County Court
  • Nweze -v- Nwoko (2003) unreported Romford County Court/Civil Justice Centre. Theo acted for the Defendant. He also obtained permission from the Court of Appeal and retained Junior and Queen's Counsel who appeard in the in the Appellate Court for the Defendant.
Upper Tribunal

Sanade and others (British children – Zambrano – Dereci) [2012] UKUT 00048 (IAC) aka Harrison @ the UT + Many more Upper Tribunal and First-Tier Tribunal Casesin which it was accepted, in setting aside the decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT), that there was an error of law "by reason of the failure of the Tribunal to examine the interests of the British national children as a primary consideration in the light of the guidance in ZH (Tanzania)." The FTT's decisions having been set aside by the Upper Tribunal (UT), it then remade the decision, striking "Article 8 balance between the interest of the family members and the public interest favouring deportation." Read more on Upper Tribunal.

International Law Practice

Theo’s international practice covers a wide range of international commercial contractual issues including sale, supply and distribution agreements, structured finance, investment disputes, construction disputes.

He has acted for various African States, notably, Adamawa State, Taraba State and Niger State of Nigeria, in major banking disputes against four of Europe’s largest Merchant Banks, worth over £10b. These cases were settled out of court after proceedings were issued in the High Court, in the United Kingdom, widely known as The Paris Club Agreement.

Theo was a joint solicitor in one of the Europe’s largest class-action cases, involving over 250,000 victim claimants, in a case which undoubtedly represents one of Africa's worse man-made toxic and ill-spills disasters yet. The value of the claim is in excess of £1b.

Supreme Court Applications

Theo has a few applications before the Supreme Court of England and Wales, in his attempt to advance very complex and nascent legal principles.

He has taken the following cases from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court:

  • AV (DRC) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 937
  • R (MN (Tanzania)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] 2 All ER 772
  • Harrison (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1736

Theo, the firm's founder, supervises the operational aspects of the business while providing expert services in a wide range of legal disciplines. He specialises in all types of civil litigation work but practices other areas of law, as indicated below:

Contact Theo if you require any advice, assistance and representation:

020 3490 1221

079 5831 2470

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