Matthew Holmes BL

  • Junior Counsel: 2010

BCL (First) LLM Kings College London (Distinction), Associate of Kings College London (AKC), Law Society Certificate in Technology and Law

Areas of Practice:
  • Administrative Law
  • Criminal
  • General Practice
  • Judicial Review
Matthew Holmes BL
Bar of England & Wales
Bar of Northern Ireland
Other Memberships:
Associate of Kings College London
Other Languages:
French (Working)
Gaeilge (Fluent)
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Matthew Holmes is junior counsel specialising in adminstrative law,  judicial review/habeas corpus proceedings, general practise, and criminal law with a particular focus on regulatory law.He acts both for and against the state.

He is the author of a number of legal textbooks and articles focussing on administrative law and criminal law. He provides the commentary on Westlaw’s Consolidated Circuit Court Rules.  He is also a committee member of the IACBA, the Immigration Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association and was previously a member of ICBA the Irish Criminal Bar Association. He has taught in a number of Irish third level institutions, most notibly lecturing EU law in DIT. He is a tribunal member on IPAT, the International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Simeon Burke v the Governor of Cloverhill Prison [2023] IEHC 180.

I acted for the DPP in successfully resisting the applicants high profile application for habeas corpus. Seamus Clarke SC and Grainne O’Neill BL acted for the CSSO.

Article 40: Irelands Habeas Corpus procedure (Clarus press, forthcoming)

Criminal Procedure in the Circuit Court (Thompson Roundhall 2022)

Administrative Law Nutshells (First and Second editions- Thompson Roundhall 2014 + 2020)

EU Law Nutshell (Thompson Roundhall 2017)

Essential Law Text on Evidence (Thompson Roundhall 2018)

Commentary on Westlaw’s Consolidated Circuit Court Rules: Ongoing

20+ legal articles in the Irish Times, Irish Law Times Irish Criminal Law Journal, Law Society Gazette, Bar Review, Hibernian Law Review, Garda Review and elsewhere. My articles focus on judicial review, administrative law, criminal law and technology.

2018 UCC Law Conference speaking on AI and the law.

Legal training given for La Touche and others.

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086-894 3503
Criminal Courts Of Justice Parkgate St Dublin 8
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