Matthew Ryder is a barrister and the Deputy Mayor for Social Integration,  Social Mobility and Community Engagement.

Matthew became a barrister in 1992, specialising in complex crime, criminal related civil work, media and data law. He’s represented clients in some very high-profile cases, including the families of Stephen Lawrence and Ian Tomlinson. He has argued cases before the UK Supreme Court, European Court of Human Rights and International Criminal Court. In 2010 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel and he has regularly been named as one of the most influential persons of African-Caribbean heritage in the UK by the annual ‘Powerlist’. 

Matthew grew up in London, the son of a Jamaican mother and English father. He attended his local comprehensive before studying law at Cambridge University and Columbia University in New York.