Matt practises principally in the fields of personal injury, costs and litigation funding, inquests and health and safety. He has a busy Court practice and has appeared, unled, in the Court of Appeal in Norman v Norman  EWCA Civ 49;  1 WLR 2523, a leading case on anonymity in appellate proceedings; and Pollard v University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust  1 Costs LR 45, on the recoverability of legal expenses insurance.
He is currently instructed as junior counsel by the Ministry of Defence in the fresh (Deepcut) inquest into the death of Sean Benton, having been instructed in the inquest in 2016 into the death of Cheryl James. Between 2014 and 2016, Matt was instructed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in the Hillsborough Inquests.
Matt has a busy personal injury practice, acting for both claimants and defendants. He has extensive experience of road traffic, employer’s liability, public liability and occupier’s liability claims. He has both a busy trial and advisory practice. He is currently instructed by the Ministry of Defence in the Iraqi Civilian Litigation, arising from alleged mistreatment by British forces.
Much of his defendant practice focuses on defending and advising in respect of fraudulent road accident claims, involving allegations of disputed passenger occupancy and staged accidents. He regularly acts for motor insurers in defending suspected fraudulent and exaggerated claims. He has obtained findings of fundamental dishonesty and enforceable costs orders on behalf of defendant insurers against dishonest claimants.
Costs and litigation funding
Matt regularly appears in the County Courts and Senior Courts Costs Office in relation to a broad range of costs and litigation funding disputes. They include, but not exhaustively: the recovery of pre-LASPO and post-LASPO ATE insurance premiums; detailed assessments; assessments under the Solicitors’ Act 1974; retainer disputes; costs budgeting; and arguments in relation to the fixed recoverable costs regime.
He receives regular instructions in relation to appeals of costs decisions. He appeared for the successful appellant in the High Court in Pollard v University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust  1 Costs LR 45, a leading case on the recoverability of pre-LASPO ATE insurance. He is a contributing editor to Greenslade on Costs and an Assistant Editor of the Temple Garden Chambers Costs Newsletter.
Matt is currently instructed as junior counsel by the Ministry of Defence in the fresh (Deepcut) inquest into the Sean Benton, having been instructed in the fresh inquest in 2016 into the death of Cheryl James. Between 2014 and 2016, Matt was instructed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in the Hillsborough Inquests. In 2014, he was instructed to assist with an independent review into allegations of historic child abuse in Rochdale.
Health and safety
Matt defends individuals and corporations in criminal proceedings in both the Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts. He has specific knowledge of the construction industry having worked, before pupillage, as a legal assistant at specialist construction set Keating Chambers. His criminal work in this sphere neatly dovetails with his civil practice and inquest work in the Coroners Courts.
Beyond the law, Matt previously worked as a teacher at a school in West London alongside his legal studies, as a summer investment banking analysist at Citigroup and co-founded and ran an event management company while at school/university. He is personable and commercial in his approach to all work on behalf of his clients. He enjoys a range of sports, music and travel.