Matt undertakes a broad spectrum of civil and public law work, in both an advisory capacity and as an advocate before a range of courts and tribunals.
Inquests and Inquiries
He is currently instructed by the Government Legal Department in relation to the fresh inquest into the death of Cheryl James, who died at Deepcut barracks in 1995. He was junior counsel for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) at the Hillsborough inquests. In 2014, he was instructed to assist with an independent review into allegations of historic child abuse in Rochdale.
Personal injury, civil fraud and credit hire
Matt has a busy personal injury practice, acting for both claimants and defendants.
He has substantial experience of claims arising from road traffic accidents, which includes defending and advising in respect of fraudulent claims, involving allegations of disputed passenger occupancy and staged accidents. An increasing focus of his practice involves defending dishonest claims on behalf of motor insurers, particularly for exaggerated injuries arising from low velocity impact (LVI) collisions. He has obtained findings of fundamental dishonesty and enforceable costs orders on behalf of defendant insurers against dishonest claimants. He regularly acts in credit hire litigation and has provided seminars on the topic to large nationwide firms.
Matt also has experience of Employer’s Liability and Occupier’s Liability claims, as well as claims brought under the Highways Act 1980 and Animals Act 1971. He has an increasing interest in industrial disease work. He is a regular contributor to the Personal Injury Brief Update (PIBU).
Matt appears in detailed assessments for paying and receiving parties, both in the County Courts and the Senior Courts Costs Office. Between November 2014 and March 2015, he was instructed as junior counsel in detailed assessment proceedings arising from actions brought in the High Court and the Principle Registry of the Family Division.
He is also instructed regularly in costs hearings concerning the recovery of ATE insurance premiums. His costs practice involves regular instructions for clients at costs and case management hearings.
Matt is well versed in the nuances of the fixed costs and qualified one-way costs shifting regimes, and the costs arguments arising under both. In October and November 2015, he was invited to speak at the Essential Costs Law Update for Clinical Negligence Professionals on the recoverability of success fees and ATE premiums from children’s and protected parties’ damages following the decisions in A & Anor v Royal Mail Group .
General commercial and construction
Matt accepts instructions in a wide range of contractual disputes. He is instructed regularly by national utility companies in relation to disputes arising from their contracts of supply. Recent experience in this field of work includes defending a claim brought against a national utility company for defective repair work.
Previously a legal research assistant at specialist construction set Keating Chambers, he gained experience of construction, technology and procurement disputes and assisted with the publication of several practitioner texts including: Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings, 17th edition, 1st supplement, Thompson Reuters (2013); Simpson, Professional Negligence and Liability, ‘Architects, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors’ , Informa Law (2013); Keating on JCT Contracts, Sweet and Maxwell (2013); and Keating on Construction Contracts, First Supplement to the Ninth Edition, Sweet and Maxwell (2013).
Pro Bono Work
Matt is willing to consider instructions on a pro bono basis. He works as an adviser at the Battersea Legal Advice Clinic and has undertaken both employment and social security cases for the Free Representation Unit. Other such experience includes work for the National Centre for Domestic Violence and the Golden Lane Law Clinic in Islington.
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. 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.