Experience

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 [2017] EWCA Civ 49; [2017] 1 WLR 2523, a leading case on anonymity in appellate proceedings; and Pollard v University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust [2017] 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.

Awards

Eastham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2013);
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team, Lincoln’s Inn (2012);
Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2011);
Lord Bowen Scholarship (2010);
Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)

Education

Brasenose College, University of Oxford: BA (History) (2010)
City University, London: Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction, 6th in year) (2011)

Professional Memberships

Personal Injury Bar Association
Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association

Languages

Conversational French

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

Connect

Court of Appeal Anonymity Case

On 19.1.17, Matt Waszak, instructed by the Bar Pro Bono Unit, acted for the appellant in an application before the Court of Appeal (Gloster (Vice President), King, Lewison LJJ) to preserve the anonymity of appeal proceedings in an ancillary relief case. Judgment was handed down by the Court on 08.02.17. A copy of the judgment can be read here

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Inquest into the death of Pte Cheryl James (Deepcut Barracks)

Nicholas Moss and Emma Price (assisted by Matthew Waszak) represented the Ministry of Defence and two individual servicemen in the further inquest into the death of Cheryl James. Ms James was the second of four trainees to die at Deepcut in the period 1995-2002. The first inquest was quashed on grounds of insufficiency of inquiry.

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TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue VIII – July 2018

2nd July 2018

Please see link below for Issue VIII of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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TGC Costs Newslater

17th May 2018

Please see link below to the latest TGC Costs Newsletter.


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TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue VI – September 2017

21st September 2017

Please see link below for Issue 6 of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue V – May 2017

4th May 2017

Please see link below for Issue 5 of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.

 

TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue V


TGC Fraud Update v3 – June 2016

22nd June 2016

Stemming the tide of the fraud.
Please see link below for the third edition of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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‘Elementary, my dear Watson’: The duty to investigate in article 2 inquests

24th February 2016

Matt Waszak has written an article published in the Solicitors’ Journal (23 February 2016, Volume 160, Issue 7), which considers a coroner’s investigative duty under section 5 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in an article 2 inquest, following the Divisional Court’s judgment in R (on the application of Maureen Speck) v HM Coroner for District of York [2016] EWHC 6 (Admin). The article is provided on Lawtel at: https://www.lawtel.com/UK/Searches/2610/AL4208745 and via the link below.


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TGC Fraud Update February 2016

3rd February 2016

Facing up to the challenge of fraud rings.
Please see link below for the second edition of TGC Fraud Update, a publication which was set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters. Thank you also for all of the kind words and helpful feedback received about the inaugural edition.

 


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Small claims, big issues

8th December 2015

Matt Waszak has written an article for Solicitors’ Journal (December 2015, Volume 159, Issue 46) which considers the judgments in A v Royal Mail Group [2015] and their impact on the recoverability of success fees and ATE insurance premiums from damages awards in personal injury claims brought on behalf of children and protected parties. The full article can be via the link below.


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Conclusions in the Sean Benton (Deepcut) inquest

18th July 2018

The nominated judge-coroner HH Peter Rook QC today gave his findings of fact and conclusions in the fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton, who died on 9 June 1995 at Deepcut barracks. Nicholas Moss, Emma Price and Matthew Waszak represented the Ministry of Defence.

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TGC Costs Newsletter

17th May 2018

Please see link below to the latest TGC Costs Newsletter.


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Fresh Inquest into the death of Sean Benton

26th January 2018

The fresh inquest into the death of Sean Benton, who died at Deepcut Barracks on 9 June 1995, was resumed on 24 January 2018.  Nicholas Moss, Emma Price and Matthew Waszak represent the Ministry of Defence. The evidence is expected to be heard between 24 January 2018 and the end of March 2018.


TGC Costs Newsletter

4th July 2017

Welcome to the very first edition of TGC’s Costs Newsletter! Costs has been a huge part of our practice at TGC for as long as it has been recognised as a discrete area of law. Whilst the team has naturally changed and evolved over that time, it has retained phenomenal strength and depth from its leadership right through to its most junior members. We pride ourselves on being leaders in the field and being able to offer a client service level second to none. We remain extremely grateful for our Directory recognition, and through 2017 we’ve reinvigorated our energy levels as a team being ever ready to serve!

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£30,000 Credit Hire Claim Dismissed With Issue-Based Costs Order Made

20th June 2017

In Braibente v QBE Insurance, Matt Waszak (instructed by Stuart Clemson of DWF and Suky Cheema of QBE Insurance) acted for the defendant insurer in the successful dismissal of a claim for credit hire and storage charges exceeding £30,000. District Judge Parker, sitting in the Wandsworth County Court, handed down a written judgment on 13 June 2017 following trial on 20 April 2017.

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TGC Fraud Update Issue V – May 2017

4th May 2017

TGC Fraud Update May 2017, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.

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High Court Judgment on Pre-LASPO ATE Premium

26th January 2017

On 7 July 2016, Matt Waszak, instructed by Jessica Wilson of A&M Bacon, appeared for the successful appellant in an appeal of a summary assessment of a pre-LASPO ATE premium before Langstaff J in the case of Pollard v University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.

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Tina Norman v Robert Norman Court of Appeal

25th January 2017

On 19 January 2017, Matt Waszak, instructed by the Bar Pro Bono Unit, acted for the appellant in an application before the Court of Appeal (Gloster (Vice President), King, Lewison LJJ) to preserve the anonymity of appeal proceedings in an ancillary relief case.

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TGC Fraud Update v3 – June 2016

22nd June 2016

Stemming the tide of the fraud.

Please see link below for the third edition of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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Cheryl James Inquest

3rd June 2016

Nicholas Moss and Emma Price (assisted by Matthew Waszak) acted for the Ministry of Defence and two individual soldiers in the fresh inquest into the death of Cheryl James, who died at Deepcut Barracks on 27 November 1995.

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