Matthew’s practice has an emphasis on regulatory prosecutions, fatal road traffic prosecutions, inquests, personal injury and general chancery and commercial matters.
He is an Associate Member of Linenhall Chambers and also practices from Farrar’s Building in London.
Health and Safety
Regularly instructed to defend companies or their directors, Matthew has a significant experience in this area, including:
- Acts for directors and defendant companies prosecuted under Health and Safety legislation
- Cases usually involve complex technical issues and expert evidence
- Appears in Crown, Magistrates and Coroners courts at trial, interlocutory and sentencing stages
- Provides advice in conference and in writing
Matthew regularly advises and defends individuals prosecuted for causing death whilst driving. He has unique experience in this area as he is able to straddle both the criminal
and civil court jurisdictions and understands the tactical issues faced by lay clients and their insurers when facing linked criminal and civil prosecutions.
In addition, Matthew has significant prosecution experience over the years, acted as disclosure counsel to the Serious Fraud Office and been led in a number of cases by Queen’s Counsel.
Trust and Probate
Matthew has a developing interest in contentious probate and estates work. He is an associate member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (“ACTAPS”).
He is able to offer advice in the following areas:
- Challenging wills and the associated procedures.
- Claims under the Inheritance Provision for Family and Dependants Act 1975 including:
- The statutory basis of an application
- Claims against Personal Representatives.
- Mental Capacity issues including:
- Testamentary capacity
- Enduring powers of attorney
- Lasting powers of attorney
- Decision making and deputies
- Statutory wills
- Capacity to marry of form a civil partnership
- Capacity to make lifetime gifts
- Trust disputes generally
- Is there a trust?
- Breach of trust
- Aspects of remedial action
- Defences to allegations of breach of trust
- Avoiding a breach of trust
Matthew regularly acts for both Claimants and Defendants and carries out work in all areas of the Personal Injury field. He acts for a number of local authorities and public bodies. He
has recent experience of high value cases.
Matthew often is instructed to represent the interests of employers, motorists and interested parties in inquests. He is well versed in the practice and procedures of coronial
law. In particular, he represents parties who are at risk of facing criminal prosecutions pending the outcome of an inquest. He is all too aware of the risks faced by individuals and companies alike who find themselves under investigation.
Commercial and Insurance
- Acts for both sides at trial often on multi track in a variety of cases
- Extensive experience in Credit Hire disputes
- Instructed in breach of contract claims and disputes arising out of insurance
- Experienced at settling “difficult” cases
- Provides advice in writing and in conference
Darlington BC v Aldi Stores Limited and Wilkinson Maintenance Limited  Unsecured smoking shelter caught by gust of wind injuring an employee.
HSE v Spa Laminates  Injuries caused by fork lift truck at manufacturing plant
HSE v Brims Construction Ltd  Fall on a building site through a void in a roof
HSE v Steele & Bray  Breach of regulation 4(1) of the Personal Protective Equipment
at Work Regulations 1992 whereby, it was alleged that the defendant failed to ensure that suitable personal protective equipment was provided to two contractors.
HSE v Habitat Construction LLP  Fall on a building site; complainant paralyzed; inadequate safety systems in place
HSE v TG Engineering Ltd  Machine tool manufacturer; flying parts causing injury (potential fatality)
Westminster City Council v Charalambous & Co  Falling object from height on hotel customer; life changing head injuries
HSE v Rare Butchers of Distinction  Butcher causing laceration with cleaver; inappropriate gauntlet
Wandsworth County Council v Rayners Catering Hire Limited  Death of an employee; catastrophic brain injury; fall in a warehouse; incorrectly stacked equipment by visitor to premises
HSE v Hampson  Gas explosion at residential property; prosecuted under Gas Safety (installation & Use) Regulations 1998; serious injuries to occupants and severe structural damage to property
HSE v Aden Pro Form  Experienced machine operator injured arm in metal press machine
HSE v Cambs Compressor Engineering Ltd  Employee fell from height; life changing injuries
Re: Bennett  (Coroner’s Court) Representing driver involved in fatal RTA
Re: Hicks  (Coroner’s Court before a jury) Representing family of deceased; decapitation at work on railways
Re: Edge  (Coroner’s Court before a jury) Defendant scaffolding company; fall from height; causation of fatality (pineal cyst)
R v Mitzman  Successfully defended a motorist charged with causing death by careless driving who came into collision with two pedestrians crossing a road
R v Smart  EWCA Crim 1756 Matthew represented a defendant charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving at first instance. He advised on the appeal against sentence which was successfully reduced by the Court of Appeal (represented by Douglas Day QC)
R v Calnan  Successfully defended a motorist charged with causing death by careless driving who came into collision with an oncoming motorcyclist
R v Blake  Defended a motorist who caused the death of a cyclist on a roundabout
Appeal of M (CA)  Disclosure and PII; reference by Criminal Case Review Commission; rape
R v S  Causing death by careless driving; speeding motorcyclist killed
R v S  Serious injury by dangerous driving; collision with pedestrian on zebra crossing
R v Howard  Assault by beating; domestic violence
R v Grant  Dangerous driving; collision with police motorcyclist
R v Tottman & Others  Multi handed conspiracy to steal metal from railways
R v Knight  Causing death by careless driving; distracted by wasp inside car; phobias
R v Cleal  Causing death by careless driving; death of motorcyclist; under the influence of alcohol; sleeping at the wheel
R v Clarke  Causing death by dangerous driving; hypoglycaemic attack whilst driving
Re: INL01 [2010-2012] Instructed by SFO; fraudulent trading; legal expenses insurer fraud circa £75 million
R v Prince  “confidence fraud” against lottery millionaire depriving victim of approximately £700,000; confiscation hearing
R v Adamson  Insolvency Act offences; money laundering; fraudulent trading; “jet set” lifestyle; appeal to CA; confiscation hearing
R v Young & Ors  Conspiracy to defraud GMP; civilian counter clerk accepting invalid documents
Cavell v Transport for London  EWHC 2283
MM v AP  Fire damage claim to 30 vehicles in airport car park (multi track); negligence and damages
J v B  Credit Hire claim (multi track); insolvent claimant
B v Metroline  Vexatious claimant bringing numerous claims for damages against various public transport companies; strike out
B v Churchill Insurance  Credit Hire claim (multi track and abandoned at Court of Appeal); arguments over agency
LB Sutton v JIFS Ltd  Dispute over business rates and recovery by local authority
D v H  Credit Hire (multi track)
Manchester Metropolitan University, BVC
College of Law, PgDL
University of Manchester, Russian Studies BA (Hons)
Marlborough College, Wiltshire
Member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Member of the Criminal Bar Association
Member of the Personal Injury Bar Association
Member of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
Associate Tenant at Linenhall Chambers