Matthew specialises in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence work, including catastrophic injuries, accidents at work, occupiers' and other public liability, road traffic accidents (with a particular interest in fraudulent claims), sports claims and industrial diseases. Matthew is often instructed at a very early stage in such proceedings, giving practical strategic advice in writing and conference, and thereafter representing parties through to final hearings, settlement meetings and appeals."
Matthew’s work is split equally between claimant and defendant work.
His claimant practice includes fatal accident act claims, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation and disease claims. He is currently instructed for the claimants in the sofa dermatitis GLO. He has significant experience of complex loss of earnings claims for the self-employed and sole traders. For claimants much of his work is CFA or CCFA funded.
Matthew also regularly acts for several multinationals, spanning road, rail, construction, oil, retails and leisure industries. In the past few years his defence practice has included claims arising from an oil refinery explosion, multiple claims from theme park rides, rail industry injuries (including under the rail industry CAHA), direct instructions from insurers and numerous multi-party construction site claims.
Matthew has significant experience of inquests representing families, companies, state institutions and NHS Trusts in a wide variety of inquests, including article 2 and other jury inquests.
Matthew has significant experience of the CICA, having appeared in a large number of multi-million pound pre-tariff brain injury claims. He was involved in the drafting of a Peters-type undertaking for use in CICA claims of significant value which would meet with the approval of the Court of Protection.
Matthew advises defendants and insurers about motor and other insurance policy coverage, including RTA liability, notice requirements and in respect of declaratory proceedings. Matthew also has significant experience of claims against the MIB.
Recent cases include a trial on the issue of date of commencement of proceedings against second Defendant for purpose of s152 RTA.
In 2007 Matthew was appointed to the Attorney-General’s regional panel. He is a contributing editor to Butterworth’s Personal Injury Law Service.
"Superb on detail and can dissect even the most complex evidence into understandable formats." "Provides balanced advice to achieve the best outcome."
Chambers UK 2017
‘His advocacy skills are formidable.’
Legal 500 2016
"Intellectually there are few who can compete with him, he can grasp the most complex evidence and make it simple."
Chambers UK, 2016
‘He has a very calm and measured manner which inspires confidence in him.’
Legal 500, 2015
Divides his practice between claimant and defendant work, and is frequently instructed in cases concerning brain injuries. He is praised by instructing solicitors for his provision of balanced and insightful advice. "He is a very good advocate in court. He's very calm but at the same time can be quite bullish when it comes to certain points." "He has a superb legal brain and a good client manner. He gets to the crux of the matter quickly."
Chambers UK 2015
"His big strength is his knowledge of the really complex financial issues and his ability to assimilate that and translate it into advocacy in the courts."
Chambers UK 2014
Matthew Brunning is "a good advocate who is great in conference," and who has proven to be a big hit with clients thanks to his "careful, reasoned advice and his very pleasant demeanour." He is particularly regarded for his niche expertise in fraudulent personal injury claims.
Chambers UK 2013
Matthew Brunning offers a "high level of service".
Legal 500 2011
Matthew is instructed by the lead Claimants in the ongoing Linkwise group action. More than 4,500 claimants have issued claims against a number of retailers alleging they suffered dermatological injuries from exposure to Chinese-manufactured leather furniture containing mould inhibitor DMF. The litigation has been named in The Lawyer's Top 10 Cases for 2010 (across all categories).
Farrell & Short v Birmingham City Council & DAMS  EWCA Civ 769;
Avena Bennett v Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd & Britis
Ceramic Research  EWCA Civ 642; CP Rep 58; CPLR 452; ICR 1177
Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2007)
Personal Injuries Bar Association; PNBA
BA (Worcester College, Oxford)