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.
“Very diligent and easy to deal with.” “Very personable and very switched-on.”
Chambers UK 2019
“He’s a tenacious litigator, he sees the bigger picture and he’s very good with clients.” “He’s someone who can assimilate masses of complex stuff very, very quickly. He has impressive attention to detail and is always totally prepared”
Chambers UK 2019
“He has an amazing eye for detail; clients warm to him.”
Legal 500 2019
“He fights very hard on behalf of his clients and he is excellent at disentangling complex and voluminous evidence.” “He provides balanced advice to achieve the best outcome.”
Chambers UK 2018
“Specialises in fraudulent injury claims.”
Legal 500 2017
“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
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 and Short v Birmingham City Council and DAMS  EWCA Civ 769;
Avena Bennett v Compass Group UK and Ireland Ltd and Britis
Ceramic Research  EWCA Civ 642; CP Rep 58; CPLR 452; ICR 1177
Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2007) but did not re-apply in 2012
Personal Injuries Bar Association; PNBA
BA (Worcester College, Oxford)