Matthew joined Chambers in October 2013. He has since developed a busy commercial and chancery practice. He is an advocate in demand, appearing regularly in the High Court (Chancery Division, Commercial Court and London Circuit Commercial) and the County Court. He has also acted in appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
His practice spans the range of Chambers’ work. He is as comfortable in a trust or estate dispute as he is in heavyweight commercial litigation.
In addition to a thriving practice before the English courts, Matthew has considerable experience in international and multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has acted and advised in trust, company, banking and commercial disputes in the Channel Islands, the United Arab Emirates (including the ADGM, DIFC and onshore courts), Gibraltar, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands. As a result, he has considerable experience fighting forum battles, dealing with anti-suit injunctions and advising on the conflicts of laws. He commonly works as part of a team alongside lawyers from other jurisdictions and legal traditions.
Some examples of Matthew’s recent reported cases include:
- Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd & Ors v Glenalla Properties Ltd & Ors  UKPC 7;  2 WLR 1465: Matthew acted with Ewan McQuater QC and Daniel Warents for the BVI companies before the Privy Council in this landmark appeal relating to trustees’ personal liability and the application of statutory limitations of liability as a matter of private international law.
- Peter Black Footwear v Fawaz Abulaziz Alhokair & Co  EWHC 93 (Comm) and ongoing: Matthew acts, with Rupert Reed QC, for a Saudi company defending a multi-million international sale of goods claim. The case involves both complex English and Saudi law issues. The trial is set down in 2019.
- First Tower Trustees v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd  EWCA Civ 1396 (on appeal) and  EWHC 891 (Ch);  4 W.L.R. 73 (at first instance): Matthew appeared with Michael Gadd (at trial) and Alan Steinfeld QC (on appeal) for the defendant Jersey trustee. This is now the leading decision on the efficacy of basis clauses to exclude liability in misrepresentation and the extent to which trustees can limit their personal liability for non-contractual claims.
- Barnett v Creggy  EWCA Civ 1004;  Ch. 273 (on appeal); and  EWHC 3080 (Ch); and  EWHC 1316 (Ch) (at first instance): Matthew, led by Steven Thompson QC, acted for the claimants at first instance and before the Court of Appeal in a claim for the repayment of substantial sums paid to a solicitor over several decades and held in an offshore structure. The issue in the Court of Appeal turned on the application of the Limitation Act 1980 to equitable claims against fiduciaries.
- Hayri International LLC v Hazim Telecom Private Limited  DIFC ARB 010: Matthew acted, with Tom Montagu-Smith QC, for the successful applicant before the DIFC Court in Dubai for an urgent anti-anti-suit injunction to restrain a foreign court from itself restraining arbitration proceedings.
- Re Elgin Legal Limited  EWHC 2523 (Ch);  B.P.I.R. 406;  B.C.C. 43: Matthew acted for a former administrator in his claim to resolve problems with his appointment. The case establishes a former administrator’s standing as creditor to apply for a fresh administration order and considered the case law on retrospective administration orders.
- Sheikh Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber v Sheikh Walid Bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim  EWHC 1989 (Comm) and ongoing: Matthew acts, with Steven Thompson QC, for the first defendant in this multi-million US dollar commercial dispute.
- Zaleksi v GM Trustees Ltd (Guernsey Royal Court, Sept 2015) (Guernsey Court of Appeal, March 2016): Matthew acted for the defendant trustee at a two week trial and subsequently in the Court of Appeal. The Guernsey professional trustee successfully resisted complex breach of trust claims relating to the sale of a concession granted over a mineral port in the Gabon.
- Bourke v Favre  EWHC 277 (Ch): Matthew, led by Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, acted for the defendants in this long running family dispute about the ownership of a village in Dorset. The claim involved substantial trust and adverse possession claims and was resolved shortly before a three-week trial.
Matthew regularly gives talks and lectures on areas in which he specialises. Recent topics include: the problems faced by trustees of large rural estates; the application of the principal of reflective loss in company claims; landlord consents in leasehold conveyancing and the application of the limitation provisions to misrepresentation claims.