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 and in proceedings before the Court of Protection.
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.
Matthew takes in an interest in wider developments within his field of practice. He was part of the team of lawyers and judges who drafted the new Insolvency Practice Direction 2018 (see here). He is also one of the authors of Atkins Court Forms: Companies – General (2018), the leading practitioners’ guide to company law proceedings.
Some examples of Matthew’s recent cases include:
- Re the B Trust, A v Nerine Trust Company  GRC 074: Matthew acted for the applicant settlor on his successful application to rectify a Guernsey law discretionary trust for mistake so as to render it a foreign non-grantor trust for US federal tax purposes. The decision is one of the leading judgment in Guernsey on the rectification of mistakes giving rise to adverse fiscal consequences.
- Kazzaz v Standard Chartered Bank  SGHC(I) 15: Matthew, with Tom Montagu-Smith QC, assisted the claimants’ legal team in proceedings before the Singapore International Commercial Court. The dispute arose from financial products sold by the bank’s DIFC branch and held in an offshore trust structure. The case involved consideration of the bank’s DIFC regulatory obligations and their actionability before the Singapore courts.
- Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited v Nordsee Offshore MEG I GmbH  EWHC 1655 (Comm): Matthew acted, with Andrew Spink QC, for the defendants in this multi-million euro claim for commission arising out of a finance raising process for an offshore German windfarm. The trial involved extensive consideration of the commercial venture, its context and the finance raising exercise, and included expert evidence of German public law.
- Monks v Meadows & Sweeney  DIFC CFI 060 (2 April 2019): Matthew acted for the successful claimant in his application for summary judgment before the DIFC Courts to enforce a judgment of the English Commercial Court. The issues involved the application of the natural justice defence and the public policy defence where there was a judgment for interest.
- Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd & Ors v Glenalla Properties Ltd & Ors  UKPC 7;  AC 271: 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.
- Re a DIFC-LCIA Arbitration : Matthew acted, with Rupert Reed QC, in a multi-million dollar DIFC-LCIA arbitration involving a jurisdictional challenge and claims to enforce a written parent company guarantee.
- Sheikh Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber v Sheikh Walid Bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim  EWHC 1989 (Comm);  EWHC 1135 (Comm);  EWHC 1136 (Comm) and ongoing: Matthew acts, with Steven Thompson QC, for the first defendant in this multi-million dollar commercial dispute between two Saudi high net worth individuals.
- Peter Black Footwear v Fawaz Abulaziz Alhokair & Co  EWHC 93 (Comm): Matthew acted, with Rupert Reed QC, for a Saudi company defending a multi-million international sale of goods claim. The case involved both complex English and Saudi law issues. It was compromised shortly before its two week trial.
- First Tower Trustees v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd  EWCA Civ 1396;  1 WLR 637: Matthew acted, with Alan Steinfield QC, in the Court of Appeal in what is now the leading decision on contractual estoppel, 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. Matthew had appeared (with Michael Gadd) at the first instance trial:  EWHC 891 (Ch);  4 WLR 73.
- Barnett v Creggy  EWCA Civ 1004;  Ch. 273: Matthew acted, with Steven Thompson QC, in the Court of Appeal in this claim for the repayment of substantial sums paid to a solicitor over several decades and held in an offshore structure. The Court of Appeal’s judgment is now the leading decision on the application of the Limitation Act 1980 to equitable claims against fiduciaries. Matthew and Steven also acted for the claimant at the trial in the Chancery Division:  EWHC 3080 (Ch); and  EWHC 1316 (Ch).
- 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);  BPIR 406;  BCC 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
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.