Matthew joined Chambers in October 2013. He has a thriving practice which is equally divided between commercial disputes and private client litigation. As a result he is as comfortable in a heavyweight banking claim as he is disputing the validity of a will or litigating about an offshore trust.
He is recommended in the Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in commercial disputes, commended for his “sharp legal mind”. He is praised for his ability to “master complex legal issues quickly and with ease”. He is liked amongst solicitors and client for “precise, clear and well structured advice and drafting“ and because he “can always be relied upon”.
He is an advocate in demand, appearing regularly in the English courts and as counsel in arbitral proceedings. He has particular experience in international litigation and has acted or advised disputes in the Channel Islands, the United Arab Emirates (including the DIFC, ADGM and onshore courts), Gibraltar, Singapore, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.
Matthew’s commercial practice is broad and spans international sale of goods, banking and finance, security, company and insolvency disputes. His wide international practice gives him particular experience with jurisdictional and conflicts of law issues. Recent highlights include:
- Emirates National Bank of Dubai & Ors v KBBO CPG Investment LLC & Ors  DIFC CFI 045 and ongoing: Matthew led by Tom Montagu-Smith QC acts for a banking syndicate in a $300m DIFC claim to recover sums under a loan facility from nineteen defendants.
- Re an ICC Arbitration  and ongoing: Matthew is instructed as sole counsel in an ongoing multi-million dollar arbitration relating to the termination of an oil rig contract.
- 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 relating to the project finance raised for a substantial offshore German windfarm.
Matthew’s commercial practice has a particular focus on the Middle East, in particular the UAE. He is recommended in Tier 1 in the Legal 500 MENA (Commercial) as one of the leading juniors specialising in Middle Eastern litigation, with clients praising his “experience and knowledge of DIFC law and practice“. He frequently appears as counsel in the DIFC Courts and in arbitrations seated in the UAE. He is one of the contributors to DIFC Courts Practice (2020), the DIFC equivalent of the White Book.
Matthew’s private client practice encompasses both domestic and offshore trust and estates litigation. He has particular experience litigating substantial trust disputes in the Channel Islands. He has appeared in a number of significant recent trust cases including:
- Pilatus (PTC) Limited v RBC Trustees (Guernsey) Ltd  and ongoing: Matthew acts for the defendant trustee in this substantial Guernsey trust litigation. The claim raises issues as to the nature and extent of the reflective loss principle in the trust context.
- Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd & Ors v Glenalla Properties Ltd & Ors  AC 271: Matthew acted with Ewan McQuater QC and Daniel Warents 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.
- First Tower Trustees v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd  1 WLR 637: Matthew acted, with Alan Steinfield QC, in the Court of Appeal following the trial in the Chancery Decision. The claim is the leading English decision on the extent to which trustees can limit their liability for non-contractual claims.
Further details of Matthew’s practice can be found in the sections below.
Areas of experience
Legal 500 (MENA) 2021: Tier 1 – Commercial
Scholarships and Prizes
- Cecil King Prize – The Queen’s College, Oxford
- J.A. Scott Prize – The Queen’s College, Oxford
- Equity and Trusts Prize – City Law School
- Peta Fordham Scholarship and Exhibition – The Inner Temple
- BA History and Politics (1st) – The Queen’s College, University of Oxford
- GDL (Distinction) – City Law School, London
- BPTC (Outstanding) – BPP Law School, London
- DIFC Registered Practitioner (Part II)
- The Chancery Bar Association
- The Commercial Bar Association
- Junior Barrister Member: Bankruptcy and Companies Court Users’ Committee
- ‘Whose skin is it anyway?’, STEP Journal (Vol 27 Iss 10), pp.68-69 (with Julia Burns)
- What’s the record? Where’s the file? Insolv. Int. 2019, 32(3), pp.85-88 (with Stephen Baister)
- Atkins Court Forms: Companies – General (2nd ed., 2018).
- Enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards in the United Arab Emirates, Thompson Reuters Global Enforcement Guides, May 2017
- Trusts Abroad: the problems of creating trusts in ‘non-trust’ jurisdictions in the light of Akers v Samba (TQR) March 2015
- Probate Disputes and Remedies (2014, Jordans, 3rd Ed.) – Contributor