Matthew is a highly experienced barrister with a wide-ranging commercial practice. He appears as the front-line advocate at all levels of the senior courts, especially the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords, as well as in international commercial arbitrations (in which he also receives appointments as an arbitrator).
He has attracted recognition for his handling of larger cases requiring complex legal and factual analysis and the coordination of large teams of lawyers and experts on cases from around the world including (recently) Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Bermuda, Dubai, China, Korea, Cayman Islands, India and New Zealand. Clients include members of royal families, senior military figures, three premiership football clubs, international sportsmen and well-known business personalities in the United States and UK, aviation authorities (in the UK and abroad), insurance regulatory authorities, as well as international insurance and reinsurance companies and airlines.
Matthew combines the highest standards of advocacy (including traditional cross-examination skills) with the application of the most modern litigation-management techniques. He is consistently ranked as a 'Leading Junior' in the latest editions of both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for Aviation, Shipping and International Arbitration and was shorltisted for Shipping Junior of the Year for the Legal 500 UK Awards 2019.
"He knows his stuff inside and out, and is very detailed in terms of his preparation and finding out what's required in a case. Clients feel safe around him as he's personable but also has plenty of gravitas. Measured in court, he's good with both witnesses and the judge."(Chambers UK, 2020)
"He's very thorough, responsive and approachable. He's also very accommodating to his clients' needs and his advice is very user-friendly. (...) His attention to detail is very good."(Chambers UK, 2020)
"An extremely clever and able barrister who thinks deeply and laterally about strategy and the legal opportunities available within the litigation process."(Chambers UK, 2020)
"Good with clients, good on his feet and very easy to work with."(Legal 500, 2020)
"He identifies the main issues quickly and has great attention to detail."(Legal 500, 2020)
"He is excellent to deal with."(Legal 500, 2020)
"He handles cases with complex legal and factual analysis with focus on aviation claims."(Legal 500 2019)
"He gets to grips with the details quickly and identifies important points in an intelligent way."(Legal 500 2019)
"His fierce intellect and commercial acumen are well suited to complex matters."(Legal 500 2019)
..."Matthew is extremely thorough and has great attention to detail." ..."He's compassionate with clients and very good with complex quantum cases."...(Chambers UK 2019)
..."He is technical, very detailed and very thorough. He doesn't leave any stone unturned and is very compassionate with clients."...(Chambers UK 2019)
..."He's very tenacious and hard-working, he comes up with clever and unusual strategies and thoughts and things I haven't thought of. He's very creative and good on his feet in court." ..."Very erudite and good for highly specialised cases in the industry."...(Chambers UK 2019)
"so good"..."well known for his aviation expertise"(Who's Who Legal, 2018)
"...Combines legal prowess with a remarkable degree of insight into the technical aspects of aviation accidents..."(Chambers UK, 2018)
"...He is very approachable, has a great wealth of experience and clients respect his advice..."(Chambers UK, 2018)
"...He leaves no stone unturned, and is very detailed and thorough..."(Legal 500, 2017)
"...Good at “big-picture” strategy as well as providing a detailed approach to the evidence..."(The Legal 500, 2016)
"...He always comes up with questions and arguments you haven’t thought of..."(Legal 500, 2016)
"...he has an eye for detail but won't take an academic point just for the sake of it; he is pragmatic and explains things in a client-friendly manner." "He has a very easy style both in court and with clients..."(Chambers UK, 2016)
"...he shows great compassion and understanding to clients..."(Chambers UK, 2015)
"...a proactive, hands-on senior junior who is both detailed and yet has sight of the bigger picture." "He shows great compassion and understanding with clients, and is excellent on complex quantum cases..."; "...a charming advocate who strikes the right balance between robustness and politeness when handling difficult clients..."(Chambers UK, 2015)
"…he's extremely good in court - judges listen to him. He's very good at explaining complicated issues in a convincing manner…"(The Legal 500, 2014)
"...doggedly determined..."; "...has established a strong track record in insurance, aviation, shipping and trade disputes..."(Legal 500, 2014)
"...would rate him highly for any form of aviation work. Matthew has specialist knowledge of aviation and travel work because of his expert knowledge of ATOL. He is very good in court, explaining complicated issues in a way that makes them sound very convincing. He has strong technical knowledge...."(Chambers UK, 2014)
"...intellectually rigorous.."; "...recommended..."; "...a very competent senior junior, who can be trusted to run matters without a leader..."(Legal 500, 2013)
"...sources are impressed with his expert witness testing skills and excellent knowledge of the technicalities of aviation, as well as the 'great compassion and understanding he shows to clients'..."(Chambers UK, 2013)
"...has an incisive understanding of the technical and jurisdictional complexities of aviation matters..."(Legal 500, 2012)
"...first class intellect, excellent client care and quick-thinking advocacy in court..."; "...incredibly commercially minded, focused and practical..."(Chambers UK, 2012)
Matthew is instructed in a wide range of London Market and international commercial disputes in the Commercial Court and elsewhere (including arbitration). Notable and recent cases include:
Matthew has over 20 years' experience in handling insurance and reinsurance disputes and regulatory matters. Before moving into private practice, he was employed in the Solicitors Department at Lloyd`s of London. His experience embraces traditional coverage disputes in reinsurance and all classes of direct insurance; marine, aviation, non-marine (including property, fire, bloodstock and export credit insurance). He also advises and represents clients in respect of a much wider range of issues involving insurance regulators, insurance companies, Lloyd's syndicates and brokers, including market regulation, disciplinary and professional negligence. He advises on regulatory matters both in the UK and abroad. Notable and recent cases include:
'Leading Junior' Chambers UK, 2020
'Leading Junior' The Legal 500, 2020
Matthew's international aviation and travel practice is acknowledged in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500. It spans all aspects of airline liability, passenger/air accident claims, carriage of cargo, aircraft manufacturer and maintainer liability, air accident investigation and inquests, airline regulation, tour operators, aircraft and engine financing, conflicts of laws and aviation insurance/reinsurance disputes. It regularly involves the management of multiparty and disaster litigation. Matthew was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2012. Notable and recent cases include:
'Leading Junior' (Legal 500 2020)
Matthew has extensive experience over a wide range of dry shipping and transport disputes, including time and voyage charterparties , contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, charter hedging contracts, multi-modal carriage and commodities contracts. Recent cases include:
Matthew's practice focuses mainly on hull and machinery policy claims, including scuttling cases. He acted for the successful underwriters in Pantera Consultants v Aachener Munchener, a scuttling case. [See also "Insurance and Reinsurance"].
A large proportion of Matthew's practice is conducted in international arbitrations, including under ICC and LMAA rules. He appears both as advocate and, increasingly, as arbitrator. Recent cases include:
Matthew has considerable experience of sports disputes. He has acted for three premiership football teams and several Formula One personalities, in respect of matters such as sponsorship agreements, management disputes, finance and training infrastructure issues.
Matthew has experience of both acting in ship and yacht construction claims.
Matthew has experience in the field of energy insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Matthew is regularly instructed to appear in asset finance matters, including asset recovery cases and enforcement of guarantees, particularly involving shipping and aviation infrastructure finance. Recent cases include:
Matthew specialises in surveyors, underwriters’ and brokers’ negligence and has appeared in a number of the recent leading cases.
"An extremely clever and able barrister who thinks deeply and laterally about strategy and the legal opportunities available within the litigation process."(Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020)
MA (Cantab); Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Inner Temple Major Award, Paul Methven Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Pegasus Scholarship.
COMBAR and PNBA.
Elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Butterworths Commercial Court & Arbitration Pleadings (2005) – Carriage of Goods by Air
Solicitors' Department, Lloyd's of London; litigation and regulation.