Profile

I am an experienced High Court advocate with particular knowledge and specialism in:

• Minority shareholder disputes
• Unfair prejudice petitions
• Winding up petitions
• Partnership disputes
• Breach of contract claims
• Employee post-termination restrictive covenants
• Confidentiality and trade secrets
• Springboard relief and other urgent applications in the context of employee competition

I also have niche practices in defamation and contentious probate.

I recognise that commercial cases are very often urgent in nature, requiring a quick response. I will provide a prompt assessment of the merits of your case and will give practical and commercially sensible guidance on how to proceed. I recognise that in a commercial setting costs and practical solutions are at the forefront of a client’s concerns, and that may mean seeking the swiftest possible resolution to the problem and avoiding protracted legal proceedings. I will make that happen if at all possible.

I can assist in preparing letters of response or claim at the earliest stage of a dispute, and can draft proceedings for the County or High Court thereafter. I can represent you at interim hearings or trial.

I am known for trial advocacy, and for incisive cross examination ideally suited to exposing the dishonesty of witnesses whose evidence is untrue.

My approach
I am prompt and practical. I believe in giving a personal service. I will respond to your e-mail promptly and our first discussion is always free. After that, it is your choice whether you want to proceed. I will quote you a capped, fixed price wherever possible. If it is not worth your money going to court, then I will say so, and will then help you negotiate a sensible settlement. I realise that cost, time, stress and business reputation can be just as important to my clients as winning.

About me
I am a barrister at Hardwicke, based in Lincoln's Inn, London. I was called to the Bar in 2004. I am happy to take on cases throughout the United Kingdom.
Outside of work I am an expedition leader and long distance walker. I have led expeditions as a qualified mountain leader to the Amazon and to the Himalayas. I have walked the Pennine Way, Coast to Coast, GR5, GR20 and Cape Wrath Trail.
I am also a keen amateur programmer, using C# and Unity.

What my clients say
“I would not hesitate to recommend Matthew, he is always professional and his honesty shines through. He adopts a very pragmatic approach which helps me to understand my way through very complex legal matters.”
- Mitch H, financial advisor

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