ProfileMatthew has a wide ranging practice in public and administrative law, local government law and property law. Within those areas he provides advocacy and advice mainly on planning, environmental, highways, parliamentary, compulsory purchase and compensation, rating and law of commons cases.
Much of his practice relates to public inquiries into proposals for the development and/or compulsory acquisition of land pursuant to the Planning Acts and to the Transport and Works Act; work in the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal relating to compensation for compulsory acquisition, rating and restrictive covenants; and related High Court and Appellate Court work.
Matthew has always had a variety of other work, e.g. rights of way inquiries, Law of Property Act work relating to the construction, modification and discharge of restrictive covenants; disputes (eg. contractual disputes; overage claims) relating to property matters; High Court trial work; various local government and general public law matters; and professional negligence by solicitors, surveyors, planning consultants, valuers and other professionals when acting on property related matters.
His planning and compulsory purchase work is wide ranging; acting for developers, local planning authorities, central government departments, action groups and other third parties; and involves related areas of domestic and European law governing human rights, environmental assessment, and protection of the natural and built environment.
Matthew’s appellate experience includes many cases in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords.
Matthew is recommended for Planning law in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Planning Magazine lists Matthew as one of the country’s top-rated silks.
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