Matthew is a commercial litigator with five years' post-qualification experience, primarily advising multinationals, insurers, partnerships and ultra-high net worth individuals before and during Court and arbitral proceedings. He also has experience conducting key forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and contractual adjudications.
Matthew is a qualified solicitor-advocate and has higher rights of audience to advocate before the Senior Courts in all civil proceedings, and in judicial review proceedings following from any criminal cause.
Matthew's recent experience includes:
- Advising two major insurers in Commercial Court proceedings concerning a $140m tower of insurance. Insurers are defending $70m claims concerning class actions and regulatory fines against the insured arising in the US;
- Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited  EWHC 1581 (TCC): acting for the Claimant in its successful £1bn High Court claim for breach of a PFI contract against the operator of a major waste treatment facility;
- advising an ultra-high net worth individual in his defence of £600m High Court proceedings for breach of warranty and misrepresentation as part of a sale of his business interests;
- advising producers and retailers in the wake of the global collapse of the Kew Media Group and the administration of Debenhams;
- acting in multiple disputes for a global spirits business from parallel proceedings in Court and the Employment Tribunal against a former executive to pre-action claims for breaches of Share Purchase Agreements;
- conducting Court advocacy for a major US music company as part of its corporate restructure and transference of IP assets; and
- advising an EU betting provider on its rights to official betting data under a complex data licencing agreement.
Matthew joined Shoosmiths in November 2020 having been an Associate in the Dispute Resolution group of the media firm, Lee & Thompson. Before, Matthew spent five years at Slaughter and May, having been a Trainee and then an Associate in the Dispute Resolution group.
Matthew studied law at Cambridge and history at King's College London.