Matthew Maddison

Year of Call 2010

General Profile


Matthew is based at Enterprise Chambers’ Newcastle upon Tyne branch, but frequently travels across the country to meet his clients’ needs. He has a broad commercial chancery practice, including insolvency, commercial litigation, property and trusts and probate. Prior to joining Chambers, Matthew attained the highest overall mark in his year on the LLB Law degree at the University of Leeds, before being called to the bar by Middle Temple in 2010.


Areas of Emphasis


Insolvency - Insolvency accounts for a significant proportion of Matthew’s practice, and he is happy to consider acting on a subject to realisations basis in appropriate cases. He has experience in a broad range of insolvency matters, including:

  • TUV, preference, misfeasance and unlawful distributions claims;
  • sham trusts;
  • disputes as to the bankrupt’s share in jointly owned property, including the application of the principle of equity of exoneration;
  • administration orders;
  • applications to make distributions to unsecured creditors;
  • applications in respect of administrators’ fees and expenses.


Commercial & Chancery Litigation  - Matthew’s practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation, including contractual disputes, sale of goods, partnership disputes and the enforcement of guarantees. Interesting cases include:

  • acting for the claimants in the major reported commercial/competition law action, Electrical Waste Recycling Group Limited and another v Philips Electronics UK Limited and others;
  • acting for a utility services provider in a £270,000 claim for a performance bonus;
  • appearing for the Claimant in a classic nemo dat dispute, in which the Defendant had purchased the Claimant’s Maserati sports car from a fraudulent motor dealer to whom the Claimant had entrusted his vehicle;
    appearing for the Claimant in an admiralty claim for work carried out to a floating nightclub.


Property & Landlord and Tenant - Matthew deals with all aspects of Property law, including conveyancing, charges, easements and restrictive covenants. He has acted in a number of cases concerning the application of section 2 of the Law of Property Act 1989 the issue of whether the vendor is obliged to return a deposit. Interesting cases include:

  • advising on whether compensation is payable in connection with the diversion of a river as part of a flood defence programme;
  • acting for Claimant in an unjust enrichment claim before The Vice Chancellor, Mr Justice Norris, for the amount by which the Defendant’s property had increased in value as a result of an extension paid for by the Claimant on the understanding that he would live there indefinitely;
  • acting for the landlord in an appeal before Mrs Justice McGowan in Lingfield Point No. 2 Limited -v- Hodgson and Reid, concerning whether a deposit had been “been returned to the tenant in full” for the purpose of s. 215(2A) Housing Act 1988 in circumstances where the Landlord had sent the tenants a cheque which was purportedly returned;
  • acting for the owner of an animal sanctuary in an appeal against a possession order.


Trusts and Probate - Matthew accepts instructions in all aspects of Trusts and Probate. His recent cases include:

  • traditional probate disputes (allegations of lack of testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval, undue influence);
  • claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • advising on the construction of wills;
  • advising in a potential professional negligence claim concerning inheritance tax;
  • applications to remove personal representatives;
  • an application for an account from an executor who had intermeddled in the estate before obtaining probate;
  • applications to revoke probate on the ground that the will was a false document;
  • a substantial claim for the return of money wrongly paid under a false will.


E-disclosure - Matthew is well experienced in all aspects of e-disclosure, including the use of Intelligent Review Technology, which he gained when acting for the claimants in the major competition claim Electrical Waste Recycling Group Limited and another v Philips Electronics UK Limited and others. He has given a number of seminars on the subject.


Career & Associations


Member of the Chancery Bar Association 

Called to the Bar, Middle Temple 2010 (Certificate of Honour)

Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding): 2009-10 

Lexis prize for legal research on BVC


LLB Law (First Class Hons), University of Leeds 2006 – 2009

Hughes Scholar – highest overall mark on the LLB degree

Hughes Extended Essay Prize – best dissertation

Margaret Simpson Harrison Prize – most meritorious candidate in Equity and Trusts



Privacy notice

Matthew collects, uses and is responsible for your personal information collected during the course of providing legal services as a barrister. He is the data controller in respect of this information for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation.

The members of Enterprise Chambers have a privacy policy which sets out what information they obtain about you, why and how they use it.  This policy also sets out your rights.  Members also have a data retention policy which sets out how long they keep information for and why.

You can download copies of these policies here: (1) privacy policy (2) data retention policy .  Hard copies are available on request by contacting any branch of Enterprise Chambers.