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Year of Call: 2010


T: 0191 222 3344

Clerk: Joanne Caunt

Clerk: Ellen McInall


Matthew has a broad commercial chancery practice, covering both traditional chancery and commercial disputes. He has a meticulous eye, and a commercial perspective. He is noted for his insolvency experience, and has been described as a “steely advocate”.

  • Matthew has an eye for detail; he is able to take others through that detail with a meticulous and most concise manner. His technical excellence is second to none

    Legal 500 2023
  • He is very composed and measured in his approach, and has brilliant technical skills.

    Legal 500 2023
  • Matthew is truly excellent in all respects – an impressive advocate who never gets flustered

    Legal 500 2022
  • He is just a beautiful advocate who is very good at getting his point across firmly and fairly. You can rely on his technical knowledge as well

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • An impressive advocate: very sharp, extremely hard working, and proactive

    Legal 500 2022
  • A fantastic barrister with great attention to detail

    Chambers & Partners 2021
  • He is very detail orientated and a safe pair of hands

    Legal 500 2021
  • Calm, unflappable, very broad expertise, fantastic intellect, very quick to pick up points, excellent draftsman. He is knowledgeable, meticulous, considered, prepared, and effective

    Legal 500 2021
  • Ranked as “Up and Coming” for Restructuring/Insolvency - North Eastern (Bar)
    "He's approachable, responsive and empathetic. He is also imaginative and his drafting is very effective." "A formidable opponent."

    Chambers & Partners 2020
  • Ranked for Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery law (Regional Bar: North Eastern Circuit)
    “Authoritative beyond his years and underestimated at your peril.”

    Legal 500 (2020)
  • Ranked for Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery law (Regional Bar: North Eastern Circuit)
    “A steely advocate”

    Legal 500 (2019)

Practice Areas

Significant Cases

Career and Associations

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

Bar Vocational Course: 2009-10 (Outstanding)

LLB Law, University of Leeds: 2006 – 2009 (First Class Hons; Hughes Scholar for highest overall mark)

Member of Chancery Bar Association

Associate Member of Insolvency Lawyers Association

Associate Member of R3 Association of Business Recovery Professionals

Member of North East Commercial Bar Association


Contributor to The Rural Law Notebook