Matthew's particular areas of property-related practice include:
- adverse possession
- boundary disputes
- easements and covenants
- trusts of land
- building disputes
- business tenancy renewals
- forfeiture/possession proceedings
- service charge disputes
- anti-social behaviour
- statutory nuisance.
He also has wide-ranging civil/commercial experience with particular emphasis on agency disputes including cases relating to estate agents, consumer credit, enforcement of judgments, interim relief applications including freezing injunctions, misrepresentation, partnership disputes, sale of goods and services, and undue influence/duress.
Matthew has expertise in a wide range of property matters and general civil/commercial litigation. He has appellate experience in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). In addition, Matthew is instructed increasingly in mental health work, and regularly appears in the Court of Protection.
- Chubb & Bruce v Dean & Anr  EWHC 1282 (Ch)
An application for an order for sale in a mortgage case dealing with (i) the applicable rate of interest due, (ii) whether matters gave rise to an ‘unfair relationship’ between the parties under s140B of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, and (iii) appropriation.
- Yemshaw v Hounslow LBC  UKSC 3
The Supreme Court held that the term ‘domestic violence’ in section 177(1) of the Housing Act 1996 included physical violence, threatening or intimidating behaviour and any other form of abuse which, directly or indirectly, might give rise to the risk of harm.
- Yemshaw v Hounslow LBC  EWCA Civ 1543
The meaning of ‘domestic violence’ in section 177(1) of the Housing Act 1996.
- Patel v Singh and Anor  EWHC 2980 (Fam) Successful claim in a 17 day trial under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
- R (McGarrett) v Kingston Crown Court  EWHC 1776 (Admin)
The Divisional Court held that the purpose of an ASBO was not to punish, and the terms of the order had to be proportionate to the risk to be guarded against. Further, the order had to be both necessary and justified.
- Vesely v David Levy & Others  EWCA Civ 367;  L & TR 9 Whether a fixed contribution towards joint household expenditure was capable of amounting to rent, and whether the purpose of the arrangement between the parties and the surrounding circumstances gave rise to the inference that there was an intention to create a landlord and tenant relationship between the parties.
- London & Quadrant Housing Trust v Ansell  EWCA Civ 326; (2007) HLR 37
What my clients say
- “Matthew has experience in all aspects of property work, whether commercial or residential. He is equally experienced in general contractual disputes, and mental health work”
Professional & academic
- Property Bar Association (PBA)
- Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
- Chancery Bar Association (CHBA)
- BA Joint Hons French/Italian (Manchester)
- Dip. Law (University of Westminster)