Matthew Hodson

I am an experienced High Court advocate with particular knowledge and specialism in:
•    Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975;
•    Challenging the validly of wills (formalities, lack of capacity, knowledge & approval, undue influence and fraud);
•    Proprietary estoppel;
•    Mutual wills;
•    Third party interests in property.

I recognise that probate cases often involve family and personal relationships. I will provide a prompt assessment of the merits of your case that takes account not just of the law but of the most practical way to achieve a fair outcome with the minimum of further distress. I am able to recommend and assist with alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, without prejudice meetings, or negotiation by correspondence. I will help you avoid protracted legal proceedings if at all possible, but if a full trial becomes necessary then you can take comfort in the knowledge that trial advocacy is my primary skill.  

I can assist in preparing letters of response or claim at the earliest stage of a dispute, and can draft proceedings for the County or High Court thereafter. I can represent you at interim hearings or trial. 

I am known for trial advocacy, and for incisive cross examination ideally suited to exposing the dishonesty of witnesses whose evidence is untrue.

My approach

I am prompt and practical. I believe in giving a personal service. I will respond to your e-mail promptly and our first discussion is always free. After that, it is your choice whether you want to proceed. I will quote you a capped, fixed price wherever possible. If it is not worth your money going to court, then I will say so, and will then help you negotiate a sensible settlement. I realise that cost, time and stress can be just as important to my clients as winning.

About me

I am a barrister at Hardwicke, based in Lincoln’s Inn, London. I was called to the Bar in 2004. I am happy to take on cases throughout the United Kingdom.

Outside of work I am an expedition leader and long distance walker. I have led expeditions as a qualified mountain leader to the Amazon and to the Himalayas. I have walked the Pennine Way, Coast to Coast, GR5, GR20 and Cape Wrath Trail. 

I am also a keen amateur programmer, using C# and Unity.

Professional & academic

I studied Mathematics at University College London, and a post-graduate diploma of law at the College of Law.

I was called to the Bar in 2004.

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