Matthew’s broad practice of general common law focuses specifically on high-tech law, public law, consumer credit and employment.
He has represented at all levels from the County Court to the Supreme Court as well as in the Employment Appeals Tribunal and a number of other specialist tribunals. His creativity as well as his friendly nature and customer care explain why so many solicitors keep coming back to him again and again.

Technology and Construction

Matthew has a general interest in IT and Hi-Tech Law. His advanced qualifications in engineering allow him to understand quickly all of the technical issues in an IT or high-tech case. Many lay clients have commented on his engaged and informed manner.

He has represented and advice in many related areas Including:

  • Novel Hi-tech injunctions
  • Online harassment
  • Domain Name Disputes
  • Online Infringement of Moral Rights
  • Online Infringement of Trademarks and Copyright
  • Software Contracts
  • Negligence in Software Design
  • Online Breach of Confidence
  • Multi-Jurisdictional IT matters
  • Database rights

Representative Cases

  • AMP v Person(s) Unknown [2011] EWHC 3454 (TCC)
  • Lifestyle Management Ltd v. Frater  [2010] EWHC 3258 (TCC), [2010] All ER (D) 176
  • Donal Blaney v Person(s) Unknown, Times October 2009

Employment

Matthew has represented and advised in a large number of Employment claims for both Claimants and Respondents in the Employment Tribunal and the EAT.  He has also appeared in the High Court on overlap employment cases involving breach of Covenant or breach of confidence.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Unfair Dismissal
  • All types of discrimination
  • TUPE
  • Breach of Confidence
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Injunction

Representative Cases

  • Lifestyle Management Ltd v. Frater [2010] EWHC 3258 (TCC), [2010] All ER (D) 176

Finance and Consumer Credit

Matthew is instructed on behalf of consumers, banks, debt collection agencies and other large financial institutions in matters arising out of consumer credit legislation.  He regularly appears at all levels of court from the County Court to the Supreme Court , settles statements of case and advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Non-contentious

In addition to his contentious work, Matthew receives regular instructions to advise a number of City institutions on non-contentious matters which have recently included the following:

  • Licensing;
  • The effect of the Consumer Credit Directive on the high net worth exemption (section 16A);
  • The rules on withdrawal from regulated agreements (section 66A);
  • The definition of credit (section 9); and as in SPPL v Walker

Contentious

Having built up a broad experience, Matthew is regularly instructed to in the following matters :

  • Mis-selling of PPI;
  • Unfair relationship;
  • Secret commission;
  • Pre-action disclosure of commercially sensitive documentation;
  • PPI mis-selling
  • Improper execution of regulated consumer credit and hire agreements;
  • Improper execution of credit agreements;
  • Non-compliance with section 78 requests; and
  • Unfair terms in consumer contracts / penalty clauses
  • Matters arising out of section 78 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974
  • Unfair terms in consumer contracts;
  • Alleged harassment by a financial institution;

He also regularly resists applications for pre-action disclosure of commercially sensitive documents and has been successful in applying for enforcement orders in cases of improper execution

Representative Cases

  • Southern Pacific Personal Loans v Walker [2010] UKSC 32

General Civil and Public

Matthew has been involved in a number of high profile matters including large multi-party High Court matters and cases involving super-injunctions and anonymous parties.

Representative Cases

  • Baxendale- Walker v Middleton & Ors [2011] EWHC 998 (QB)
  • Southern Pacific Personal Loans v Walker [2010] UKSC 32
  • Lifestyle Management Ltd v. Frater [2010] EWHC 3258 (TCC), [2010] All ER (D) 176
  • Donal Blaney v Person(s) Unknown, Times October 2009

Representative Cases

  • AMP v Person(s) Unknown [2011] EWHC 3454 (TCC)
  • Baxendale- Walker v Middleton & Ors [2011] EWHC 998 (QB)
  • Southern Pacific Personal Loans v Walker [2010] UKSC 32
  • Lifestyle Management Ltd v. Frater  [2010] EWHC 3258 (TCC), [2010] All ER (D) 176
  • Donal Blaney v Person(s) Unknown, Times October 2009
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