Matthew is an advocate, litigator and adviser who specialises in company and insolvency law.
In 2020 he was appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel to act in the most complex and significant government litigation. He spent ten years on the B and C Panels which allowed him to develop substantial unled advocacy experience.
He is ranked in Chambers & Partners and in the Legal 500 as a leading junior for company law and, in the Legal 500, for insolvency. The directories say he is a “clever, accommodating and client-friendly junior counsel”; “he is quietly persuasive and his advocacy is faultless”; and he has “a cool head, a comprehensive knowledge of his field and an excellent responsiveness to pressurised demands”.
He was appointed as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge in 2020.
His recent court work includes:
– Boston Trust Co Ltd v Szerelmey Ltd  EWHC 3055 (Ch): instructed on the trial of a derivative claim concerning a renowned stonework company, and connected applications. Leading Chantelle Staynings.
– Durose v Tagco BV  EWHC 3000 (Ch): successfully defended an unfair prejudice petition on behalf of professional investor respondents with multiple unled applications over three years. Led by Mark Harper KC for the trial.
– Balasubramaniam v HMRC (unreported, 22 November 2021): trial of an application to annul a bankruptcy order on grounds of non-service.
– HMRC v Sanders  EWHC 1843 (Ch): successful application to reverse a trustee in bankruptcy’s rejection of proof of debt in relation to technical tax issue.
– Tonstate Group Limited v Wojakowski  EWHC 1122 (Ch): instructed on behalf of Jersey professional trustees in relation to a claim for an equitable allowance for work in relation to property held on constructive trust.
– Re Umbrella Care Limited (several unreported decisions in 2020): appointment of provisional liquidators over a company suspected of operating a substantial payroll fraud; appointment of the PLs as liquidators on the making of a winding up order.
– Re Akkurate Ltd  EWHC 1433 (Ch): the leading case on the extra-territorial effect of section 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986
– Re Columbus Energy Resources plc  EWHC 2452 (Ch): establishing for the first time the effect of the CIGA 2020 on court meetings in the context of a scheme of arrangement, leading Philip Morrison
– Re Viceroy Jones New Tech Limited  EWHC 1155 (Ch): non-party costs order against a director of a company wound up in the public interest; and  EWHC 3404 (Ch): public interest winding up of companies involved in the promotion of a truffle tree investment scheme.
– Re Gate Ventures plc  EWHC 709 (Ch): contested administration application in respect of a high-profile media and theatre investment company; also  EWHC 645 (Ch): appeal on the basis that the court was deliberately misled
– Burnden Holdings (UK) Ltd v Fielding  EWHC 1566 (Ch): the leading case on the liability of directors for unlawful dividends;  EWHC 2995 Ch: successful non-party costs application against an insolvency practitioner’s firm; and  UKSC 14: Supreme Court – limitation period for claims against directors.