Matthew is the head of our Real Estate Dispute Resolution Practice.
Matthew is a specialist litigator dealing with high-value disputes in the commercial real estate sector. He helps clients achieve their objectives in matters such as development-driven land assembly claims, compensation for the compulsory purchase of land, ratings appeals and in handling other "big ticket" contractual disputes (for example in the context of acquisition/disposal transactions). Matthew works with clients on large portfolio matters such as retail schemes, shopping centres and office developments in connection with service charge recovery, dilapidations claims, business lease renewals/terminations, break clause disputes and rent reviews.
Matthew's work spans cases in the High Court and appeal Courts as well as the County Courts and the Lands Chamber. He is also very experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, expert determination and mediation.
Matthew has been ranked as a "Leading Practitioner" by both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories, for many years. He was inducted as a member of The Legal 500's coveted Hall of Fame in 2018 and is ranked as a Band 1 Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners UK He is described as "legend in his field' and also praised a "one of the best lawyers I've ever met. I've never seen him not answer a question, it's remarkable."
Matthew is contributing editor (Real Estate) to Flenley and Leech's Solicitors' Negligence and Liability (2020).
Matthew joined this firm as a trainee in 1992. He qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and has been a specialist real estate litigator ever since. He gained full rights of audience as an advocate in the Higher Courts in 1998.
Matthew became a partner in 2006 and has led our Real Estate Dispute Resolution practice since 2007.
Experience & expertise
- UBS in its recently concluded and entirely successful heavily contested multi-party Court claim for the recovery of lender debt from Vijay Mallya (Bankrupt) by enforcement against a fixed charge in UBS's favour held over residential property in London. The amounts recovered exceeded £23 million and included all of UBS's legal costs
- The Board of Trustees of The Tate Gallery in its high profile dispute concerning private nuisance and human rights brought by several residents of the Neo Bankside development
- the owner and developer of Ludgate House, London, in relation to on the high-profile Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal business rates litigation in respect of the validity of property guardianship as a mitigation tool (including a claim for judicial review), with millions of pounds at stake
- Hammerson and Brookfield in connection with the site assembly and development of two huge major City of London office schemes
- British Land on all contentious matters flowing from the largest urban regeneration project in Europe (Canada Water, Southwark)
- Canary Wharf Group Plc in its claim against the administrators of Lehman Brothers, seeking damages for unilateral lease termination
- various successful High Court and Appeal Court decisions that made new law and delivered a win for his clients, including Standard Life v. Unipath - Court of Appeal (rent review), City Inn v. Ten Trinity Square Limited - Court of Appeal (restrictive covenants), Johnston and others v. TAG Farnborough Airport Ltd (compensation for runway works), Guinness v. Railtrack - Court of Appeal (compensation for acquisition of land rights), Postel v. Boots (large scale development service charges) and Cerep v. Menolly (practical completion under development agreement), Ridgewood Properties Group Ltd v Valero Energy Ltd (alleged breach of covenant in relation to airspace agreements for residential development above petrol stations)