Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
Matthew is seen as a valuable asset by many solicitor firms and is instructed to advise on personal injury matters ranging from straightforward RTAs to complex multi-party occupational illness claims. Matthew regularly advises on merits on a case and drafts pleadings and schedules of loss as well as quantum. He is able to assist in fast-track and multi-track cases and has recently been involved in cases including injuries such as: psychological trauma, including PTSD, anxiety and depression; post-concussion syndrome; chronic pain; whiplash; allergic reactions or food intolerances.
Matthew has experience of acting for both Claimant and Defendant in RTAs, employer's liability claims, Highways Act and Occupiers' Liability Act matters and has experience in handling claims involving multiple experts. Matthew is particularly experienced in advising on employers liability claims due to his understanding of Employment law and is able to provide sound commercial advice to clients on the merits of the case.
Recent Cases include:
- Acting for a pedestrian struck by a car as she crossed the road, resulting in a complex fracture to her pelvis and head injuries resulting in mood swings, tiredness and difficulties with concentration and memory
- Acting for a worker responsible for mixing components in a paint factory who suffered a back injury due to repetitive and heavy lifting
- a case involving a child who suffered chemical burns through exposure to creosote
Matthew has specialist knowledge of abuse of process and relief from sanction arguments following Mitchell and Denton. He regularly undertakes appeals providing strategic advice to his clients on procedure and tactics to achieve the best result. He recently succeeded in overturning a decision to strike out a second action for abuse of process after the first action was struck out for failing to comply with an unless order. Due to the important principles involved the Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal and Matthew was to be led by Jacob Levy Q.C. After exchange of skeleton arguments the parties settled the appeal.
Matthew is willing to consider cases on a conditional fee basis.