Public Law & Regulatory
In November 2012, Matthew was appointed to the Attorney-General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional) Panel and is now developing his judicial review practice. Matthew is regularly instructed by the State to draft statements of case and appear in the Queen’s Bench Division and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). Matthew’s judicial review practice primarily relates to immigration claims where he acts for the Home Secretary and he has also been instructed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. He also appeared on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in a Child Support Agency-related substantive judicial review matter.
Matthew has also previously appeared on behalf of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and the UK Border Agency in magistrates’ courts and the First Tier Tribunal.
As well as accepting instructions for the State, Matthew is keen to develop his judicial review practice and is happy to advise and act on claimant-related cases.
Matthew is also developing a practice in sports law. Please click here for Matthew’s specialist Sports Law profile.
In October 2014, Matthew appeared, in a personal capacity as a Roll B Agent, on behalf of three petitioners before the House of Commons High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill Select Committee who had petitioned against the Bill.
Notable cases include:
R (on the application of Singh and another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department IJR  UKUT 538 (IAC),  All ER (D) 29 (Oct) – Acting for the Defendant in two substantive judicial review matters, heard together, involving challenges to refusals to grant entry clearance sought under the Tier 5 temporary workers – religious workers provisions.
R (on the application of Szrajner) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 2529 (Admin),  All ER (D) 3016 (Jun) – Acting for the Defendant in a substantive judicial review matter involving an allegation of unlawful detention and procedural issues leading to a late-adjournment application.
R (on the application of A) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2014, QBD) – Acting for the Defendant in a substantive judicial review matter involving a dispute as to child support maintenance payments.
Repec & Repec v Director of Border Revenue  UKFTT 757 (TC) – Acting for the Respondent in an appeal relating to the seizure of almost 60,000 cigarettes and a vehicle containing the same under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.