Matthew Cannings

Matthew Cannings

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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 [2015] UKUT 538 (IAC), [2015] 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 [2015] EWHC 2529 (Admin), [2015] 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 [2011] 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.


March 2 2017:

3PB Barrister Matthew Cannings examines solicitors’ duty to advise on the risk of other contractual meanings more

July 13 2015:

Chambers is pleased to announce that Richard Wheeler has been appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel more

June 19 2015:

3PB are winners in charity quiz more

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Academic Qualifications

LLB (Hons) AKC, King's College London

LLM (Dunelm) (Distinction), University of Durham

Bar Vocational Course, Nottingham Law School

A Blackstone Entrance Exhibitioner of the Middle Temple

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Attorney-General's Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) 2012

Professional Bodies

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Western Circuit