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Matthew is a junior barrister (called 2012) who specialises in all areas of town and country planning, real property, leasehold enfranchisement, EU, public and environmental law. He frequently appears for clients in a wide range of forums, including in public inquiries, the High Court, County Courts, First and Upper Tier Tribunals, and the Valuation Tribunal. He accepts instructions directly from the public and professional clients as well as from solicitors and is equally happy working for commercial parties, local objectors or central and local government.

He is a contributor to Garner’s Environmental Law in relation to which he writes the chapter on Strategic Environmental Assessment (with Charles Banner) and is the editor of the Environment section of the Civil Court Practice 2017 (The Green Book). He has previously assisted the editors of Hill and Redman in relation to the section on Private Sector Residential Tenancies.

He frequently gives talks and seminars and is currently organising (with Matthew Fraser) a Landmark Chambers five-part series covering the “Nuts and Bolts of Property Law”. A recent talk with Sasha White QC covered caselaw and guidance on Enabling Development and Heritage.

Recent court, inquiry and advisory highlights (2016/17) include:

  • Wylde v Waverley BC [2017] EWHC 466 (Admin): appeared (with David Smith) for the claimants in public procurement litigation in the High Court concerning a £108m development agreement for the regeneration of Farnham town centre.
  • Cheshire East Local Plan Examination: appearing for Save Macclesfield Green Belt over 7 days of hearings into the Cheshire East Local Plan.
  • R (Shirley) v SSCLG (CO/690/2017) acting (with Reuben Taylor QC) for a developer in response to a judicial review alleging that the Secretary of State’s refusal to call in an application was in breach of the Air Quality Directive.
  • Airports Commission Process (Heathrow Third Runway): advising Gatwick Airports Limited as part of a team of Landmark Counsel (Neil King QCReuben Taylor QC and Robert Walton) on the Government’s draft Airports NPS.
  • Frandon Hotel enforcement inquiry: appeared for the successful appellant against an enforcement notice who was able to establish a 10-year lawful use of a hotel as a hostel for the homeless.
  • Larwood v Kinnish (B00SS482): appeared for claimant seeking possession of land and facing a counterclaim for adverse possession.
  • R (Gleeson Homes) v SSCLG (CO/2204/2017): acting (with John Litton QC) on a successful judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision on housing land supply, the Secretary of State consented to judgment following receipt of the statement of facts and grounds.
  • Y Crwys Village Green Inquiry: appeared for landowner responding to village green application in the centre of Y Crwys village.
  • Perrott (and Ors) v Perry: appeared in First Tier (Property Chamber) Tribunal on a contested application for determination of premium payable for enfranchisement of a building under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
  • Serpes v City of London [2017] EWHC 1241 (Ch): successfully resisted an appeal in the High Court brought by a ratepayer in respect of unoccupied commercial property rates.

Matthew’s most significant cases and inquiries can be accessed by clicking the tabs above, for more detailed of his practice in specific areas please click the links below:

Matthew is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association, the Planning Bar Association, the Property Bar Association, and the Procurement Lawyers Association.