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Public and Environment Law

Matthew’s public law practice is broad one, including a wide range of fields including the environment, social security, unlawful detention and immigration, public land disposal, and health care law.

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 also has a particular interest in public procurement, in which respect he recently appeared (with David Smith) for the claimants in a litigation in the High Court concerning a £108m development agreement for the regeneration of Farnham town centre.

He regularly drafts claims and has appeared in the Administrative Court on a number occasions. He also has experience of drafting summary grounds of resistance for central government through GLD’s baby barrister scheme. Recent high court work includes:

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • R (Friends of the Earth) v Welsh Ministers [2015] P.T.S.R. D28: Appeared (with Alex Goodman) for Friends of the Earth in a judicial review of the decision of the Welsh Ministers to adopt a plan to build a new motorway through the Gwent levels to the south of Newport (on grounds relating to SEA). 

Outside of the High Court, Matthew regularly appears in the First Tier Tribunal (IAC) and (Social Security) and in the Upper Tribunal (IAC) (including a recent successful urgent application to stay removal directions), and on a substantive appeal. His advisory practice is very broad and has involved working for NGOs such as Friends of the Earth in investigating potential challenges especially in relating to fracking and other forms of mineral exploration and exploitation.

As a former paralegal at a leading firm of environmental claimant solicitors he has a practical and hands on approach to the demands of bringing a judicial review claim, and has recently given two talks on "How to Get a JR Claim off the Ground".