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Matthew has a broad practice and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Planning & Environmental Law

Matthew has a broad planning and environmental practice, with experience of advisory, inquiry, and court proceedings.

Matthew advises on all aspects of planning law and his clients include developers, local authorities and non-governmental organisations. Recent advisory work includes:

  • The proper construction of amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010
  • S.106 contributions and the approach to assessing benchmark land value
  • Possible grounds for challenging the grant of planning permission on the basis of bias and pre-determination 
  • Advice on available compensation in relation to compulsory purchase orders 
  • Advice on planning enforcement action for breach of conditions attached to a planning permission
  • The proper application of NPPF para. 14 where the local planning authority could not demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

Matthew has experience of planning appeals, both at Inquiry and by written representations. Recent examples include:

  • Representing a developer at an inquiry concerning the refusal of a certificate of lawfulness of existing use in relation to the conversion of a house into flats
  • Drafting written representations for a residential development where the Local Planning Authority could not demonstrate a five-year housing land supply 
  • Appearing as a junior to Charles Banner at two inquiries in the East Riding of Yorkshire concerning whether the local planning authority could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply and the sustainability of large residential development in the open countryside.

As a pupil to Matthew Reed QC and Charles Banner, Matthew also has experience of judicial review challenges of planning decisions and challenges under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Matthew’s experience in the above areas traverses several sectors, for example: residential and commercial property, energy (including fracking, anaerobic digestion and renewable energies) and transport (including ports and river navigation).

Property Law

Matthew has appeared in the County Court and High Court on property related matters and has a busy advisory practice. Recent examples of Matthew’s practice include:

  • Advising both tenants and landlords in relation to business tenancies (including sporting tenancies) under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, on a wide range of issues including renewal and termination 
  • Advising and representing a local authority in relation to a disrepair claim 
  • Residential possession proceedings in the County Court 
  • Advising on the validity of property notices 
  • Advising on land registration matters.

As a pupil to Tom Jefferies, Matthew gained considerable experience of leasehold enfranchisement and restrictive covenants.

Matthew’s property law practice compliments both his planning work and public law work. For example, he has experience during pupillage of development contract litigation involving aspects of both property and planning law, as well as local government advisory work on the proper management of property resources underpinning education provision.

Public Law

Matthew accepts instructions in all areas of public law. He has appeared in the First-tier Tribunal on immigration matters and in front of Independent Review Panels on school exclusion appeals.

As a pupil to Carine Patry, Matthew gained considerable experience on immigration matters, including immigration judicial review claims.

Prior to joining Chambers, Matthew volunteered with the School Exclusion Project, representing the parents of children who had been permanently excluded from school.