Matthew Barnes has a public and common law practice. His public law practice includes work for both claimants and defendants in challenges to decisions in a wide range of areas, but in particular in relation to treatment decisions in medical cases, decisions by disciplinary bodies, immigration and asylum, prisons, and mental health. His private law practice is focussed on medical law, both for members of the medical profession and patients, including clinical negligence, disciplinary and other regulatory hearings, inquests and medical crime. He was appointed to the Attorney General's B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2009, having previously been a member of the C Panel since 2005.
Bristol University, MA (1997)
Junior counsel to the Crown (B Panel) 2009 - present
Junior counsel to the Crown (C Panel) 2005 - 2009
Significant cases include the following
R (on the application of Roberts) v the Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 2321 Admin
R (on the application of O'Connor) v HM Coroner for the District of Avon  EWHC 854 Admin
Magdi Bassilious v GMC  EWHC 2857 Admin
R (on the application of Ross) v West Sussex PCT  EWHC B15 (Admin)
R(on the application of B) v South Region Mental Health Review Tribunal  EWHC 2356 (Admin)
R v R  EWCA Crim 370
(1) IA (Syria) (2) SA (Syria) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 1390
BB (Guinea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 129 - whether IAT had been right to find that immigration judge had made a material error of law.
Tumble Tots (UK) Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners  EWHC 103 (Ch) - whether a single or joint supply for the purposes of VAT.
R (Cooke) v Bristol North PCT  EWHC 2706 – whether decision by NHS Trust to fund Herceptin was unlawful.
R (Rogers) v Swindon PCT  1 WLR 2649, CA - whether decision by NHS Trust to refuse to fund Herceptin was unlawful.
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