Matthew Donmall has a wide-ranging public and private law practice, with particular emphasis on public law, indirect taxation, clinical negligence / personal injury and employment.
Administrative and public law, public inquiries and inquests
A member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel since 2011, Matthew frequently appears in the Administrative Court, particularly in matters relating to asylum, immigration and prisons. He has considerable experience of public inquiries, having represented (led by Neil Garnham QC) over 250 MOD witnesses in the Public Inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa (2008 to 2010). His practice also includes representing families and other interested persons at inquests, in particular those involving healthcare issues or death in custody.
Matthew regularly appears in the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in matters of indirect taxation, including VAT, customs and excise duties. He represented Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the first case before the tribunal on the exercise of the power to require a taxpayer to keep additional records, and is currently instructed in group litigation on the rating of drugs and prostheses.
Clinical negligence / personal injury
Matthew frequently undertakes advisory, written and court work in clinical negligence and personal injury matters. He has particular experience of group action and limitation issues, and was instructed at all levels up to the Supreme Court in the Nuclear Test Veterans Group Litigation (led by Charles Gibson QC).
Matthew has a significant employment law practice, with experience of acting for both Claimants and Respondents, and across a wide range of cases, including unfair and constructive dismissal, discrimination, harassment and whistle-blowing claims, and minimum wage enforcement appeals.
Bar Vocational Course, Outstanding (2nd highest in year), Inns of Court School of Law, 2006
Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Distinction (2nd highest in year), City University, London, 2005
MPhil International Relations (2nd highest in year), St Cross College, Oxford, 2002
BA History, Double First, Queens' College, Cambridge, 2000
Matthew co-wrote a chapter on public law in the third edition of Burnett Hall on Environmental Law, with Jeremy Hyam. He also contributes to 1COR's UK Human Rights blog.
Junior Counsel to the Crown C Panel, 2011 onwards
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