Matthew aims to develop a broad practice in all the main areas of Chambers’ work, in particular public law, human rights, employment and personal injury. He undertakes a wide range of court work, from small claims hearings to High Court applications. He is a regular contributor to the UK Human Rights Blog, and a number of his articles have been reproduced by, or linked to, other legal websites.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Matthew studied law at Cambridge, having been awarded the Girdlers’ Scholarship, New Zealand’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. He graduated with first class honours, and was named an Avory Scholar and Foundation Scholar of Corpus Christi College.
Upon his return to New Zealand, he was commissioned to research and write a report for presentation to the Royal Commission on issues relating to the Governance structures of Auckland City, before accepting a position as an advisor in the office of the Prime Minister, Helen Clark. In this role he assisted the Prime Minister in preparing to address questions in Parliament, and advised on the application of New Zealand’s Official Information legislation to the workings of the office.
He was awarded a Lord Mansfield Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn in 2008, which enabled him to return to London and complete the BVC at City Law School. Before joining One Crown Office Row, he worked as a legal assistant in the London office of Sullivan and Cromwell, a leading US commercial law firm, and spent six months as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal.
Bar Vocational Course, Outstanding - City University, London (2009)
Lord Mansfield Scholar - Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
Hardwicke Scholar - Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
BA (Hons) in Law, Double First Class Honours - Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2007)
Foundation Scholar - Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2007)
Avory Scholar - Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2005, 2007)
Simmons and Simmons Award - Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2006)
Dux of Rangitoto College (2003)