Matthew has 15 years’ experience as a qualified solicitor, all of which has been dedicated to personal injury cases, specialising in serious injury claims over the last ten years.
His focus is to achieve the best possible conclusion for the client – an approach which guides his attitude to his own cases and to those of the colleagues he manages. He also ensures that all Thompsons’ clients are treated with care and respect and kept “in the loop” as far as their cases are concerned.
He joined Thompsons in October 2019 having been a partner at another leading national law firm. While he acknowledges that Thompsons must be financially viable, he says the main focus at the firm is the outcome for the client. “That emphasis is more pronounced than at other firms, which I find very positive,” he says. He says that maintaining good working relationships with trade unions is also of the highest importance.
Away from work, Matthew enjoys triathlon training and coaches children’s football.
MATTHEW’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Here is a small sample of the cases Matthew has taken:
Matthew acted for a motorcyclist who suffered multiple orthopaedic injuries when another vehicle failed to give way and collided with him. The insurers conceded liability prior to court proceedings and Matthew was able to negotiate a settlement of £750,000 for the 60-year-old claimant who was unable to continue his employment as a footwear salesman. Detailed evidence was obtained to support a significant claim for his future care. Rehabilitation treatment was arranged while the claim was ongoing.
In another case, Matthew acted for a client who fell in the smoking area of a pub. Matthew was able to prove that the step the claimant stumbled on was dangerous and the insurers of the pub eventually accepted liability in full. The claimant suffered a fractured neck, which impacted his spinal cord. The 41-year-old claimant was able to return to work but medical evidence obtained by Matthew suggested that he would have to retire early and that he would require care and assistance in older age because of his injuries. The claimant rejected several offers, but accepted damages of £625,000 a few days before trial.
Another claimant, aged 21 at the time of the accident, suffered a serious brain injury as a result of a high speed road collision. He could not remember the accident and it was alleged by the Motor Insurers Bureau that he either knew or ought to have known that the driver of the car in which he was travelling was uninsured. These allegations were disputed and an 80/20 liability agreement in the claimant’s favour was reached prior to trial. That was regarded an extremely successful outcome for the client. Despite the brain injury the claimant remained highly articulate but struggled to control his anger, to motivate himself and to maintain concentration. Extensive evidence was amassed to prove this and the defendant’s insurers eventually accepted that it was unlikely he would be able to obtain or sustain employment and lifelong care and assistance was required. It was also proven that the claimant lacked capacity to manage his financial affairs and the Court of Protection was involved. Settlement was reached shortly before trial and it was agreed that the claimant would receive £28,000 a year and a lump sum of £1,000,000. The capitalised settlement was approximately £2,750,000. Interim payments were secured while the claim was ongoing and a comprehensive rehabilitation package was arranged, which involved funding for the claimant to move to his own accommodation with care and assistance.
Matthew is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
In 2019 Matthew was noted as a key lawyer in Legal 500.