Matthew Turner joined chambers in October 2019 following successful completion of pupillage. He is now developing a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work including personal injury, clinical negligence, product liability (including medical products), property damage, professional negligence and general commercial and insurance litigation. He also has experience of shipping litigation and arbitration.
He has a busy court practice and appears in court most days. He is regularly instructed to appear in fast track and small claims trials, as well as interim applications and CMCs in fast and multi-track cases.
Before coming to the Bar, Matthew worked as a commercial solicitor. He completed his training contract at a Magic Circle law firm (2015 – 2017), which included secondments to Liberty, the human rights organisation, and the London Stock Exchange. He then moved to a Texan law firm (2017 – 2018) where he specialised in commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on shipping disputes.
Matthew studied at the University of Nottingham (2010 – 2014), graduating top of his year in law. This included an exchange year studying at the University of Texas at Austin Law School. During this year he worked as a Student Criminal Defence Attorney representing death row inmates.
Matthew has a busy personal injury practice, acting for both claimants and defendants. He regularly appears at trial and interlocutory hearings in cases involving road traffic accidents, employers’ liability claims, occupiers’ liability claims and public liability claims.
Matthew gained significant clinical negligence experience whilst sitting with Farrah Mauladad and David Myhill during his pupillage.
He drafted advices, particulars of claim and defences in clinical negligence claims against both doctors and NHS Trusts, as well as regularly attending settlement meetings and mediations. He also assisted Farrah Mauladad in the successful defence in the High Court of an NHS Trust in a shoulder dystocia claim valued at over £1 million. The judgment can be found here.
Matthew has extensive experience of claims arising out of defective products, including medical devices.
During his training contract Matthew worked on the Metal-On-Metal hip group litigation where he was part of the legal team representing a medical device manufacturer against a multi-party action brought by hundreds of individual claimants.
During pupillage, Matthew drafted advices, particulars of claim and defences in product liability cases involving a range of produces from horse bits to cleaning solutions. He also assisted David Myhill and Alexander Antelme QC in a claim relating to a radiological contrast medium, Myodil, which allegedly caused significant injuries decades after its use.
Matthew is developing a busy property damage. During pupillage he gained experience advising and drafting pleadings as well as attending trials and interlocutory applications.
- Drafting particulars of claim in respect of damage caused to a mixed residential and commercial property when a vehicle collided with it while trying to manoeuvre around a stationary fire engine.
- Representing a property owner in defending a claim for negligence and nuisance following substantial escape of water from a bathroom toilet.
Matthew is developing a busy insurance practice, having gained experience during pupillage of drafting advices and pleadings in both coverage and subrogated recovery claims.
- Advising and drafting a defence in relation a home and contents insurance claim following a fire where there was evidence of deliberate action and fraud.
- Drafting Grounds of Appeal and Skeleton Argument in the appeal of a decision to dismiss an application for strike-out and summary judgment in a home and contents insurance claim that was brought out of time.
Matthew previously worked as a commercial solicitor specialising in shipping litigation and arbitration.
- Acting as counsel for an English marina owner and operator in a claim by the owner of a sports cruiser that was allegedly damaged by hot works carried out by a dredging company in the marina.
- Exportadora de Sal S.A. de C.V. v Corretaje Maritimo Sud-Americano Inc.  EWHC 224 (Comm) – as a solicitor Matthew acted for Corretaje in successfully defending an application in the Commercial Court by ESSA, a Mexican salt mining corporation, challenging the validity of an LMAA arbitration award. The case involved complex issues of English conflict of laws principles and Mexican administrative, procurement and civil law.
- Acted for a Danish shipping company in an LMAA arbitration in defending a breach of warranty claim following the sale and purchase of a dry bulk carrier.
- Acted for a British luxury yacht manufacturer in an arbitration claim against a hull manufacturer.
- Maxwell Law Prize (2014) – top graduating law student
- JD & Elizabeth Marsden Prize (2014) – outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement
- Clyde & Co Prize in EU/EC Trade Law (2012) – best performing student in EU law
- Bar Transfer Test, BPP Law School (2018)
- Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School (2015), Distinction
- LLB (Hons) Law with American Law, University of Nottingham (2010 – 2014), First Class with Distinction in American Law (top graduating student)
New Ships, Old Rules: Updating IMO Rules to Cover Autonomous Ships, The Robotics Law Journal, 2018
Autonomous ships: are we ready?, Maritime Risk International, 2018
Arbitration Challenge: Too Little, Too Late, New Law Journal, 2018
Sanctity of Arbitration Awards: English High Court dismisses untimely claim that Tribunal’s substantive jurisdiction was retroactively destroyed, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, 2018
Shipbuilding: England & Wales, Getting The Deal Through, 2018