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Matthew Smith

Year of call:
Durham University, BA Economics/Law (2:1)
Cambridge University, M.Phil
Circuit representative for the International Rule of Law Working Group
Member of PIBA and PBA

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence – The Legal 500 (2019)

“A fantastic cross-examiner who is really robust in court.”- Chambers and Partners (2020)

‘A fantastic barrister.’ – Legal 500 (2019)

“Very experienced. His technical knowledge and competence shine through every time.” “An excellent trial advocate, who is very well prepared and experienced in this type of work. He gets the ear of the judge and his advocacy skills really are top rate.” – Chambers and Partners (2019)

“Vastly experienced in fraudulent claims, and a tenacious and robust advocate.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

Matthew has extensive experience and skill in civil fraud work ranging from disease, casualty and EL/PL fraud to property and first-party fraud.

Matthew co-founded the civil fraud team in Chambers and has a national reputation in this field for effective and thorough cross-examination.

‘Strong in cross-examining fraud-related cases’ – Legal 500 (2014)

Matthew has undertaken a number of high-profile cases as well as multi-handed fraud rings in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Enforcement, including High Court Committal, Charging Orders and Bankruptcy is another area of Matthew’s practice.

In addition, Matthew also advises and  lectures on bringing Private Prosecutions from Civil Fraud cases.  PSQB is the first and only Chambers in the country to advise on such matters and to then actually draft the proceedings and then represent the Prosecution in the Crown Court.

Notable cases

  • Mitchell v Whittaker:  A leading first instance decision on QOCS and fundamental dishonesty.
  • Noble v Advantage : A successful reported appeal where findings of fact were reversed.
  • Birch v Lowe & CIS:  An insurance fraud in which a tort of deceit claim was successfully made and in which an award of exemplary damages was made.
  • Ramzan and S9:  A multi million pound fraud ring that was discontinued on appeal.
  • Putnins v Gregory:  A High Court Civil Fraud ring.
  • Ellis & Hall; A fraud ring where exemplary damages were awarded.
  • Campbell v AVIVA:  A successful appeal to the High Court on a Civil Fraud costs matter.
  • Rasoul v Issa: a successful fraud ring defence also involving issues of service on a non-existent PH.
  • Iqbal v Singh & LV: a conspiracy also involving issues concerning the law on innocent TPs.
  • Finnerty: a successful appeal on the law concerning the dismissal of claims by ‘resorting to the burden of proof’.
  • Draper v Nottingham City Council: A successful reported appeal on surveillance evidence.
  • Morrow: A fraud ring involving members of the same family.
  • Rouse: the successful defence of a high-profile defendant.
  • Kader v Covea: Proven claim struck out at Trial under section 57 CJCA 2015 for claimant supporting the bogus claim of a passenger.
  • Burton v Advantage Insurance: A multi-track fraud finding of fundamental dishonesty.
  • Ashraf v Al-Halal: PL case with a vulnerable claimant, CCTV evidence and an allegation of professional negligence against a former solicitor’s firm.
  • Thaper v Banger: A High Court committal involving a bogus witness: 3 months custody, reported.
  • O’Brien v RMG: A successful High Court appeal involving CPR 44.16

Public Access

Matthew Smith may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Matthew’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

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