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Matthew Phillips QC

Matthew Phillips QC

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Matthew Phillips practises in the following fields: Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Sport.

In the field of personal injury Matthew specialises in asbestos related disease claims and catastrophic head and spinal injuries.

In the field of clinical negligence he acts for Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of high value claims.

In the field of sports law Matthew has extensive experience of personal injury claims and regulatory work involving anti-doping regulations.

Matthew practises nationwide and is happy to travel to meet clients. He prioritises the management of cases in a sensitive and inclusive manner.

He has been recommended in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 in personal injury since 2006. He appears in the “Spotlight Table” for industrial disease in Chambers & Partners.

Clinical Negligence

In the field of clinical negligence Matthew represents both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of claims of significant value. He has particular experience in the fields of birth injury, failed spinal surgery and cardiological issues.


M & R v Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board

Acting for the Claimants in a birth injury claim of the utmost severity resulting from a delayed transfer to a specialist maternity unit. Complex causation issues. Involves a claim for psychiatric injury on the part of the child’s mother. Recovered in excess of £4 Million on a capitalised basis.

J v Poole Hospital

Represented the Claimant who had sustained incomplete tetraplegia as a result of a delayed diagnosis of spinal infection. Amputation of left leg subsequently required. Challenging breach of duty and causation issues. Compromised for in excess of £3 million.

L v Dr Kanagaratnam

Claim arising out of the insertion of a pace maker without obtaining the Claimant’s proper consent. Alleged failure to set out the non-invasive treatment options. Claimant developed pericarditis as a result of the pace maker procedure.

W v George Eliot Hospital

Infant Claimant sustained a severe brain injury following a clash of heads at school. Alleged delays in obtaining a CT scan, diagnosing the cranial bleed and surgical intervention. Recovered in excess of £3 million.

W v Oxford University NHS Trust

Claim on behalf of an infant Claimant whose had lost his mother to meningococcal septicaemia. Alleged failure to diagnose and treat the infection on the part of the hospital. Complex loss of services claim pursuant to the Fatal Accidents Act. Recovered in the region of £500,000.

C v PC

Instructed by the MDU to defend a failed spinal surgery claim of the utmost severity. Claimant rendered tetraplegic. Significant liability and quantum issues. Compromise in excess of £10 million.

P v Nottingham University NHS Trust

Delayed diagnosis and treatment of severe spinal pathology resulting in collapse of spinal column and subsequent paraplegia. High value claim.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Association for Victims of Medical Accidents
  • British Association for Sport and the Law
  • Personal Injury Bar Association


  • Called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn (1993)
  • Diploma in International Law, St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge (1992)
  • MA in Jurisprudence, Trinity College, Oxford (1991)

Matthew Phillips QC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law




“Bright, talented and a pleasure to work with.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“An excellent barrister whose client care skills are second to none.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Thorough, detailed, commercial and realistic.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“An excellent advocate and very good with clients.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017

“Recommended for handling high-value claims.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017

“Well liked, he always provides thorough advice at the appropriate level. He’s able to explain the most complex legal issues in the most straightforward manner.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“A confident advocate with a keen eye for detail.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He is one of the standout junior barristers in the area of asbestos litigation.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016

“He is a bright and talented barrister, a pleasure to work with.” Personal injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is very experienced in asbestos-related lung disease cases.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He has meticulous attention to detail and his technical knowledge of asbestos-related claims is first class.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015

“Very experienced. He’s a good communicator who is great with clients.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015 “Fantastic client care skills.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014

“He’s very knowledgeable in his field, his advice is very practical, and he’s unflappable – a standout at Outer Temple.” “He’s very approachable and he makes clients feel relaxed.” Chambers & Partners 2014

“A first-class junior.” Chambers & Partners 2013

“Matthew Phillips shows terrific strength in industrial disease work. Clients value “his approachability and clear communication”, whilst lawyers appreciate his “ability to assimilate information quickly.” ” Chambers & Partners 2012

“Highly regarded junior Matthew Phillips is particularly noted for his work on asbestos-related disease claims, matters he handles with aplomb. He epitomises the excellent client care skills on offer at the set and is further hailed for his “willingness to push cases.” ” Chambers & Partners 2011

“One of the most capable juniors around for dealing with the higher-value and higher-profile cases…down-to-earth and client friendly.” Chambers & Partners 2010

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