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.
Law In Sport
In the field of sports law Matthew has extensive experience of personal injury claims and regulatory work involving anti-doping regulations. He has an academic interest in all aspects of sports law and practice. Matthew sits as a Legally Qualified Chair on the British Equine Federation’s Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Hearing Body.
A v The Rugby Football League
Client a semi-professional rugby league player suspended following a positive test for a Class A drug. Appeared on his behalf before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
M v The RFU
Anti-doping case on behalf of a rugby union player. Central issue whether player entitled to withdraw consent to having urine sample analysed after providing the sample and, of so, what the appropriate sanction is.
X v Y
Positive drugs test by an international level athlete whilst competing abroad. Defence based on food contamination.
J v Portsmouth City Council & Others
Representing an amateur racing cyclist who sustained a devastating head injury in a sprint finish on a closed racing circuit. Allegations revolving around the layout of the circuit and the numbers of entrants.
D v Smith
Represented the successful Claimant who was the victim of a reckless challenge in an ice hockey game that resulted in incomplete tetraplegia. Central issue whether the challenge constituted serious foul play. Compromised for in excess of £1 million.
Q v Dr Achan
Advised semi-professional footballer in relation to his claim arising out of failed knee surgery that caused a premature end to his football career. Liability issues and quantum issues regarding loss of playing and management/coaching opportunities.
M v The RFU
Advised a student rugby union player in relation to claim arising out of severe spinal injury. The client was rendered tetraplegic when a scrum engaged prematurely and collapsed. Central issue was the referees control of the scrum.
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)
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