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Matthew Stockwell is a personal injury and public law barrister who specialises in serious injury litigation and welfare related aspects of public law. His caseload is made up almost exclusively of cases with a mixture of high value (or other importance to the parties), sensitivity and complexity. He is recognised for his know-how and experience, combined with a strong work ethic and empathy with clients. He has acted for claimants and defendants at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court.
Matthew has extensive involvement in appeals, test cases and declaratory proceedings. He is often counsel of choice in cases involving novel and developing areas of the law to assist on strategy along with his technical expertise and advocacy skills. He relishes the prospect of working collaboratively with other professionals and places particular importance on delivering excellent client care and successful outcomes as part of a team.
Matthew maintains a substantial clinical negligence practice, in particular those cases that allow him to draw on his experience of neurological injury, mental health, capacity and consent issues. Drawing on his health and social care expertise, Matthew regularly acts on behalf of employees, clients, detainees and members of the public who are injured in connection with nursing, community care and mental health provision.
He also has considerable experience of inquests (particularly those with juries arising from death at work or medical errors) and the sensitive, effective conduct of fatal accident and dependency claims.
Matthew enjoys a national reputation among his peers for personal injury law:
- Executive committee of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) between 2007 and 2015 – as Vice President in 2012 & President in 2013. In recognition of his “outstanding contribution” to the work of the organisation, he was made an Honorary Life Member in 2015
- Co-author of the APIL Guide to Accidents at Work
- Member of APIL’s Training & Accreditation Committee, with extensive experience organising and delivering specialist training to fellow professionals, particularly on the subject of brain injury and serious injury litigation
- Working Party member and contributor to the Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury, which has been developed following years of collaborative work between APIL, FOIL and major insurers
- Past Editorial Board Member, Journal of Personal Law.
Matthew is adept at advising on the effective preparation and presentation of complex quantum claims including ongoing care requirements, career forecasting in the context of full and partial earnings loss, accommodation, aids and adaptation claims, mitigation arguments, pension loss, provisional damages and the structuring of PPO awards. He has particular experience assisting clients following brain injury, spinal cord injury, upper and lower limb amputation (including prosthetic rehabilitation), psychiatric injury, chronic pain disorders and other disabling conditions. He is completely committed to early identification of client needs, effective rehabilitation and proactive case progression.
Drawing on his health and social care expertise, Matthew regularly acts on behalf of employees, clients, detainees and members of the public who are injured in connection with nursing, community care and mental health provision. He also has considerable experience of inquests (particularly those with juries arising from death at work or medical errors) and the sensitive, effective conduct of fatal accident and dependency claims.
Matthew also acted in numerous military claims on behalf of injured members of the armed forces – involving operational activities, training, selection, sports, leisure and civilian incidents – where service careers has been interrupted or curtailed.
Pollock v Cahill & Anor  EWHC 2260 (QB)
High profile, novel catastrophic injury claim on behalf of renowned, blind adventure athlete who fell from second floor window of friends’ property suffering spinal cord injury. Led by Christopher Wilson-Smith QC. Claim against public liability insurer limited to £2 million (actual value €7-€8 million).
Matthew undertakes professional negligence claims arising out of the conduct of personal injury litigation and related insurance and indemnity issues.
In the sphere of public law, Matthew has a longstanding academic & professional interest in health and social care provision. He holds a postgraduate degree from Trinity College, Dublin, following comparative research about issues of capacity and consent in the context of obstetric management.
He regularly appears in the Court of Protection, Family Division and Administrative Court on matters of the utmost sensitivity, whilst advising and lecturing in the areas of health and social welfare decision-making, mental capacity and mental health, community care provision, learning disability and funding / charging issues.
He is a specialist contributor to Judicial Review: Law & Practice (Jordan Publishing).
Appointments & Memberships
- Honorary Life Member, APIL
Areas of Law
- Court of Protection
- Clinical Negligence
- Product Liability
- Law In Sport
- Personal Injury
- International Illness, Injury & Travel
- Public Law
- Community Care
- Mental Health
“His recall of principle is encyclopaedic.” Legal 500 2017
“His empathetic approach goes down well with clients. He works hard and achieves good results as a consequence.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is very capable and has a good approach to the work. Very straightforward and knowledgeable, he keeps up to date with the law and the process in this area.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“Well known for handling complex personal injury cases, particularly those involving brain injury and issues relating to mental capacity. Interviewees praise his high level of technical skill. “Out of all the barristers I deal with he has a unique ability to spot appeal points and persuade the court to accept his point of view.” “He is very good on paper and on his feet.” ” Chambers & Partners 2015
“Respected junior on the Northern Circuit noted for his skill in handling deprivation of liberty cases on behalf of the vulnerable adult. He has particular knowledge of cases stemming from acquired brain injury. “Delivers very passionate, well-balanced arguments.” “Acted for the applicant in bringing a successful appeal to have an elderly woman with complex medical treatment needs released from a care home.” ” Chambers & Partners 2015
“Maintains a broad practice in judicial review proceedings, with a particular interest in health, social welfare, education, human rights and mental health issues. He acts for local authorities, government and individuals. “He gives calm, assured and authoritative advice.” Acted in the Supreme Court for the appellant challenging the refusal of the Health Secretary to make a referral to the First-Tier Tribunal to review her detention under the Mental Health Act.” Chambers & Partners 2015
“Handles a range of public law matters including those pertaining to healthcare and social welfare.” Chambers & Partners 2014
“He can spot unusual points in a case which others might not be able to.” Chambers & Partners 2014
“He’s a very competent and knowledgeable member of the Bar.” Chambers & Partners 2014
“Strong in brain injury cases, including those involving mental capacity issues.” Legal 500 2014
“An experienced judicial review and local government petitioner.” Legal 500 2014
“Liverpool-based Matthew Stockwell focuses on adult welfare issues, and frequently acts on behalf of local authorities. As a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, an organisation of which he is now Vice-President, he has been involved in challenging the Lord Chancellor’s review of the discount rate prescribed under the Damages Act 1996.” Chambers & Partners 2013
“Matthew Stockwell is hailed for a practice that extends to health, social welfare, adult safeguarding and mental capacity issues. Sources emphasise that he is their advocate of choice before the Court of Protection. He has a huge breadth of experience thanks to his diverse work for claimants, local authorities and the Official Solicitor. Interviewees cannot praise him enough for his work ethic. “He works round the clock to deliver the most rigorous service to clients”, sources say.” Chambers & Partners 2012