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Matthew Phillips QC

Matthew Phillips QC

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Matthew Phillips QC 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.

Sports Law

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 B            

Advised a former Premier League footballer in relation to a civil damages claim.  He sustained a career-ending injury in an on-field challenge.  Issues regarding degree of recklessness of the challenge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A v W

Advised Premiership rugby union player in relation to a potential clinical negligence claim arising for a failure on the part of his club’s medical team to diagnose and treat a blood disorder.


Represented a professional footballer in front of the UKAD Tribunal.  He had tested positive for a class A drug.  Defence based on consumption of a “spiked” drink.  Issues of credibility and degree of care taken by the player.

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.


Appointments & Memberships

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


  • 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


“A very strong advocate who gets stuck into his cases and delivers very good results for his clients.” Personal Injury: Industrial disease, Chambers & Partners 2021

“Very experienced in the field of asbestos litigation and has been involved in some of the most important cases in this field.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2021

“Extremely experienced in asbestos disease claims, he is pragmatic, gets to the point and never loses sight of the target.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2020

“Very determined and realistic.” Personal Injury: Industrial disease, Chambers & Partners 2020

“An outstanding barrister with an immense knowledge of asbestos disease litigation.” “He’s excellent with clients.” Personal Injury: Industrial disease, Chambers & Partners 2019

“His advocacy is clear and persuasive, his advice is always pragmatic and he has sound judgement on liability and quantum.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2019

“He is a forceful advocate and is able to get to grips with difficult issues quickly.” Personal Injury: Industrial disease, Legal 500 2019

“Practical and down to earth, really good with clients.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019

“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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