Matthew Morrison


Year of Call: 2004

“One of the finest of his generation: he combines a formidable intellect with a user-friendly manner.”

Legal 500 2020

Practice Overview

Matthew has a broad commercial chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company and partnership, insolvency, and trust litigation. Matthew has been instructed as sole counsel on matters before the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. He is also regularly instructed as junior counsel in large-scale commercial and chancery litigation both onshore and offshore, and has significant experience of assisting advocates in appearances before the Royal Courts of Jersey and Guernsey. Although always ready and willing to advance a client’s case vigorously and fearlessly, Matthew equally relishes the challenge of helping conflicting parties to achieve a consensual and commercial resolution of their differences, and is a great believer in mediation.

Matthew is recommended by Legal 500 (2020) as a leading individual in civil fraud, commercial litigation, company and partnership, and offshore, and is ranked in Chambers & Partners (2019) for civil fraud and commercial chancery. 

Matthew is the author of widely read Practical Law Company practice notes on minority shareholder remedies and various aspects of claims against trustees. In March 2018 he was invited to join the Practical Law Company’s Private Client Consultation Board. He is also the editor of chapters of Butterworths Corporate Law Service and Tolleys Company Law Service on directors’ liabilities in insolvency and disqualification. In addition, Matthew contributes chapters on liquidation, investigations and striking off, unfair prejudice, misfeasance and disqualification to The Law of Limited Liability Partnerships (Whittaker and Machell, 4th ed. (2016)). A list of articles written by Matthew may be found in the Publications section.

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers Global Guide 2020

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked as a set in 4 practice areas of the... Read More

    News

    Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2020 Rankings

    Serle Court members featured in 11 practice areas in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal. Including thirteen members... Read More

  • Events

    Mourants Jersey & Guernsey Trusts Forum

    Location: The Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey & St Pierre Park Hotel, Guernsey Read More

    Events

    Company Law Conference 2020

    Location: 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, WC2A 3QS Read More

  • He has moments of genius and always has a fresh approach to a case.”

    Legal 500 2019
  • “He is exceptionally clever, is able to grasp what is important and think of new, fresh ideas and arguments. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and retained a good sense of humour through a difficult trial.”

    Chambers & Partners 2020

Education & Qualifications

St John’s College, Oxford

Jurisprudence (MA, Oxon) - Proxime Accessit to the Wronker Prize awarded for the second highest First Class mark in the year

Bachelor of Civil Law - Awarded the Sir Roy Goode prize for the highest Distinction obtained in the year at St John’s College, Oxford

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

Qualified as a solicitor after working for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in corporate finance, M&A and commercial litigation in London, Cologne and Frankfurt

Cayman Islands Attorney

Admitted to the Bar of the Cayman Islands whilst working for Quin and Hampson (now Mourant du Feu & Jeune Cayman) from October 2005 to April 2006. Subsequently called ad hoc in various matters.

Appointments

Formerly Junior Counsel to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for Directors Disqualification Proceedings

Nominated as Counsel for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs on a number of matters before the High Court and the Tax Commissioners.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Commercial Bar Association

VAT Number

882140433

In the Press

Comments; "High Court rules on duties of 'shadow directors" (with Lance Ashworth QC) - Estates Gazette, 16 April 2018

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers Global Guide 2020

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked as a set in 4 practice areas of the... Read More

    News

    Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2020 Rankings

    Serle Court members featured in 11 practice areas in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal. Including thirteen members... Read More

  • Events

    Mourants Jersey & Guernsey Trusts Forum

    Location: The Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey & St Pierre Park Hotel, Guernsey Read More

    Events

    Company Law Conference 2020

    Location: 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, WC2A 3QS Read More