Matthew Morrison


Year of Call: 2004

"Matthew is an excellent advocate who really hits home with points. He has near-surgical cross-examination skills, unsettling even the strongest of witnesses." 

The Legal 500 2022

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 also appeared in a number of judicial review claims and other matters raising issues of public and administrative law.

Matthew has been instructed as sole counsel in proceedings 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 matters both onshore and offshore. These include cases in the Courts of the DIFC and the BVI.  In addition, Matthew 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 (2022) as a leading individual in civil fraud, commercial litigation, company and partnership, and offshore. He is ranked in Chambers & Partners (UK Bar 2022) for civil fraud, commercial dispute resolution, commercial chancery and offshore, and in Chambers & Partners (Global 2021) for commercial 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, 5th ed. (2021)). A list of articles written by Matthew may be found in the Publications section.

News & Events

  • News

    #SerleShare - Pro Bono Week 2021

    To mark the 20th annual Pro Bono Week which takes place from 1st to 5th November 2021, Beverly-Ann Rogers, Matthew... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    ChBA Annual Conference 2022

    Location: The Royal College of Physicians 11 St. Andrew’s Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE Read More

    Events

    Serle Court & Maples Group: Cross-Border Private Client & Trusts Series - Webinar 2

    Location: On Demand Read More

  •  "A very robust advocate who is unstinting in his efforts in terms of preparation. He has a laser-like focus on the issues, does a great job explaining things in laymen's terms and has a great manner with clients." 

    Chambers & Partners (UK Bar) 2022
  • "He has an experience and strategic nous way beyond what would be expected at this level; a future QC and/or judge for sure."

    The Legal 500 2022
  • "An extremely bright barrister and a real people person. He is brilliant with clients and very commercial, but with a formidable intellect." 

    Chambers & Partners (Global) 2021

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

    #SerleShare - Pro Bono Week 2021

    To mark the 20th annual Pro Bono Week which takes place from 1st to 5th November 2021, Beverly-Ann Rogers, Matthew... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court & Maples Group: Cross-Border Private Client & Trusts Series - Webinar 2

    Location: On Demand Read More

    Events

    Mourant Guernsey Trusts Forum 2021

    Location: St Pierre Park Hotel Read More