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

    PILARS wins Special Award for Pro Bono Service at the TRI Awards

    We are delighted that the Personal Insolvency Litigation Advice and Representation Scheme (PILARS), which Serle Court’s Matthew... Read More

    News

    Debenhams CVA Challenge: Landlord’s Objections

    In an article in PLC Magazine Lance Ashworth QC and Matthew Morrison discussed recent developments in retail CVAs in anticipation... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court 4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2019 (New York)

    Location: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York Read More

    Events

    ACTAPS Contentious Trusts and Probate Seminar

    Location: Cripps Pemberton Greenish, Number 22 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8AS 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

    PILARS wins Special Award for Pro Bono Service at the TRI Awards

    We are delighted that the Personal Insolvency Litigation Advice and Representation Scheme (PILARS), which Serle Court’s Matthew... Read More

    News

    Debenhams CVA Challenge: Landlord’s Objections

    In an article in PLC Magazine Lance Ashworth QC and Matthew Morrison discussed recent developments in retail CVAs in anticipation... Read More

  • Events

    Serle Court 4th International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference 2019 (New York)

    Location: Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York Read More

    Events

    ACTAPS Contentious Trusts and Probate Seminar

    Location: Cripps Pemberton Greenish, Number 22 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8AS Read More