Matthew Howarth > Shoosmiths LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
New Station Street
West Yorkshire

Work Department

Business Advisory


Matthew is a commercial litigator who specialises in advising UK corporates on shareholder and warranty claims, professional negligence, contractual disputes, defamation and financial services claims and pensions disputes.

This includes the execution and defence of search and seizure orders, including acting as the court-appointed supervising solicitor on the execution of such orders.

High profile cases where Matthew has advised include:

  • the judicial review claim against the serious fraud office (SFO) acting for one of the interested parties in challenging the duties of the SFO under a deferred prosecution agreement and disclosure obligations in relation to a Bribery Act prosecution brought against Company Directors; and
  • Acting for Treasury and Group Risk Director on class action brought in relation to £200m Rights Issue for sub prime lender
  • Advising on multiple professional negligence actions for lenders against solicitors and valuers.
  • acting for the Plantagenet Alliance (descendants of King Richard III) in their challenge over the burial of the king’s remains located in Leicester, a case which attracted worldwide press interest and appeared regularly on local and national radio and television.

Additionally, he is head of Shoosmiths’ Leeds office and responsible for the firm’s contribution to, and profile within, the local business community.


Matthew joined Shoosmiths in 2017.


Professional Negligence Lawyers Association

Association of Pensions Lawyers

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Professional negligence: claimant

Increasingly active in the financial services sector, where it handles matters against accountants, valuers and insurance brokers, the team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by dispute resolution specialist Matthew Howarth. In addition to this work, the practice has broad expertise in the pensions field, an area in which it advises scheme trustees on the potential for high-value claims against professional advisers. Associate Anna Marsden-Ragnarsson, a specialist in banking negligence, is another important contact.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Shoosmiths LLP‘s litigation department is highlighted for its expertise in corporate, commercial, contentious financial services and fraud disputes. Practice head Matthew Howarth is strong for financial services disputes including litigation relating to online platform investments, while David Farnell combines commercial and insolvency litigation expertise. Within the financial services sector, it also handles contentious pensions work and lender professional negligence work, which are among senior associate Anna Marsden-Ragnarsson‘s focus areas. Emma Lowe joined Clarion.

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

David Thompson leads the non-contentious side of the newly established London pension offering at Shoosmiths LLPJulian Richards joined the firm in 2019 from BDB Pitmans to develop the firm’s advisory presence and practice in the city, with a particular focus on flexible apportionment arrangements as an option to maximise group profitability and maintain employer covenant strength in the scheme. Matthew Howarth is the disputes lead, with particular expertise in equalisation, rectification and professional negligence claims, currently acting for Entrust Pension Limited in one such claim

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

David Thompson leads the non-contentious side of the recently established London pension offering at Shoosmiths LLP. Julian Richards joined the firm in 2019 from BDB Pitmans to develop the firm’s advisory presence in the City and is well regarded for his ‘reliable, clear and pragmatic‘ advice. Matthew Howarth is the contentious pensions lead and has particular expertise in equalisation, rectification and professional negligence claims.