Matthew Ford > BLM > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Personal injury and tour operator liability.


Matthew is a partner specialising in complex and high-value EL, PL, sports liability and tour operator liability claims. Matthew is instructed by insurers and corporate clients to defend a range of claims from head and spinal injuries, to fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Clients have described Matthew as a ‘safe pair of hands who does everything possible to look after [his clients’] interests.’ He advises clients across all industry sectors, including retail, leisure, construction and manufacturing, and regularly contributes to insurance and specialist industry publications. Reported cases include Gosling v Screwfix – the first case to establish ‘fundamental dishonesty’ in QOCS cases; Adam v Omer Homes; Pask v McNicholas Construction and Dobbs v Mitchell & Butlers.


Trained BLM London; qualified 2003; partner 2009.


Law Society; TATLA.


Driffield School; University of Warwick (1999 LLB Hons 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (2001 LPC commendation).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Travel

(Leading individuals)

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The team at BLM specialises in claims brought under the Package Travel Regulations (PTR) for major tour operators and insurers; it is a ‘very commercially-minded defence team with good knowledge of the industry and a strong record of defending claims‘. Travel group head Matthew Ford leads the travel and tour operator liability team and is a ‘capable and confident negotiator‘. Ford defended a tour operator on a group claim for gastric illness. The team is ‘astute to the commercial realities and requirements of the leisure and tourism market‘; Emily List, who was promoted to partner in 2018, has a ‘calm head under pressure‘; and associate Deborah Sayers is ‘excellent at case management, is engaging, and is adept at marshalling expert evidence‘.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: defendant

BLM ‘remains a top-tier firm‘ serving the needs of the insurance industry in the context of catastrophic injury claims. Apart from major insurers, corporate clients as well as public sector entities seek the practice’s advice on the full-range of personal injury matters, including accidents at work, motor claims as well as disease, public liability and fatal cases. The London casualty team is headed by Matthew Ford, who has a substantial track record defending complex and large loss claims across a range of industries, namely construction, retail, manufacturing and travel. Leading disease specialist Michelle Penn leads the occupational disease group; while the catastrophic injury team, which handles claims of the utmost severity often including cross-border elements, is under the supervision of Antony French. The team is regularly instructed to advise on spinal cord injuries, amputation cases, high-value chronic pain claims, as well as brain injury cases, for which Claire Collins is noted as a subtle brain damage specialist. High-profile group litigation related to sexual/physical abuse and bullying cases are the key areas of expertise for Michael Pether, who has a strong reputation for claims concerning local authority and institutional liability.