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Mathew Purchase

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Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)


Mathew's practice includes all aspects of public law, employment law, discrimination law, and human rights and civil liberties. He is on the Attorney General's A Panel and is a member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit and ELAAS. Recent cases include: R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (SC, employment tribunal fees), Naeem v Secretry of State for Justice (SC, indirect discrinination), Vining v UNISON (CA, applicabiltiy of ECHR to police exceptions from employment rights), Trayhorn v Ministry of Justice (EAT, religious discrimination), R (Civil Nuclear Police Federation) v CNPA (QBD, public service pensions), Sparks v Department of Transport (CA, incorporation of terms), and R (Care North East Northumberland) v Northumberland County Council (CA, care home fees).

Mathew is an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.


Called Lincoln’s Inn 2002; traineeship Matrix 2002; member Matrix 2003; Attorney General's A Panel 2015; accredited mediator 2015.


Administrative Law Bar Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Human Rights Lawyers Association; Employment Law Association.


Dyffryn Comprehensive School, Port Talbot; St Anne’s College, Oxford (2000 MA Modern History First Class); City University (2001 CPE Distinction); ICSL (2002 BVC Outstanding).


Music, piano, theatre, history.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Juniors

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers ‘ He leaves no stone unturned. ’

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Within: Leading Juniors

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers ‘ Very intelligent, sympathetic and approachable. ’

Within: Education

'Excellent for public law and education law', Matrix Chambers has 'a good roster of experienced counsel who are expert in their fields'. Its members have wide-ranging experience in education cases, ranging from First Tier Tribunal hearings through to Supreme Court appeals. Significant recent cases include R (Interim Executive Board of Al Hijrah School) v Ofsted, which established that gender segregation in schools without express statutory authority constitutes direct sex discrimination; Helen Mountfield QC acted for Ofsted in its successful appeal. Elsewhere, Mathew Purchase represented a professor of chemical biology in Edwards v University of Oxford (University Appeal Court), which concerned the university's compulsory retirement age.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Mathew Purchase - Matrix Chambers ‘ A bright and determined advocate, with brilliant writing skills and an excellent cross-examination style. ’

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