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Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


Matthew was called in 1995 and practices in planning, environmental, local government and local government-related property law.

Matthew was ranked as a leading junior in the planning sections of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 from 2008 until he took silk in 2017.  Since taking silk, he continues to be ranked as a leader. The guides say “he has a phenomenal intellect and clients enjoy working with him. Nothing seems to faze him”, “his planning knowledge is excellent” with “approachability and commitment”, “he is a strong advocate who relates well to clients.” “A brilliant new silk, he’s great on the detail and always well prepared.”,  he “is extremely capable in advocacy and cross-examination – you know you have given your client the best shot”, “a very good choice for the diffcult cases”; “a leading junior, excellent at leading detailed cases at inquiry”, “tenacious, meticulous and thorough in cross-examination”, “especially valued for his expertise in cases that combine elements of planning, real estate and environmental law”,  “a thorough and efficient handling of cases” and “a first-choice barrister for anything contentious”.

Matthew routinely appears in all the courts of record including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, Divisional Courts and the High Court as well as the criminal courts, Parliament and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).  He acts for developers, local authorities and NGOs.  He has appeared in over 50 reported Court cases and 70 significant inquiries and hearings.

His recent 2019 work has comprised housing development projects involving 3000 houses, major minerals sites new road compulsory purchase projects, energy from waste power stations, transport and work act orders, development agreement arbitrations, developments affecting grade 1 listed buildings, habitat regulations cases, local plan promotion and major planning enforcement and POCA orders.


Called 1995, Middle Temple; qualified ADR Group Accredited Mediator.


Planning and Environment Bar Association, Compulsory Purchase Association, Parliamentary Bar Mess.


Matthew read history at King’s College, Cambridge. He has an MA in Law from City University and was a Middle Temple Jules Thorn Scholar.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Matthew Reed KC – Landmark Chambers  ‘Matthew’s strengths are unquestionably his forensic approach to matters, twinned with his calm an unflappable manner. He manages to balance his very friendly and open nature with a strong air of authority. Matthew’s advice, both oral and written, is always clear and thoroughly researched.’