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Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC
Maitland Chambers

Living Wage


Barrister specializing in commercial chancery litigation, including company and insolvency questions, contractual and trust-related disputes. Particular interest in charity law. Matthew acted for the Independent Schools Council in their successful judicial review of the Commission’s public benefit guidance; he appeared in the poverty trusts references brought by the Attorney General; he acted for the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in their appeal against the Commission’s refusal to register. Other notable cases have included acting for the Catholic adoption agencies in their appeals concerning the scope of the charitable exemption in the Equality Act 2010 and appearing for the Attorney-General in the litigation over the assets of the Wedgwood Museum. He has advised and acted for and against the Commission on a number of other matters. He has appeared in the Tribunal and in Court for charities, the Commission and the Attorney in England & Wales and in Northern Ireland.


Qualified 2001; Inner Temple.


Chancery Bar Association; Charity Law Association; COMBAR; Insolvency Law Association; R3.


Ipswich School; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1999 MA). LLM (Charity Law Unit, University of Liverpool, 2006)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Charities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew SmithMaitland ChambersFrankly one of the most experienced and astute in the field of charity law; especially well versed in tribunal and court proceedings, with enough cases under his belt to be able to speak with real authority on law and process.

Maitland Chambers has ‘real strength and depth in the sector and is highly user-friendly.‘ As a result,  it is one of the leading sets for work involving charities with members regularly appearing in the Chancery Division and the appellate courts including all the way up to the Supreme Court on issues affecting charities. Recent highlights include Christopher H McCall QC acting on behalf of the Charity Commission in a five-day High Court hearing about whether various NHS Foundation Trusts had charitable status (Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Derby City Council). ‘Standout‘ Matthew Smith and ‘thorough, logicalAndrew Westwood are the juniors of note at the set.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 5

Matthew SmithMaitland ChambersHe is very engaging and knows his subject very well.