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Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC

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7 STONE BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3SZ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7406 1200
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Fax 020 7406 1300
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326 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.maitlandchambers.com
Maitland Chambers (Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC), Matthew Smith, London, ENGLAND

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Matthew Smith

Tel:
Work 020 7406 1200
Email:
Maitland Chambers (Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC)

Position

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.

Career

Qualified 2001; Inner Temple.

Member

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

Education

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


London Bar

Charities

Within: Leading Juniors

Matthew Smith - Maitland ChambersHis advocacy is top notch and he is charming to judges.

Within: Charities

Maitland Chambers has 'a good reputation in charity law – particularly under Christopher McCall QC’s tenure'; clients say it is a ‘quality set with a good reputation in charity law.’ Much of the members' work is appellate and relates to religious charities litigation, as well as advising on challenges to the Charity Commission. Recent highlights include Matthew Smith acting in an appeal against the commission relating to the appointment of interim managers over charities connected with private schools.

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Insolvency

Within: Leading Juniors

Matthew Smith - Maitland ChambersPragmatic and commercial in terms of in terms of advice and approach, not gung-ho.

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