Matthew Paton > Chambers of Penelope Reed > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Penelope Reed
5 Stone Buildings
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Matthew has a wide practice encompassing all aspects of traditional and commercial chancery with a particular focus on litigation in the areas of trust and probate, related company matters, insolvency (particularly cross-border issues), and civil fraud. He regularly appears in the county and higher courts.

Matthew is also ranked as a Leading Individual in Offshore (Legal 500). He has appeared in the courts of a number of offshore jurisdictions including the Privy Council. As well as being called to the Bahamas Bar, Matthew frequently advises in matters arising from all of the principal offshore jurisdictions, including BVI, Bermuda, Cayman, the Channel Islands, and more recently St Kitts & Nevis. He has also acted as an expert on Bahamian law in the English and US courts.

As well as acting as sole counsel Matthew has significant experience and welcomes being instructed as part of a larger team.


Matthew was called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Bahamas Bar in 2005.



Member of Honourable Society of Inner Temple; Ad eundem Member of the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn; The Bahamas Bar Association; The Chancery Bar Association; STEP (TEP)


Radley College, (Oxon); Bristol University (PhilPol 2:1); BPP: Securities Institute Certificate; Investment Management Certificate; College of Law (London) PgDL (commendation); Inns of Court School of Law, London – BVC (very competent) 

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Matthew Paton5 Stone BuildingsHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of Bahamian trust law – very persuasive oral communication skills and excellent drafting skills.

Praised for its work trusts and financial remedy cases, 5 Stone Buildings has a small but strong team of members dedicated to offshore work. Shân Warnock-Smith KC continues to be involved in major trust and estate cases across the Caribbean, while Penelope Reed KC specialises in trusts, wills, probate and related tax issues, and is acting for the latter party in the long-running Hayward v Bloom and others trusts dispute before the Grand Court of the Bahamas, concerning the estate of the former Wolverhampton Wanderers owner. On the junior side, Matthew Paton remains involved in complex litigation in the Bahamas, and Jordan Holland is noted for his Channel Island practice.


London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Matthew Paton5 Stone BuildingsHe has enormous experience of conducting difficult trust litigation as an advocate and solicitor. He is an excellent tactician and fights extremely hard for his client.