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Matthew Hooper

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Matthew Hooper - Deans Court Chambers

Education

  • LLB Law, University of Leeds, 2:1
  • Bar Professional Training Course, MMU, Very Competent (79%)

Appointments

  • Northern Circuit Representative for the Personal Injuries Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Northern Circuit
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

Awards

  • Godfrey Heilpern Memorial Prize (Middle Temple scholarship)
  • Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship nomination, for attaining the sixth highest overall mark on the BPTC
  • St. James’ Chambers Prize for Excellence in Advocacy, for achieving the highest mark on the BPTC in both civil and criminal advocacy

Profile

Prior to commencing a mixed common law pupillage in 2013, Matthew worked as a paralegal in the personal injury department of a large law firm in Manchester where he assisted in the day-to-day running of cases, particularly within the fields of Public Liability and Employers’ Liability claims. This provided Matthew with a first-hand insight into the needs and expectations of instructing solicitors.

After completing pupillage in 2014, Matthew enjoyed a busy practice in both civil and criminal litigation, which afforded an invaluable opportunity to develop his skills of advocacy within both jurisdictions, making him a well-rounded advocate.

Since 2016, Matthew has practised solely in civil litigation, with a particular focus on personal injury work. He accepts instructions for both claimants and defendants in respect of cases allocated to the fast track and multi-track. His current practice comprises Stage 3 / disposal hearings, interim applications, regular fast track trials, costs and case management conferences, multi-track trials and appeals.

Matthew has developed a busy paperwork practice and welcomes instructions to draft pleadings and advise on fast track and multi-track cases.

Notable Cases

  • Rhodes v Drainage Consultants Limited – 16th April 2021

    Representing the Defendant in a claim brought by an ex-employee for damages arising from an alleged accident at work. Successfully opposed application on the morning of trial to include a claim for handicap on the open labour market and to increase the value of the claim from £15,000 to £30,000. The Claim was subsequently dismissed with a finding of fundamental dishonesty. HHJ Bird sitting in the County Court at Manchester found that the alleged accident did not occur and that the Claimant had ‘deliberately set out to create a claim when he knew there was not one.’

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