Matthew Bradley is a versatile commercial practitioner, ranked by the legal directories as a leading junior in the fields of commercial disputes, company law, product liability and employment law.
His further specialisms include civil fraud, offshore work, professional negligence, banking & financial services and energy/natural resources litigation. Recognised as a courtroom performer, his extensive experience as sole trial advocate marks him out from other commercial juniors of his level of call. Whilst often pitched against more senior opponents in commercial trials and arbitrations, he is equally at ease working within a team of lawyers in substantial disputes. He has acted in a variety of mediations and other forms of ADR and speaks French, German and Spanish.
Clients have previously described him in the legal directories as:
- “Excellent on paper, tigerish in court”.
- “… a good-natured and good-humoured team player who is robust and confident.”
- “An assassin in cross-examination and clearly bound for the very highest echelons of the Bar”.
The following cases provide a flavour of his most recent practice:
- Palmer Birch v Lloyd & Anr  EWHC 2316 (TCC);  4 WLR 164;  180 ConLR 50;  BLR 722 – successfully representing claimant in trial of economic tort claims (procuring breach of contract, unlawful means conspiracy).
- Acting with Justin Fenwick QC for high net worth individual, resisting application for security for an arbitral award under s.70 of the Arbitration Act 1996 and associated application for worldwide freezing order (Commercial Court, 2018).
- Mortgage Trust Ltd v (1) Willmett (In Liquidation) (2) Smith  EWHC 488 (Ch) – obtaining strike out of breach of trust claim for delay in (or want of) prosecution. Upholding same order on appeal.
- Advising on jurisdiction challenge under Brussels Recast Regulation.
- Acting for foreign company in LCIA arbitration involving EPC/O&M contracts in the solar energy industry.
- Pilgrim Rock Ltd v Iwaniuk  1 WLUK 106; LTL 17/1/2019 – appearing for successful respondent in appeal against decision in an unfair relationship challenge under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 in which the trial judge re-wrote a loan agreement, relieving Matthew’s client of some £1.3m in interest (decision below reported at  GCCR 15027).
- Multi-Jurisdictional trusts dispute re BVI/Cayman/Curaçao companies: acting in multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning the assets of companies holding assets of various trusts, totalling many millions. Questions of foreign law and issues of fraud, conspiracy, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt & double derivative actions.
- Kupeli & others v (1) Kibris Turk Hava Yollari Sirketi (2) Atlasjet Havacilik Anonim Sirketi  EWHC 930 (QB),  4 Costs LR 747 – representing 837 claimant passengers in a trial of 10 test claims against a Turkish airline, seeking damages for the airline’s failure to fly them. Appeared in costs appeal in Court of Appeal, reported at  4 All ER 434.
- Potts v USthree Group Holdings Limited (High Court, Insolvency & Companies List) – shareholder dispute: allegations of fraud; battle for control of the company; application for restoration to the register of members; rectification of articles of association; relief under s.994 of the Companies Act.
- Combination Hip Prosthesis Litigation – Defending various consultant surgeons alleged to have become a “producer” of metal-on-metal hip implants within the meaning of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 by reason of having combined component parts from different manufacturers. Successfully resisting an application for a reference to the ECJ.