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Scott Matthewson - 42 Bedford Row


Scott is a specialist in all aspects of private and public law with a medical flavour.

He is recognised as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners/The Legal 500 in all three of his core areas of practice :

  • Clinical negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Inquests

He also practices in the fields of Judicial Review (mainly relating to prisoners), Professional Negligence (failed clinical negligence of personal injury claims), Professional Discipline (medical) and Court of Protection (serious medical treatment cases).

Scott was appointed to sit as a Recorder (Civil) on the Midland Circuit in January 2022.

He was appointed Assistant Coroner for the for Central and South East Kent, Mid Kent & Medway and North East Kent in 2016.

Scott was elected Bencher of the Inner Temple in 2015.

Scott is an ‘A grade’ advocacy teacher trainer for Inner Temple (the highest grade awarded by the Inns). He has taught advocacy to lawyers in South Africa, Hungary, Poland and at the ICC in the Hague. Scott is the Civil Director of the annual South Eastern Circuit Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford.

Scott was educated at the Perse School, Cambridge, the University of London, the College of Law and the Inns of Court School of Law.

Coroner’s Inquests

Scott has a vast amount of experience relating to inquests and coronial law. He is regularly instructed in Article 2 inquests where death has occurred whilst in prison, police custody, in hospital, whilst under secure escort and whilst in the care of local authorities.

Scott is often instructed in inquests where there is a complex medical issue or in advance of potential clinical negligence cases.

Scott has particular expertise in deaths occurring during the use of physical restraint. He represented the officers in the inquest into the death of Gareth Myatt in 2007 and acted for G4S in the inquest in to the death of Jimmy Mubenga in 2013.

In 2016 Scott was appointed Assistant Coroner for Central & South East Kent, Mid Kent & Medway and North East Kent Areas.

Ranked in UK Bar Chambers 2021     The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms


  • "Scott manages the law and other issues very sensitively. He argues the case very well and impresses with his professionalism."

     "His role as an assistant coroner has really given him a gravitas when acting as counsel in death in custody matters. He can bring that expertise to the forefront. He’s very knowledgeable and has a really good understanding of what the client needs."

     – Chambers and Partners 2021
  • "A special kind of advocate who is immensely bright and articulate. He manages with genuine ease to balance doing a first-class job for clients while demonstrating empathy and understanding to bereaved families." Legal 500 2021
  • “Focuses predominantly on representing private contractors in inquests arising from deaths in prisons. He is also adept at inquest proceedings which involve clinical negligence.” Chambers & Partners 2019
  • "He's a good advocate who takes a very collaborative approach." Chambers & Partners 2019
  • “Superb. He has a brain the size of a planet.” Chambers & Partners 2017
  • “A highly effective cross-examiner.” Chambers & Partners 2017
  • “Really good judgement.” Chambers & Partners 2017

Selected inquests

  • Sandilands Croydon Tram Disaster (May 2021): Instructed by HM Coroner as counsel to the inquiry. Croydon tram derailment which resulted in the death of 7 people and injuries to 62 passengers. Inquest listed to last 3 months.
  • Darren Ashcroft Ashcroft (Jan 2022): Article 2 prison death arising from the stabbing of Darren Ashcroft at HMP Altcourse by a fellow prisoner.
  • Duwayne Vidal (May 2021):
  • Liam Clerkson (Feb 2021): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury. The deceased, who had smuggled drugs into the prison by swallowing a ‘kinder egg’ capsules full of drugs, was found unresponsive in his cell. The main issues are how illicit drugs find their way into prisons and whether resuscitation attempts were adequate.
  • Eugene O’Donnell (Nov 2020): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury. The deceased was found hanging in his cell. The main issues in the case were whether there was adequate monitoring of alcohol withdrawal symptoms once Mr O’Donnell had been transferred to HMP Durham.
  • Mark Smith (Mar 2020): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury.
  • Joshua Scholick (Jan 2020): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury. The deceased was a serving prisoner with personality disorder and psychosis. He had a history of self-harm and drug addiction. He died of an overdose of drugs (including new psychoactive substances or “spice”). The issues at inquest were the ready availability of illicit drugs in prison, whether bullying played a role in death and the quality of mental health services in prison.
  • Stephen Harper (2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury.
  • Amy Allen (Sep 2019): Article 2 death of a 14 year old girl following elective spinal surgery. The hospital team agreed to operate on a 14 year old girl’s kyphosis (deformation of the spine which caused pain, discomfort and would have eventually rendered her wheelchair bound). However, she had Noonan’s Syndrome (which causes heart problems) and pulmonary hypertension (affecting the lungs) which made surgery extremely risky. The risks eventuated and Amy died of sepsis despite ECMO support (a heart and lung bypass).
  • James Hunter (Sep 2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury. The main issue was whether the deceased had died as the result of neglect. The deceased complained to prison and medical staff of feeling unwell after taking a large overdose of illicit drugs. The decision was taken to observe him in prison (rather than call an ambulance). The issue in the case was whether or not the clinical signs and history mandated attendance at hospital.
  • David Waring (Jul 2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury.
  • James Turnbull (Jun 2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury.
  • Robert Chapman (May 2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury.
  • Stephen Quinnell (May 2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury.
  • Stephen Hodgson (Mar 2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury.
  • Scott Page (Feb 2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury.
  • John Collins (Jan 2019): Article 2 prison death sitting with a jury. The deceased was found hanging from a ligature in a cell in which he had been left locked alone while his cellmate attended a medical appointment. The issues in the case were the adequacy of suicide watch, monitoring of bullying and adequacy of mental health care in the prison.
  • Re: Michael Netyks (December 2018): prison death.
  • Re: John Mayhew (November 2018): prison death.
  • Re: David Broome (September 2018): industrial accident.
  • Re: Gareth McCarroll (April 2018): prison death.
  • Re: Darren Humphreys (February 2018): prison death.
  • Re: Craig Hughes (February 2018): prison death.
  • Re: Gary Lines (January 2018): prison death.
  • Re: Stephen Shayler (December 2017): death in custody.
  • Re: Paul Bryan (October 2017): death in custody.
  • Re: Jonathan Palmer (May 2017): death in hospital.
  • Re: Scott Tinsley (April 2017): death in prison.
  • Re: Michael Mazzetti (January 2017): death in custody.
  • Re: Dale Wills (November 2016): prison death.
  • Re: Michelle Barnes (October 2016): prison death.
  • Re: Roy Hoey (October 2016): prison death.
  • Re: John Betteridge (June 2016): prison suicide.
  • Re: Adetokunbo Ajakaiye (May 2016): prison death from malaria contributed to by neglect.
  • Re: Connor Smith: death at HMP Altcourse (2014).
  • Re: Vittorio Miszyzynan (2014): death of 50 year old man at St George’s hospital for unknown reasons – later established to be heart failure caused by uncontrolled hypertension as a result of undiagnosed phaeochromocytoma .
  • Re: Brian Handley (2014): death in HMP Birmingham.
  • Re: Brian Dalrymple (2014): death of an American asylum seeker from aortic dissection whilst detained at an Immigration and Removal Centre.
  • Re: Jimmy Mubenga (2013): death of Angolan national at Heathrow airport whilst being physically restrained during deportation. Download Coroner’s Report, Click here for press coverage.
  • Re: Daniel Liptrot (2012): jury inquest – death of a recovering heroin addict in HMP Rye Hill.
  • Re: Anthony Norton (2012): jury inquest – suicide in HMP Altcourse.
  • Re: Jason Jones (2012): jury inquest – death in HMP Leeds from traumatic cerebral hemorrhage.
  • Re: Muhammad Shukat (2012): jury inquest – death in custody.
  • Re: Michael Sweeney (2012): death in hospital.
  • Re: Peter Murphy (2011): jury inquest – death in HMP Swansea.
  • Re: Emma Draper (2011): death in hospital.
  • Re: Mariusz Lipinski (2010): jury inquest – death in custody.
  • Re: Stephen Halfhide (2010): jury inquest – death in custody.
  • Re: Jonny Riley (2010): jury inquest – death in custody.
  • Re: Abdullah Al-Jaf (2010): jury inquest – suicide shortly after release from custody.
  • Re: Jason Hammerton (2010): jury inquest – death in custody.
  • Re: Raymond Titley (2009) – jury inquest – prison death.
  • Re: Gareth Myatt (2007) – jury inquest into the death of a 15 year old boy who suffered positional asphyxia whilst being physically restrained in a Youth Training Centre. 


News & Events

News & events

Court of Protection Work Recognised in The Times

In a lengthy article in The Times (4th April 2013) the work of both The Official Solicitor and The Court of Protection came under focus. Six recent and significant cases were highlighted concerning this increasingly important area of law. Of the six selected, members of 42 Bedford Row appeared in the first four.

Published: 10th Apr 2013

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