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Scott Matthewson

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email scott.matthewson@42br.com

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Introduction

"Approachable and friendly. He is firm but charming in equal measure.”
"He provides an excellent service to his clients." – Chambers and Partners 2021

"Counsel is amazing in conference with clients and experts alike, able to explain the legalese to them and to draw from the experts the key information required." Legal 500 2021

Ranked in UK Bar Chambers 2021     Legal 500

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 elected Bencher of the Inner Temple in 2015.

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

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. He lives in Kent with his wife and their four children.

Professional Negligence

Scott’s professional negligence practice centres on the liability of solicitors, often in relation to failed clinical negligence and personal injury cases, but he also acts in cases where professional negligence has led to physical or psychiatric harm.

Selected cases

Court of Appeal:

  • McLaughlin v Hodge Jones & Allen (2013) LTL 11/12/13 – LJJ Hallett & Sullivan and Arnold J.

High Court:

  • W & ors v Bradford Metroplitan District Council (2016): negligent failure of local authority social services department to take children into care thereby exposing the children to unnecessary sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
  • Z & ors v Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (2013): negligent failure of local authority social services department to take children into care thereby exposing the children to unnecessary sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Settled and approved.
  • Hodge Jones & Allen v McLaughlin [2011] EWHC 2402 (QB): solicitors’ negligence case relating to the enforceability of English orders under Brussels II revised. Download Judgement
  • McCracken v Tsubara (QBD, 2009) – alleged solicitors’ fraud.

 

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.

10th April 2013 Read more