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Scott Matthewson

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"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 also sits on the Education Committee of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy.

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.

Court of Protection

Scott has appeared in a large number of Court of Protection cases before High Court Judges sitting as Court of Protection Judges in the Royal Courts of Justice.

Scott is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor, NHS Trusts and local authorities in cases involving ‘serious medical treatment’ of those who are mentally ill, in a permanent vegetative state or otherwise lack capacity to make decisions about their medical treatment.

Ranked in UK Bar Chambers 2021     Legal 500 logo

Selected High Court cases

  • A Hospital Trust v HB (2018) – Newton J: Whether a 61 year old with significant cortical dysfunction and probable PVS following cardiac arrest should be actively treated.
  • EJW v University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (2016) – Roderic Wood J: Whether an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease should be provided with artificial nutrition and hydration.
  • CD v A Mental Health Trust [2015] EWCOP 74 – Mostyn J: whether it is in the best interests of a 43 year old paranoid schizophrenic to have a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove possibly cancerous (and very large) ovarian growths which gave her the appearance of a heavily pregnant woman.
  • FC v (1) Kent County Council (2) Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (2015): whether the court should force a mentally ill and violent lady living in the community to have treatment for diabetes against her will.
  • AH v (1) Kent County Council (2) Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (2015) – Peter Jackson J: Elderly man looked after by his wife at home who developed extremely serious and infected bed sores. Whether it was in his best interests to be removed from his home and cared for in a hospital against his own wishes and against those of his wife.
  • Campbell v An NHS Trust (2014) – Cobb J: whether a young father in a persistent vegetative state should have life-sustaining treatment. Click here for press coverage
  • Re: JH (2014) – Holman J: whether an incapable elderly lady with schizophrenia should be forced to have treatment for cancer against her will.
  • An NHS Trust v P [2013] EWHC 50 (COP) – Hedley J: whether a young woman with sickle cell disease and severe learning difficulties had capacity to decide whether her pregnancy should continue. Click here for press coverageClick here for further press coverage
  • An NHS Trust v E (2012) – Hogg J: whether a 38 year old lady with learning difficulties, ADHD and autism should be forced to have a Caesarian section.
  • A PCT v B (2012) – Roderic Wood J: whether it was the best interests of a woman to have artificial nutrition and hydration withdrawn in circumstances where her level of unconsciousness was unclear (emergency application).
  • An NHS Trust v L (2012) – Ryder J: whether a young woman suffering from anorexia had capacity to decide whether to accept artificial nutrition (emergency application).
  • Re KA (2011) – Baker J: restraint and treatment of mentally ill patient for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Re SB (2010) – Hogg J: restraint and treatment of mentally ill patient for aplastic anaemia.


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     Legal 500


  • "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

  • 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. 


Judicial Review

Scott has a busy judicial review practice focusing on decisions made by coroners, those operating prisons, local authorities and NHS Trusts.

Selected cases

Court of Appeal

  • R (James) v Birmingham Prison & ors [2015] EWCA Civ 58 – Arden LJ, Beatson LJ & Gloster LJ: Lawtel – whether civil contemnors who were committed to prison were entitled to have time spent on remand deducted from their sentence.
  • R (Smith) v Secretary of State for Justice and others [2014] EWCA Civ 380 – whether forcing a non-smoking prisoner to share with a smoking prisoner could amount to a breach of Article 8 and/or 14 ECHR (application for permission to the Supreme Court).
  • R (TH) v East Sussex County Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1027 – LJJ Lloyd, Jackson & Ryder.

Admin Court

  • R (Kashyap) v SSHD & ors (2014) – Leggatt J: whether requiring a prisoner to wear handcuffs at a Hindu funeral constituted a breach of ECHR Arts 3, 8 & 9.
  • Smith v SSHD and ors (2013) – Mostyn J: whether forcing a non-smoking prisoner to share with a smoking prisoner could amount to a breach of Article 8 and/or 14 ECHR.
  • Re J (2009) – Sir Christopher Holland: age assessment.

Personal Injury

Scott is head of the Personal Injury Team at 42 Bedford Row, and a well-known specialist in the field of personal injury. He has many years’ experience of dealing with all types of multi-track personal injury cases.

Many of the cases Scott deals with are complex and/or involve brain injury, spinal injuries, amputation or fatalities.


  • "Approachable and friendly. He is firm but charming in equal measure.”
    "He provides an excellent service to his clients."  – Chambers and Partners 2021
  • "He is able to chair conferences with clients and experts in such a way that the experts are in no doubt as to his technical expertise, and the clients feel included and able to understand the issues being discussed." Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • "He demonstrates great in-depth knowledge and understanding of cases." Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • Receives instructions in high-value fatal accident and catastrophic injury cases for an even split of defendant and claimant solicitors. He has experience in high-profile public liability litigation, often involving the armed forces or the police, and in complex RTAs, with specific expertise in motorcycle accidents.” Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • He is well regarded for his ability to establish liability and assess quantum.” Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • He’s incredible in terms of knowledge and experience.” Chambers & Partners 2017
  • He’s very good, very personable and has a lovely manner with clients. He’s an excellent advocate.” Chambers & Partners 2017
  • Extremely diligent with a profoundly strong knowledge of statute and common law.” Chambers & Partners 2017
  • He has a good manner with clients and quickly gets on top of the issues.” Legal 500 2017
  • "Has a deep knowledge of catastrophic and fatal personal injury claims. He is an expert in medical law and is frequently instructed on cases concerning psychiatric injuries.” – Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • He is a superb and very effective advocate with a thorough understanding of the legal issues relating to catastrophic injuries.”- Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • He is brilliant with fatal cases. He is very good at focusing in on what you need to be focusing in on.”- Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • The first port of call in unusual or difficult cases.’ – The Legal 500, 2016
  • Noted for the depth of his knowledge of medical law, he has a thriving personal injury practice. He is particularly well known for his performances in psychiatric and neurological injury cases…He’s just so technically amazing and a real fighter – if he says he will do a case for you, he’ll see it through to the end. He’s won some really, really difficult cases for me.” Chambers & Partners, 2015
  • Charming and bright; a very safe and confidence-inspiring counsel.” – The Legal 500, 2014
  • Widely recognised as being expert in a variety of highly complex areas of personal injury litigation, including brain injury claims and fatalities…. He knows his cases very well when it comes to conference and adopts a practical approach. He’s also charming.” Chambers & Partners, 2014

Ranked in UK Bar Chambers 2021     Legal 500 logo

Selected cases

Court of appeal

  • Smith v Youth Justice Board for England and Wales & anor [2010] EWCA Civ 99 – LJJ Laws, Sedley & Patten. Download Judgement

High court

  • Dainty v Geo Amey Pecs Ltd (current) - attempted suicide by hanging whilst in custody. Claimant was rescued before he died but has been left with permanent and severe brain damage.
  • SS v Choudhury (current): High value brain injury case involving a 9½ year old boy who ran into the road whilst playing outside his house.
  • Renton v G4S (current): complex brain injury case. Inmate attacked an officer who was supervising a football match within the prison grounds.
  • Jeffs v Gates (2017): brain injury claimant who was knocked off her cycle and suffered several fractures to her skull and significant bleeding in the brain. She was left with cognitive deficits in comprehending, processing and recalling language, memory and concentration.
  • JKL v MOJ (2017) – multiple assaults on a prison officer by prisoners during restraint leading to accumulative brain injury and inability to work again. Settled for the equivalent of £3.8M.
  • Russo v Bandtock (2016): Relatively minor RTA causing soft tissue injuries in a 13 year old leading to treatment-resistant fibromyalgia and long-term inability to work. Pleaded claim in excess of £2.1M.
  • Taylor v Allianz Insurance (2016): High value brain injury case arising out of a scooter accident in Spain. Complicated jurisdiction issues (under Brussels I and Rome IV) and complex quantum issues (failing business partnership as a result of cognitive deficits caused by the accident).
  • Murphy v MOJ [2016] EWHC 3 (QB)Lawtel – Claim by a former soldier who developed a chronic widespread pain condition as a result of an accident which occurred while he was serving as a paratrooper in Afghanistan.
  • Kambana v G4S (2015): Fatal accident claim arising from the death of Jimmy Mubenga whilst being restrained during deportation.
  • Langguth v Grimes (2015): High value fatal accident claim arising out of a motorcycle accident resulting in the death of a City financial worker. Pleaded claim of £740,000.
  • Keating v G4S (2014) – alleged battery of a prisoner by prison custody officers.
  • Campbell v MOJ (2014) – multiple assaults on a prison officer by prisoners during restraint leading to accumulative brain injury and inability to work again.
  • C v W (QBD, 2011): brain injury following road traffic accident, settled for lump sum and PPO equivalent to £3.7M, led by Frank Burton QC.
  • Mpemba v Barking, Havering & Redbridge NHS Trust (2010) – Cox J.
  • Young v Kent County Council (quantum) (2009) – Penry-Davy J.
  • Young v Kent County Council [2005] EWHC 1342 (QB) – Morison J: brain injury to a trespassing schoolboy, claim brought under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984 (considered in Keown v Coventry Healthcare NHS Trust [2006] EWCA Civ 39). Download Judgement
  • 24seven Utility Services Ltd v Rosekey Ltd & ors [2003] EWHC 3415 (QB), [2004] All ER 288 – whether an action in tort can be assigned. Download Judgement

News & events


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.

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