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Mathew Purchase QC

"Very thorough and extremely clever. His attention to detail is like no other."

Chambers & Partners 2016
Called: 2002 | Silk: 2021

Mathew’s practice includes all aspects of employment law, discrimination law, public law and human rights and civil liberties. Previously a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021. He is an active member of Advocate and ELAAS. He is recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, which have described him as: ‘extremely intelligent’, ‘just superb – smooth, engaging and perfectly pitched’, and ‘technically brilliant and good on his feet’.

Mathew has broad experience in public law and human rights, including community care, education, housing and election law, from early advisory work to judicial review. Mathew has a strong interest in all aspects of education law and acts for parents/children, local authorities and schools at all levels. He has appeared in many judicial review claims, including R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (SC, employment tribunal fees), R (Torbay Quality Care Forum) v Torbay Council (CA, care home fees), R (Forge Care) v Welsh Local Health Boards (CA, NHS nursing responsibilities), , R (Just Childcare Ltd) v Ofsted (QBD, early years inspections), and R (Davis) v West Sussex Council (QBD, safeguarding of vulnerable adults).

Mathew has a busy and varied employment law practice, acting for individual claimants, employers, and trade unions at all levels of the judicial hierarchy. Significant recent cases include Naeem v Prison Service (SC, indirect discrimination), Harpur Trust v Brazel (CA, leave rights of part-year workers), Secretary of State v Parry (CA, lawfulness of ET Rules), and Sparks v Department of Transport (CA, incorporation of terms).

He regularly gives talks and seminars on a number of matters, including discrimination, employment and education issues.

Mathew is a Recorder and is assigned to the Family Court. He is also an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.

Contributing editor of Clayton and Tomlinson, The Law on Human Rights (OUP, 2nd ed)

Contributor to Simor, Human Rights Practice (Sweet & Maxwell)

Contributor to Burton, Civil Appeals (Sweet & Maxwell)

‘Legitimate expectations’, ‘Disability discrimination’, ‘Misfeasance in public office’ and ‘Proportionality: what does it mean and when does it need to be applied?’ at www.practicallaw.com

Practice notes on judicial review and legal professional privilege on LexisNexis

BVC, Outstanding

Inns of Court School of Law (2001-2002)

CPE, Distinction

City University (2000-2001)

BA (Oxon), Modern History, First class

St Anne’s College, Oxford (1997-2000)

Employment Lawyers Association

Industrial Law Society

Employment Law Bar Association

Administrative Law Bar Association

Human Rights Lawyers Association

Mathew is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Mathew needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Mathew’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

Mathew is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

“His cross-examination skills are fantastic and he’s an extremely cleve lawyer who has great attention to detail and the ability to spot things that others have missed.” “An exceptional junior who is very precise and very easy to get on with. His pleadings are very clear and his responses are well thought through.”

Chambers & Partners 2020, Employment

“An excellent cross-examiner. He is always thoroughly well prepared and has a good manner with senior judges.”

Chambers & Partners 2020, Education

“Very intelligent, sympathetic and approachable.”

Legal 500 2019, Education

“He leaves no stone unturned.”

Legal 500 2019, Administrative and public law

“His ability to review and get to grips with a large number of detailed documents quickly is very impressive.”

Chambers & Partners 2019, Education

“He has an excellent eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned. A joy to work with.”

Chambers & Partners 2019, Employment

“Very client-friendly and very clever.”

Chambers & Partners 2019, Employment
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Called: 2002 | Silk: 2021

"Very thorough and extremely clever. His attention to detail is like no other."

Chambers & Partners 2016

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Community Care Law
  • Discrimination and Equality
  • Education Law
  • Election Law
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Injunctions
  • Mediation
  • Police Law
  • Public Law
  • Health and Social Care (including welfare benefits)
  • Commercial Public Law

Mathew Purchase QC

Contact Mathew: mathewpurchase@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Mathew's Practice Team (Team M): TeamM@matrixlaw.co.uk


Mathew’s practice includes all aspects of employment law, discrimination law, public law and human rights and civil liberties. Previously a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021. He is an active member of Advocate and ELAAS. He is recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, which have described him as: ‘extremely intelligent’, ‘just superb – smooth, engaging and perfectly pitched’, and ‘technically brilliant and good on his feet’.

Mathew has broad experience in public law and human rights, including community care, education, housing and election law, from early advisory work to judicial review. Mathew has a strong interest in all aspects of education law and acts for parents/children, local authorities and schools at all levels. He has appeared in many judicial review claims, including R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (SC, employment tribunal fees), R (Torbay Quality Care Forum) v Torbay Council (CA, care home fees), R (Forge Care) v Welsh Local Health Boards (CA, NHS nursing responsibilities), , R (Just Childcare Ltd) v Ofsted (QBD, early years inspections), and R (Davis) v West Sussex Council (QBD, safeguarding of vulnerable adults).

Mathew has a busy and varied employment law practice, acting for individual claimants, employers, and trade unions at all levels of the judicial hierarchy. Significant recent cases include Naeem v Prison Service (SC, indirect discrimination), Harpur Trust v Brazel (CA, leave rights of part-year workers), Secretary of State v Parry (CA, lawfulness of ET Rules), and Sparks v Department of Transport (CA, incorporation of terms).

He regularly gives talks and seminars on a number of matters, including discrimination, employment and education issues.

Mathew is a Recorder and is assigned to the Family Court. He is also an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.

Publications

Contributing editor of Clayton and Tomlinson, The Law on Human Rights (OUP, 2nd ed) Contributor to Simor, Human Rights Practice (Sweet & Maxwell) Contributor to Burton, Civil Appeals (Sweet & Maxwell) ‘Legitimate expectations’, ‘Disability discrimination’, ‘Misfeasance in public office’ and ‘Proportionality: what does it mean and when does it need to be applied?’ at www.practicallaw.com Practice notes on judicial review and legal professional privilege on LexisNexis

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

BVC, Outstanding Inns of Court School of Law (2001-2002) CPE, Distinction City University (2000-2001) BA (Oxon), Modern History, First class St Anne’s College, Oxford (1997-2000) Employment Lawyers Association Industrial Law Society Employment Law Bar Association Administrative Law Bar Association Human Rights Lawyers Association
Mathew's Privacy Notice

Mathew is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Mathew needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Mathew’s privacy notice in full, please see here.


DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

“His cross-examination skills are fantastic and he’s an extremely cleve lawyer who has great attention to detail and the ability to spot things that others have missed.” “An exceptional junior who is very precise and very easy to get on with. His pleadings are very clear and his responses are well thought through.”

Chambers & Partners 2020, Employment

“An excellent cross-examiner. He is always thoroughly well prepared and has a good manner with senior judges.”

Chambers & Partners 2020, Education

“Very intelligent, sympathetic and approachable.”

Legal 500 2019, Education

“He leaves no stone unturned.”

Legal 500 2019, Administrative and public law

“His ability to review and get to grips with a large number of detailed documents quickly is very impressive.”

Chambers & Partners 2019, Education

“He has an excellent eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned. A joy to work with.”

Chambers & Partners 2019, Employment

“Very client-friendly and very clever.”

Chambers & Partners 2019, Employment