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Mathew Purchase KC

"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. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021 and he was nominated for Employment Law Silk of the Year in the 2023 Legal 500 Bar Awards. 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: ‘a brilliant and kind KC’, ‘excellent on every level’ and ‘exceptionally bright and fantastic to work with’.

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 Harpur Trust v Brazel (SC, leave rights of part-year workers), Naeem v Prison Service (SC, indirect discrimination), Steer v Stormsure Ltd (CA, availability of interim relief in discrimination cases), and Kaul v Lord Chief Justice and others (EAT and QBD, alleged judicial bullying and stress at work).

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

"Mathew is a highly experienced counsel. His attention to detail is excellent. He is proficient, highly professional, and empathetic towards clients."

Legal 500, 2024, Education

"Mathew is very precise, strategic and confident. He has acquired large amounts of experience and knows the law." "His pleading was very good and the client was very happy with the representation." "He is thoroughly well prepared and has a good manner with senior judges."

Chambers & Partners, 2024, Education

"He is technically brilliant, calm, charming and very likeable. His advocacy is exemplary. He wins over judges and clients and delivers complicated legal arguments in plain and clear terms."

Legal 500, 2024, Employment

"He provides clear and helpful advice with articulate and impressive advocacy. He is a joy to work with, being extremely approachable and likeable while also being technically astute." "His preparation and advocacy are exceptional. He is also thoughtful and personable, making him a joy to work with." "He is very precise, strategic and confident. I know I am in reliable hands as he knows the law."

Chambers & Partners, 2024, Employment

"Mathew is very approachable and communicative. He is a skilled negotiator." "He is a diligent barrister." "Mathew is a brilliant and kind KC."

Chambers & Partners, 2023, Education

"Mathew is excellent on every level. He is my first choice for complex and challenging cases."""Mathew is exceptionally bright and fantastic to work with. He fights hard whilst remaining calm under pressure." "A tenacious barrister and an expert in the field."

Chambers & Partners, 2023, Employment

"Mathew pays exquisite attention to detail and produces very high quality work at an impressive speed. He advises authoritatively but always remains open to discussions about strategy, with his practical approach consistently delivering great outcomes for his clients."

Legal 500, 2023, Education

"His patient and calm approach and excellent interpersonal skills mean he is a pleasure to work with. He inspires total confidence in witnesses."

Legal 500, 2023, Employment

"Extremely bright and knowledgeable, able to construct a case very well and to understand all angles of a case. Very good to work with, approachable and reliable, and very empathetic."

Legal 500, 2022, Administrative & Public Law (Including Elections)

"Very quick, his advice is clear and accessible for lay clients."

Legal 500, 2022, Education

"An excellent cross-examiner who is always thoroughly well prepared and has a good manner with senior judges." "He is a truly superb professional and is most approachable."

Chambers & Partners, 2022, Education

"He is a real pleasure to work with, he is very diligent, he is measured, he is effective and he is skilful at cross-examination, which is down to his hard work and preparation." "He is very bright, he is very good on his feet and he is very clear in his thinking."

Chambers & Partners, 2022, Employment

“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 2021, Employment

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

Chambers & Partners 2021, Education

“Very intelligent, sympathetic and approachable.”

Legal 500 2020, Education

“He leaves no stone unturned.”

Legal 500 2020, 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 2020, Education

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

Chambers & Partners 2020, Employment

“Very client-friendly and very clever.”

Chambers & Partners 2020, Employment
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Called: 2002
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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
  • Equality and Discrimination Law

Mathew Purchase KC

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. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021 and he was nominated for Employment Law Silk of the Year in the 2023 Legal 500 Bar Awards. 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: ‘a brilliant and kind KC’, ‘excellent on every level’ and ‘exceptionally bright and fantastic to work with’.

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 Harpur Trust v Brazel (SC, leave rights of part-year workers), Naeem v Prison Service (SC, indirect discrimination), Steer v Stormsure Ltd (CA, availability of interim relief in discrimination cases), and Kaul v Lord Chief Justice and others (EAT and QBD, alleged judicial bullying and stress at work).

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

"Mathew is a highly experienced counsel. His attention to detail is excellent. He is proficient, highly professional, and empathetic towards clients."

Legal 500, 2024, Education

"Mathew is very precise, strategic and confident. He has acquired large amounts of experience and knows the law." "His pleading was very good and the client was very happy with the representation." "He is thoroughly well prepared and has a good manner with senior judges."

Chambers & Partners, 2024, Education

"He is technically brilliant, calm, charming and very likeable. His advocacy is exemplary. He wins over judges and clients and delivers complicated legal arguments in plain and clear terms."

Legal 500, 2024, Employment

"He provides clear and helpful advice with articulate and impressive advocacy. He is a joy to work with, being extremely approachable and likeable while also being technically astute." "His preparation and advocacy are exceptional. He is also thoughtful and personable, making him a joy to work with." "He is very precise, strategic and confident. I know I am in reliable hands as he knows the law."

Chambers & Partners, 2024, Employment

"Mathew is very approachable and communicative. He is a skilled negotiator." "He is a diligent barrister." "Mathew is a brilliant and kind KC."

Chambers & Partners, 2023, Education

"Mathew is excellent on every level. He is my first choice for complex and challenging cases."""Mathew is exceptionally bright and fantastic to work with. He fights hard whilst remaining calm under pressure." "A tenacious barrister and an expert in the field."

Chambers & Partners, 2023, Employment

"Mathew pays exquisite attention to detail and produces very high quality work at an impressive speed. He advises authoritatively but always remains open to discussions about strategy, with his practical approach consistently delivering great outcomes for his clients."

Legal 500, 2023, Education

"His patient and calm approach and excellent interpersonal skills mean he is a pleasure to work with. He inspires total confidence in witnesses."

Legal 500, 2023, Employment

"Extremely bright and knowledgeable, able to construct a case very well and to understand all angles of a case. Very good to work with, approachable and reliable, and very empathetic."

Legal 500, 2022, Administrative & Public Law (Including Elections)

"Very quick, his advice is clear and accessible for lay clients."

Legal 500, 2022, Education

"An excellent cross-examiner who is always thoroughly well prepared and has a good manner with senior judges." "He is a truly superb professional and is most approachable."

Chambers & Partners, 2022, Education

"He is a real pleasure to work with, he is very diligent, he is measured, he is effective and he is skilful at cross-examination, which is down to his hard work and preparation." "He is very bright, he is very good on his feet and he is very clear in his thinking."

Chambers & Partners, 2022, Employment

“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 2021, Employment

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

Chambers & Partners 2021, Education

“Very intelligent, sympathetic and approachable.”

Legal 500 2020, Education

“He leaves no stone unturned.”

Legal 500 2020, 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 2020, Education

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

Chambers & Partners 2020, Employment

“Very client-friendly and very clever.”

Chambers & Partners 2020, Employment