Raworths LLP
Matthew Hill Matthew Hill

Matthew HillHead of Dispute Resolution

Matthew Hill

Contact Details

DDI: 01423 724611
M: 07590 021148
E: matthew.hill@raworths.co.uk

Background

Born: The Lake District
Educated: Keswick School, Lancaster University (LLB (Hons)) and the College of Law (Chester)
Joined Raworths: September 2006

Director of the Harrogate International Centre
Member of the Agricultural Law Association
Member of the Property Litigation Association
Member of Raworths’ Agriculture and Rural Group

Provides “commercially drive advice” combined with “a knowledgeable and professional manner with a personable attitude”

The UK Legal 500 Guide 2017

Matt is an extremely experienced dispute resolution solicitor specialising in complex commercial claims and property related disputes. Whilst these work areas dominate Matt’s practice he has also developed considerable expertise in resolving rural and agricultural disputes.

Examples of cases Matt has dealt with include:

 

Commercial disputes:

  • Acting for a national drinks manufacturer in respect of a complex claim relating to the ownership of the business.
  • Advising a major food manufacturer in connection with applying to the court for declaratory relief and an application under Section 125 of the Companies Act 2006 for rectification of the Companies’ Register.
  • Advising a veterinary practice regarding professional negligence claims against their former and current accountants regarding their failure to identify a substantial fraud committed by a former employee.
  • Acting for a national planning consultancy business regarding a substantial contractual claim to recover unpaid professional fees.
  • Acting for a number of commercial water resellers regarding contractual disputes with both end users and national water companies.
  • Acting for various clients in respect of very high value contractual disputes with major UK airports.
  • Acting for a multi academy educational trust in connection with a high value contractual dispute with a company providing external project management and infrastructure services.
  • Acting for a company in respect of allegedly defamatory comments published online out of the jurisdiction.
  • Acting for an individual on the enforcement of a Judgment in the United States of America.
  • Acting for the Defendants in High Court proceedings brought by the professional trustees of a high value will trust relating to the alleged mismanagement and overcharging by the professional trustees.
  • Acting for an international specialist oil and coolant supplier and manufacturer in a dispute with a foreign based supplier.
  • Acting for an international manufacturer and supplier of luxury well being products in a contractual dispute with a former customer.
  • Advising a significant agricultural organisation on director’s duties and statutory obligations.
  • Acting for a national window / door manufacturer and installer in high value contractual claims.
  • Acting for a group of private hospitals in the south east of England in a high value claim against a local authority
  • Acting for a Dutch Company in respect of a contractual dispute relating to the purchase of a crane
  • Acting for a large Scottish supplier of mushrooms in a contractual dispute relating to the supply of defective compost and associated losses.
  • Acting against a Spanish company in a high value contractual claim.

 

Property disputes:

  • Acting for Defendants in complex litigation against their neighbours regarding claimed water rights over their land.
  • Advising a substantial property holding company in respect of adverse possession issues and Bona Vacantia property.
  • Advising the owners of a residential property on the enforceability of a complicated restrictive covenant over neighbouring land on which a development was planned.
  • Acting for the tenant of commercial premises in a factually complex and high value dispute with the landlord of the premises regarding its occupation and the consumption of utilities at the premises.
  • Advising a local authority in connection with one of its tenants and its options to determine the lease to allow the council to re-develop the land.
  • Acting for a property development company in respect of the early termination of an option agreement.
  • Acting for a large institutional landlord to bring urgent proceedings against trespassers to ensure their eviction.
  • Acting for a landlord in a high value lease dilapidations claim.
  • Acting for a commercial lender in proceedings to realise its security held over commercial premises.
  • Advising a membership organisation in connection with a substantial and highly complex dispute with its foreign institutional landlords concerning the service charge payable for its premises. This dispute has involved multiple sets of court proceedings and an expert determination.
  • Representing a food manufacturer in a high value contractual dispute with the Administrators of its now insolvent former main building contractor.
  • Acting for a substantial institutional landlord in contested commercial lease renewal proceedings against one of their tenants.
  • Acting for a number of landed estates in connection with various defended residential possession proceedings.
  • Acting for the abortive purchaser in a claim for none payment of the deposit in respect of a very high value residential property.

 

Rural and Agricultural disputes:

  • Acting for a substantial agricultural property owner in connection with a dispute with the owner of a neighbouring farm regarding a right of way.
  • Acting for the partner in a substantial North Yorkshire farming business in respect of a dispute with his partner.
  • Advising a farming business in recovering a tied cottage from a former farm employee.
  • Acting for the owners of a substantial working arable farm in a long running and complex dispute with a neighbouring farm relating to trespass and rights of way.
  • Acting for a stud and livery business in a claim against the owner of a neighbouring property for damages and injunctive relief following interference with an express right of way to their business premises.

 

Insolvency based cases:

  • Acting for the Official Solicitor in a claim to annul a bankruptcy Order made against a mentally incapable individual.
  • Acting for a Trustee in Bankruptcy in an application for an order for sale of a property.
  • Acting for a pension fund in an application to the High Court for an Administration Order in respect of a member of the scheme which owed millions of pounds to the fund.
  • Acting for a Trustee in Bankruptcy advising on the recovery of a property transferred by a bankrupt at an undervalue.
  • Acting for an insolvency practitioner in respect of a retention of title issue.
  • Acting for a petitioning creditors in winding up proceeding.
Why did you choose dispute resolution as an area of law to specialise in?

I like dispute resolution because virtually every case I deal with is different and I enjoy the challenge that comes with that. This can mean that I often have to become an overnight expert on a subject.  It might be mushroom compost one day and pension fund rules the next. It makes the job interesting.

What is the most frequent problem you deal with for property clients?

Property disputes can be very varied. Issues relating to commercial leases frequently crop up, particularly in respect of renewal or dilapidation claims. Rights of way and boundaries can also cause significant problems.

What other roles do you have at Raworths

In addition to my client facing role, I also play an active part in the firm’s practice development activities and as part of that I contribute to the firm’s social media content. I have also been involved in the setting up and running of Future Harrogate, a networking group for up and coming professionals in the area.

Do you believe in mediation as an effective means of resolve disputes?

Mediation can be very valuable weapon in the Dispute Resolution lawyer’s armory. I have seen some very good results achieved during a mediation but, from my experience, it only tends to work once all parties are serious about resolving a dispute. I often find that it is only the threat of litigation which makes an uncooperative party come to the table.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping clients resolve what sometimes seem like insurmountable problems. It is fantastic when you build a good relationship with a client as working in a genuine partnership on a case always leads to a better outcome.

What is the most exciting case you have dealt with?

Many cases have their exciting moments, but my most memorable would be attending the property of a bankrupt to have him arrested by the court’s bailiff because he had not cooperated with his trustee. He spent a short time serving at her majesty’s pleasure until he decided to cooperate.

What interests do you have outside work?

My wife and I have a young family which seem to take up most of my time at the moment. I am also very interested in politics and I am a member of Harrogate Borough Council, representing Pannal Ward. I enjoy food and wine and walking my dog. I also enjoy travelling and visiting new places in the little free time I have left!

 

Provides “commercially drive advice” combined with “a knowledgeable and professional manner with a personable attitude”.

The UK Legal 500 Guide 2017

 

“I have had quite a few terrible experiences with law firms and was genuinely of the belief that all firms were outdated, expensive, intimidating and something to be actively avoided at all costs. That was until I met Matt and the rest of the team at Raworths. The experience was a genuine breath of fresh air. I didn’t feel hurried or intimidated, I felt liked he cared, listened and truly wanted to help. The advice he gave was extremely well thought out, timely and completely sound and when working with Matt I felt like I could call and ask questions at any time without the “clock ticking”. Raworths are incredibly progressive as a company and I now actively seek out their advice. I can’t recommend Matt and the rest of the team highly enough.”

Jane Rutter, Managing Director of Zeal

 

“Matt has acted for a number of our companies over the years, often on complicated and long running matters. He has always provided a First Class service. Not only does he know the law and what tactics to adopt, but he also takes the time to understand our business and exactly what it is that we are wanting to achieve. We trust Matt’s advice completely. He is totally approachable, friendly and professional but a force to be reckoned with when dealing with the other side. You feel you are in very safe hands. We would have no hesitation in recommending Matt.”

Ray and Jayne Averre – Avrox Technologies Limited

 

“Matthew advised us on a complex contractual dispute relating to a distribution agreement and subsequent settlement that was effectively spread over 2 different legal jurisdictions. Throughout the process, Matthew and his colleagues were a pleasure to deal with and were always capable of explaining the situation in terms I could understand and react to. At each stage of the process I felt confident that I was suitably informed to make the best decision for my business.”

James Byrom, Environmental Technologies Group Limited

 

“Although a relentless and determined negotiator, Matthew Hill is warm, personable and a good listener. When advising me, he constantly looks at the bigger picture, factoring in my circumstances sensitively and with a calmness which is invaluable when dealing with a very emotionally charged case. His intricate knowledge of property law is clear and yet he always takes the time to render it more understandable to the non-lawyer. He has never been less than utterly professional in all my time as his client.”

Ms Joanna Carolan, London

 

“Due to the diverse nature of Adler and Allan’s business interests, and the number of people it employs across 20 sites in the UK and Ireland, the need for litigation representation and support arises regularly and as such we seek to obtain the most appropriate, accurate and effective professional advice available. Over the years I have worked with Matthew Hill on a wide variety of legal issues. Matthew has always provided excellent and concise litigation advice, each time achieving success. Matthew’s ongoing support for the business is less than that of outside counsel, but more of a colleague who takes personal ownership of the issue and understands the Company’s culture. I have always had full confidence in the excellent professional service Matthew provides.”

Mr P Cunliffe, Adler and Allan Limited (Specialists in the oil and environmental services industry) 

 

“We would highly recommend Matthew Hill having recently instructed him on a construction dispute. His expert legal and practical advice removed a lot of the stress and worry from the situation. His professional approach was both timely and effective, allowing us to achieve a successful outcome. Our overall experience was extremely positive.”

Matthew and Catherine Lill

 

“Matthew was excellent when he acted for me in a dispute with the my now former farming partner. The legal issues in the case were complex as was the long history of the dispute. Throughout the case, we worked together as a team and ultimately achieved an excellent outcome. Matthew’s understanding of agricultural issues was clear from the start which made a real difference in achieving the result we did. Matthew has since advised me on a wide range of issues regarding the farming business and I trust his judgment completely. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.”

Mr Chris Watson, Horton Pasture Farm, Skipton