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Matthew HillHead of Dispute Resolution

Matthew Hill

Contact Details

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

Expertise

Matt leads Raworths’ independently recognised team of dispute resolution lawyers and has over 13 years’ experience as a specialist dispute resolution practitioner.

Matt acts for a wide range of private and commercial clients across various sectors including large institutional landlords, commercial landlords and tenants, landed estates, trustees, charities, membership organisations, high net worth individuals and SMEs/owner managed business. His clients are based locally, nationally and outside the United Kingdom.

Whilst Matt has a broad range of experience with contentious work he specialises in working with clients who have commercial and property related disputes. He also has developed considerable expertise in resolving complex rural and agricultural disputes. He has a highly practical, straightforward approach and works closely with clients to achieve their objectives and to get them the best outcomes possible.

Other professional experience

Head of Dispute Resolution
Member of the Property Litigation Association
Member of the Agricultural Law Association
Ranked as a notable practitioner (Litigation) in the Chambers UK 2019 Guide in the Yorkshire region
Recommended across three areas of practice, Commercial Litigation, Property Litigation and Agriculture & Estates in the 2018 UK Legal 500 guide

Background

Joined Raworths: 2006
Educated: Keswick School, Lancaster University (LLB (Hons)) and the College of Law (Chester)
Born: The Lake District
Qualified as a Solicitor: 2005

…is always responsive and his advice is clear and easy to follow.

Chambers UK Guide 2020 (Commercial Litigation)

Examples of cases Matt has dealt with include:

Commercial disputes

Acting for:

  • A scientific consultancy business in defending a high value and complex claim relating to work carried out in the development of a pharmaceutical product
  • A high profile individual in respect of defamatory comments published on social media
  • A digital creative agency in respect of a contractual dispute with a former client
  • A national drinks manufacturer in respect of a complex claim relating to the ownership of the business
  • 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
  • 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
  • A group of private hospitals in the south east of England in a high value claim against a local authority
  • A national planning consultancy business regarding a substantial contractual claim to recover unpaid professional fees
  • A number of commercial water resellers regarding contractual disputes with both end users and national water companies
  • Various clients in respect of very high value contractual disputes with major UK airports
  • A multi academy educational trust in connection with a high value contractual dispute with a company providing external project management and infrastructure services
  • A company in respect of allegedly defamatory comments published online out of the jurisdiction
  • An individual on the enforcement of a Judgment in the United States of America
  • 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
  • An international specialist oil and coolant supplier and manufacturer in a dispute with a foreign based supplier
  • An international manufacturer and supplier of luxury wellbeing products in a contractual dispute with a former customer
  • A significant agricultural organisation on director’s duties and statutory obligations
  • A national window / door manufacturer and installer in high value contractual claims
  • A Dutch Company in respect of a contractual dispute relating to the purchase of a crane
  • A large Scottish supplier of mushrooms in a contractual dispute relating to the supply of defective compost and associated losses
  • A Spanish company in a high value contractual claim

Property disputes

Acting for:

  • A national newspaper publisher in a dispute with its landlord concerning defective premises
  • A private client in a claim for a beneficial interest in a high value residential property
  • A substantial property holding company in respect of adverse possession issues and Bona Vacantia property
  • The owners of a residential property on the enforceability of a complicated restrictive covenant over neighbouring land on which a development was planned
  • 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
  • For a substantial institutional landlord concerning a dispute regarding the operation of a lease break clause
  • 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
  • A property development company in respect of the early termination of an option agreement
  • A large institutional landlord to bring urgent proceedings against trespassers to ensure their eviction
  • A landlord in a high value lease dilapidations claim
  • A commercial lender in proceedings to realise its security held over commercial premises
  • 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
  • A food manufacturer in a high value contractual dispute with the Administrators of its now insolvent former main building contractor
  • A substantial institutional landlord in contested commercial lease renewal proceedings against one of their tenants
  • A number of landed estates in connection with various defended residential possession proceedings
  • 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:

  • Defendants in complex litigation against their neighbours regarding claimed water rights over their land
  • A multi-generational property holding company in respect of contentious issues arising out of the disposal of a substantial rural property portfolio
  • A substantial agricultural property owner in connection with a dispute with the owner of a neighbouring farm regarding a right of way
  • The partner in a substantial North Yorkshire farming business in respect of a dispute with his partner
  • A farming business in recovering a tied cottage from a former farm employee
  • 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
  • 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

“…Matthew Hill “is always responsive and his advice is clear and easy to follow.”

“Clients appreciate that the lawyers are “collaborative and flexible.”

Chambers UK 2020 (Litigation – Yorkshire)

 

‘Matthew Hill is equally adept at fashioning a careful settlement when appropriate, or taking a very robust approach if the matter is one which needs to be litigated’.

Legal 500 2020 (Property Litigation – Yorkshire)

 

‘Raworths is definitely the long-standing leader in the Harrogate market; it combines the friendliness of a small(ish) firm with the expertise associated with a larger firm, but without the extortionate prices often associated with Leeds firms.’

‘Raworths is a highly regarded law firm in Harrogate. It combine a quality of service and expertise to be expected in larger commercial centres with a sensitivity to what is important to its local clients.’

Legal 500 2020 (Dispute Resolution – Yorkshire)  

 

“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) 

 

“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