DDI: 01423 724611
M: 07590 021148
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”
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:
Rural and Agricultural disputes:
Insolvency based cases:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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