Matthew Sellwood

Year of Call: 2013

Matthew Sellwood

Year of Call: 2013

Matthew Sellwood

Year of Call: 2013

Matthew Sellwood

Matthew Sellwood

Year of Call: 2013

Matthew accepts instructions across all of Chambers' core areas, having established a diverse practice following the completion of his pupillage.

After reading Modern History at the University of Oxford, Matthew spent a number of years serving on the Executive Board of a local council as an elected politician and working for national and international charitable organisations. He then retrained as a barrister, and regularly appears in the County Court, High Court and Employment Tribunal in cases ranging from interlocutory matters to multi-week discrimination claims.

Due to his previous working experience, Matthew has a keen awareness of the commercial realities facing both his professional and lay clients.

  • Recommendations

    Clients have described Matthew as extremely approachable. They value his timely and detailed advice which is 'always well researched and indeed goes above and beyond what we would expect to see'.

    We have instructed Matthew Sellwood on a number of occasions on some very complex claims and have been more than impressed with the speed of turn around and thorough job he has done for us. In addition to this we have also utilised him to provide staff training on a number of topics, very much tailored to our own needs. Matthew has provided a first rate training package including detailed notes, group meetings and one to one correspondence. Matthew has always delivered training in the most suitable format and tailored the course content and materials to the specific audience. I would highly recommend Matthew and will continue to use his services in the future." Beth Mackay, Partner, Slater Gordon Solutions Legal

    The client was very pleased with our Tribunal victory in a race discrimination and harassment claim, due in no small part to Matt’s practical approach and his effective advocacy. He showed excellent judgement in his handling of the claimant, who was self-represented, and was able to react quickly when the claimant raised a preliminary issue on no notice, which took up the first day of the hearing.” - Tessa Cranfield, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    "Matthew’s advices are always prepared promptly, are extremely detailed and presented in a client friendly way - explaining in detail, but at the same time in layman’s terms, the position of the client’s injuries and the next steps to progress their case…Clients' responses to his advice are always very positive." – Specialist personal injury solicitors

  • Employment

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    Having served as a member of a disciplinary panel for a major public sector employer and a former union representative at a national charity, Matthew has experience of employment law from the perspectives of both Claimant and Respondent.

    Matthew is regularly instructed in the Employment Tribunal, and has appeared in cases involving unfair dismissal, employee status, whistleblowing, and all forms of discrimination. Hearings in which he has appeared without being led have included multi-week cases involving numerous allegations of discrimination. He also regularly provides advice on employment matters such as redundancy, lay-off and constructive dismissal. He has taken part in several large-scale disclosure exercises and document reviews and has been led by Andrew Burns QC in a successful resistance of an interim relief application.

    Despite his year of call, Matthew has been instructed in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, including in a matter heard before Langstaff J, the former President of the EAT. In addition, he has experience of successfully applying for jurisdictional strike-outs, strike-outs on merit, and deposit orders.

    During his time as pupil to Alice Mayhew, Matthew provided assistance to counsel for the successful parties in the widely reported Employment Appeal Tribunal cases of Chesterston Global Limited and Another v Nurmohamed (which considered the public interest test in the context of whistleblowing) and McKinney v London Borough of Newham (which considered the appropriate time limit in whistleblowing detriment cases).

    Matthew has written several pieces for the Employment Lawyers’ Association Briefing, including a piece on the judgment of the EAT in  Craig v Lindfield & Son Ltd [2015] UKEAT/0220/15, and 'The Future of The Employment Court' which he co-authored with Andrew Burns QC.

  • Commercial Litigation

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    Matthew has appeared in his own right in the High Court on commercial and tax matters, successfully obtaining freezing injunctions for a public sector client and dealing with matters relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. He has also appeared on the Masters' Corridor of the Royal Courts of Justice in connection with charging orders, third party debt orders and orders for sale, and regularly appears in the County Court in commercial matters of all kinds. These include both small and fast-track claims in contractual and property disputes, and multi-track costs and case management hearings. Recently, Matthew has been instructed to defend a claim of fraud against a corporate client on the multi-track, and has also appeared in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

    In addition to his own caseload, Matthew has been led on a range of commercial cases, and has  assisted members of chambers in matters ranging from contractual disputes to international arbitrations. He has also provided training to a national firm of solicitors on issues arising from litigation on the small claims track and a seminar to the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators on the issues arising in relation to penalty clauses and Joint Operating Agreements. He is available for both telephone and in person applications/hearings relating to commercial matters on all tracks.

  • Personal Injury

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    Matthew acts in an advisory and advocacy capacity for both Claimants and Defendants within the field of personal injury, and appears in the County Court several times a week in this area. He has also appeared a number of times in the Masters' Corridor of the Royal Courts of Justice for case management purposes, including in complex CCMCs. His practice extends from the small claims track to multi-track, and encompasses application hearings, costs & case management hearings, and full trials. He has delivered training to both national solicitors' firms and insurers on topics such as fundamental dishonesty, QOCs, relief from sanctions and small claims litigation.

    He has experience across a wide range of personal injury matters, including:

    • employer’s and occupier’s liability
    • road traffic accidents
    • fatal injuries
    • chronic pain
    • international travel
    • credit hire

    In addition to his own caseload, he has been involved in a number of leading personal injury cases. These have included the provision of research support for Rob Weir QC in Cox v Ministry of Justice [2016] UKSC 10 and assistance in high profile inquests.

  • Tax

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    Matthew has assisted with the work of a number of members of chambers in relation to tax law, including Aparna Nathan, Marika Lemos, and Christopher Stone. This work has included litigation in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. Specifically, Matthew has worked on matters relating to:

    • jurisdictional issues in the First-tier Tribunal
    • the application of human rights to the Tribunal system
    • the proper interpretation of the Taxes Management Act
    • capital gains tax
    • inheritance tax
    • self-assessment
    • witness preparation
    • IR35 appeals

    Matthew has also been directly instructed as a junior by HMRC in several capacities, and contributed to the written submissions of the Respondent in Raftopoulou v Revenue & Customs [2015] UKUT 630 (TCC), a case which established an important point in respect to the costs jurisdiction of the Upper Tribunal.

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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    During his time as pupil to Richard Harrison, Matthew gained experience in cases involving:

    • professional indemnity insurance
    • the duty of disclosure
    • warranties and conditions precedent
    • prior circumstance exclusion clauses
    • a major mediation on coverage issues

    Matthew also worked on briefing and research notes addressing the provisions of the Insurance Act 2015, which is set to alter much of the established law in the area of insurance.

    Matthew has a particular interest in, and experience of, issues which involve the overlap between insurance policies and personal injury litigation.

  • Professional Negligence

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    Matthew has been exposed to a broad range of professional negligence matters throughout his pupillage. These have included questions of professional negligence on the part of solicitors, surveyors, financial advisors and insurance brokers, as well as professional disciplinary matters. He has provided research assistance to Richard Harrison in relation to a Bar Standards Board prosecution and had previous experience before coming to the Bar of fitness to practise hearings at both the Nursing & Midwifery Council and the Health Care Professions Council.

  • Human Rights

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    Matthew has assisted in cases involving other members of Chambers which concerned the application of Convention rights to employment, personal injury, tax and disciplinary matters. Most recently, he has conducted extensive research on the interaction between the Taxes Management Act 1970 and Article 1 Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    In addition, he has been instructed by the Government Legal Department in a range of different cases in this area, including a disclosure review relating to a group action concerning alleged historical abuses and a judicial review in relation to a statute which has recently passed into law.

Awards and Scholarships


Winner - Commonwealth Mooting Competition 2013

Winner - Oxford Inter-Varsity Moot 2012

Winner - English Speaking Union National Mooting Competition 2012 


Inner Temple BPTC Exhibition Award 2012

Inner Temple GDL Exhibition Award 2011

Memberships and Associations


Personal Interests

Matthew is a keen distance runner, with a number of marathons and ultra-marathons under his belt. He is also a passionate cricket fan, and has the misfortune of being a lifelong supporter of Nottingham Forest FC.