Matthew Howarth

Call To The Bar: 2016

Matthew Howarth joined chambers in 2016 under the supervision of Alex Leach. Prior to this he worked at Baker and McKenzie in Regulatory (Banking and Finance Litigation – large-scale prosecution for market manipulation), Eurozone Real Estate Team of the Year 2015 and was Chair for Pro Bono dealing with the International Refugee Crisis and EU structures for accepting Asylum seekers. He also worked with Jones Myers Family Law Solicitors dealing with a number of legal matters relating to abduction and children.

Matthew currently specialises in a number of areas, namely Crime, Civil, Property (TLATA, landlord and Tenancy), Immigration and Regulatory work (including licensing matters). Currently he is instructed on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse.

Crime – Matthew deals with every aspect of criminal work from chambers. He has a particular niche for Road Traffic Offences and POCA proceedings. He has conducted a number of Crown Court and Youth Court Trials. In addition to holding seminars on the law, Matthew often addresses a number of legal points relating to Defendant Costs Orders at the Crown Court.

Matthew has attended a number of Oral Recall Hearings on a range of cases in front of Panels within Her Majesty’s Prison Services. He is able to offer advice and advocacy assistance to solicitors and lay clients for these types of hearings.

Immigration – Matthew’s previous Pro Bono work enabled him to undertake work as a Junior Junior for the Home Office upon joining chambers. The majority of his immigration work is for Appellants in the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunals.

Property – Previously Matthew volunteered as a Duty Advocate in Housing Matters at Brent Council. As a result he represents a number of Local Councils and Estate Agents on Possession Hearings and Landlord and Tenant Disputes. Equally his brief Family Law background has enabled him to deal with applications under TLATA.

Matthew is routinely instructed on behalf of Respondent and Local Authorities in Business Rates disputes. He has recently done a number of applications for Liability Orders and has contested these applications at trial.

He is routinely instructed to advise on HMO licences and has represented Landlords and Tenants in Business Tenancy proceedings for Forfeiture and on Tenancy renewal applications.

Regulatory – Matthew during pupillage shadowed Leila Ghahary and Lisa Roberts QC in a wide range of matters relating to Health and Safety Law and licensing matters at the Magistrates and Crown Court. Matthew, has conduct of a number of trials in this area and is able to assist with advices to Police, Council and Applicants on a number of cases.

Matthew is often instructed on a wide range of professional negligence matters against and for doctors, dentists and solicitors. He is routinely instructed to draft advices, assist with letters before action and represent professional clients at court.

Civil – Matthew is instructed in a wide range of Road Traffic Accident cases, injunctions, civil and contract disputes following his civil/commercial background at Baker and McKenzie.

He is currently elected as Northern Chair for the Middle Temple Young Bar Association and has a particular emphasis on Mental Health and is well equipped to deal with vulnerable clients and children.

In his free time Matthew, coming from Northern Ireland, is a big fan of watching/playing Rugby. He has recently taken up skiing and hopes to start boxing and yoga. Additionally he is an advocate for mental wellbeing both at and off the Bar.

Matthew Howarth is Public Access qualified.