Matt Smith

Consultant

Howard Colman
Howard Colman

Matt specialises in dispute resolution with a focus on commercial, property and probate disputes.

He acts for a wide range of clients from private individuals and SMEs to large corporate entities, including Banks, Hoteliers, Entrepreneurs and Property Developers.

Recent cases include:

  • Acting for a minority shareholder in a derivative action against a company director for breach of fiduciary duty;
  • Acting for an executor beneficiary in an Inheritance Act claim against an estate brought by a disappointed spouse;
  • Acting for a commercial tenant in a claim against their landlord for unlawful forfeiture of the lease;
  • Acting for property developers in a negligence claim against their conveyancing solicitors in a failed property investment; and
  • Acting for a residential landlord, instructed by their managing agent, in breach of covenant claims against numerous leaseholders for short term lettings (including letting through Airbnb etc.).

Matt adopts a commercial approach to resolving a dispute and is a keen advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution, having successfully resolved many disputes by mediation. Matt carefully considers a client’s objectives at the outset and is focused on resolving a dispute at the earliest possible opportunity.

Commercial Disputes

Property Disputes

Wills, Probate & Trust Disputes

Professional Negligence

Alternative Dispute Resolution


“Matt provided solid practical and wise assistance in drafting a very tricky agreement over a housing issue mixed in with a professional negligence situation. He kept us on the higher ground the whole time. We would gladly work with him again if the need should arise.” Gideon Todes, The Copycourse Limited


“Matt is calm, professional and highly responsive. Matt remained completely on top of the details of my case at all times throughout the period of more than a year that it lasted. His advice was always proportionate, apt and effective. I can recommend Matt unreservedly.” Managing Director, Jog Ltd


“Matt has been outstanding at providing advice and helping our business with legal matters. He has been a considerable support in legal actions and proved to be highly skilled, personable and has very good judgement.” CEO, Bespoke Hotels


“Matt kept me informed at all stages in the process and gave me the best advice and support”


“…I have also dealt extensively with Matt Smith and Adam Palmer. I have always found them to be extremely professional, helpful and willing to assist in anyway requested.”


“Helpful and responsive service”


“From the moment I instructed his firm, Matt demonstrated himself to be a sensible, considered and competent Lawyer who was always approachable and who ultimately managed to secure a positive settlement in my favour. I would therefore be happy to use or recommend his service again.” Director, ZPS Limited


 

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