Matt Barnett

Call: 2017
Matt Barnett

Matt studied law at the University of Derby where he obtained a first class LLB before completing his BPTC at the University of Law.

He was awarded the Harmsworth scholarship by Middle Temple for his BPTC years.

Before coming to the Bar, Matt had a very successful career within finance. During his 15 years working for three of the UK's major banks, he gained significant experience across many sectors of banking. This included undertaking senior roles within Retail, Mortgages, Business, Commercial, Corporate and Private Banking.

Matt’s final role prior to commencing pupillage was as the Operations and Control Manager for Santander Business. He was instrumental in shaping the banks approach to dealing with financial crime. Utilising his experience across sectors, his work included designing and delivering bespoke anti-financial crime training, implementing robust prevention mechanisms and re-writing many of the internal guidance materials.

Away from work Matt is kept very busy by his young family and can often be found running along muddy touchlines with a flag in his hand. Given the chance, he loves a good book, a good meal and a great movie.

Personal Injury

Matt is regularly instructed by both Claimants and Defendants across all areas of personal injury matters. He has experience of trial work involving claims relating to public liability, product liability, Highways Act claims and road traffic claims.

Matt is building a busy paperwork practice and is regularly instructed to draft pleadings and advise on issues of procedure, limitation, liability and quantum for both Claimants and Defendants.

Credit Hire

Matt developed an interest in this area of law during his pupillage rotation with Andrew Hogan, which he has subsequently carried into practice.

Matt has undertaken a significant amount of credit hire work since called and is regularly instructed by both Claimants and Defendants. This enables him to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case from both sides of the argument.

Matt is well versed in all aspects of credit hire litigations including enforceability arguments, period arguments, rates evidence, impecuniosity, fleet vehicles, offers of alternative vehicles and professional drivers / lost profit claims.


Matt frequently acts on motor claims and has trial experience of matters relating to damage to property, repair of street furniture and credit hire claims. Furthermore, he has experience with claims involving the Motor Insurance Bureau.

Matt regularly appears for both Claimants and Defendants at trials arising out of road traffic accidents. He is able to advise on issues relating to liability, quantum and causation both in conference and on paper.


Matt has experience of possession claims on behalf of both the landlord and tenant at the County Court. This includes claims in relation to Assured Shorthold Tenancies.

Recent work has included advising a Defendant landlord in relation to a Defective Premises Act; Occupiers Liability Act; Contract; and Negligence Claim by their tenant. This included their liability in relation to work provided by a sub-contractor, through their letting agent, in an area of the property immediately adjacent to property owned by the council. As such, Matt needed to address technical questions relating to the head lease, Sublease and defining the demised premises of the separate property.

Property & Real Estate

Matt developed an interest in this area of law during his pupillage with Jonathan Mitchell, which he hopes to carry into practice.

Matt was heavily involved in a complex, long-standing border dispute during his pupillage with Jonathan. His research work and practical input, drawing upon his experience within the financial industry prior to coming to the Bar, played a part in the successful resolution of this matter.

Matt is keen to build upon this experience and brings with him to the Bar, financial and mortgage qualifications that enable him to quickly understand the issues and interpret the language of finance.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Matt’s first career was within the financial sector. He brings to the Bar his 15 years of experience within senior roles spanning a variety of specialisms including, mortgages, business, commercial, corporate and private banking. In addition, Matt holds a number of financial qualifications in relation to mortgages and financial advice.

This background gives Matt a significant advantage within all areas relating to commercial disputes. He is able to quickly understand the financial and practical impact of the issue, enabling him to offer both commercial and legal solutions to his clients.

Matt has experience of dealing with a variety of commercial matters including, debt claims, sales of goods claims, Consumer Rights Act claims, contractual disputes, solicitor/client disputes and business sales agent disputes.

Costs & Litigation Funding

Matt developed an interest in this area of law during his pupillage rotation with Andrew Hogan, which he has subsequently carried into practice.

Matt has experience in dealing with matters relating to the Solicitors Act 1974 and has recently appeared before a Master at the Senior Courts Costs Office on behalf of the Defendant in relation to a challenge of their final bill.

Data Protection & Information

Before coming to the Bar, Matt, as Operations and Control Manager for Santander Business Banking, was heavily involved with the bank’s response to the introduction of the new GDPR requirements. This included reviewing the way customer information was held, how and when it was used and culminated in the redesign of internal systems and guidance for staff on the capturing and use of personal data in order to avoid breaches.

Matt has practical hands-on experience of the impact of how customer data is used and how it influences outcomes. Furthermore, throughout his 15 years within the banking industry, Matt has experienced the fallout from the misuse of data. These experiences give Matt an advantage when dealing with issues relating to Data Protection: his understanding of its use in a practical sense enables him to get to the heart of the issue quickly and provide both practical and legal solutions to his clients.

Counter Fraud

Matt has experience of claims involving suspected fraudulent behaviour including staged accidents, low velocity impact and phantom passengers.

Drawing on his previous experience of developing methodology for preventing anti-money laundering and tackling financial crimes within the financial world, Matt brings to the Bar an eye for detail and an ability to draw together fact patterns in order to expose fraudulent conduct.


  • LLB, University of Derby (First Class)
  • BPTC, University of Law

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