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Matthew Mills

| Call 2016

Profile: Overview

Matthew has a broad Chancery practice, covering: property, wills, trusts and estates, charities, insolvency, commercial and pensions. He regularly appears as a sole advocate in both the County Court and the High Court. Alongside full-time practice, he is a Lecturer in Land Law at the University of Oxford.

Property

Matthew practises in, writes on and teaches property law.

In his own right, Matthew has developed an extensive practice in landlord and tenant law, and general property law matters, including trusts of land, proprietary estoppel, easements and squatters’ rights. Matthew once successfully obtained 25 charging orders in one hearing in the Queen’s Bench Division.

During pupillage, Matthew also gained experience of more complex cases where he:

Alongside his practice at the Bar, Matthew is a Lecturer in Land Law at Oriel College, University of Oxford.

 

Wills, Trusts and Estates

Matthew has experience of drafting and advising on the terms of wills, trusts and associated deeds. He has also worked on claims relating to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and has advised on the summonsing, examination and removal of executors.

In 2018, Matthew worked for four weeks on an international investigation into a multimillion-dollar offshore trust.

Matthew also writes on trusts law and previously taught and examined it as a Teaching Fellow at UCL.

 

Charities

Matthew has had an interest in charity law since writing a dissertation (which was subsequently published) on the history of the public benefit requirement. Since then, Matthew has gained practical experience of charity law matters and has advised executors on the construction of charitable gifts. Recently, Matthew has provided advice on charity law to a team of criminal defence lawyers to assist with a Crown Court trial.

During pupillage, Matthew:

 

Insolvency and Company

Matthew regularly appears in the High Court and County Court on bankruptcy petitions, winding-up petitions and other company matters. He acts for debtors, petitioners and insolvency practitioners. Matthew also has experience of applications relating to director disqualification, the reuse of company names and validation orders. Matthew regularly advises on insolvency law matters and has provided certificates of law for insolvency matters in foreign courts.

During pupillage, Matthew:

 

Commercial

Matthew accepts instructions in all aspects of commercial law. He has experience advising on the construction and enforceability of various types of contracts and settling associated pleadings. He has also advised on service out of the jurisdiction for breach of contract. In court, he has experience of contractual disputes from the pre-action stage to trial.

During pupillage, Matthew:

 

Pensions

During pupillage, Matthew assisted counsel with the appeal to the Court of Appeal in Burgess v BIC UK Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 806, a case concerning the potential reversal of historic pension increases. He also assisted in another matter with advice relating to the potential reduction of pension benefits.

Matthew has recently been instructed to prepare a defence to a claim brought against a member by his pension trustee following the High Court decision of Dalriada Trustees Ltd v Faulds [2012] Pens LR 15.

 

Mediation

Matthew accepts instructions for chancery mediations. During pupillage, Matthew assisted with various chancery mediations and shadowed a senior member of chambers in his capacity as a mediator.

 

Publications

 

Qualifications

2015 – 2016      BPTC at City University (Outstanding)

2014 – 2015      BCL at the University of Oxford

2013 – 2014      LLM at UCL (Distinction, 1st in year overall of 443)

2010 – 2013      MA in Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford (First Class)

 

Prizes and Scholarships

2017         Cholmeley Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

2016         Buchanan Prize for BPTC results (Lincoln’s Inn)

2015         Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

2015         City Law School Postgraduate Scholarship

2015         Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

2014         Full scholarship to study the BCL (University of Oxford)

2014         Pump Court Tax Chambers Prize (best performance in International and Commercial Trusts)

2014         Best performance in Restitution (UCL LLM)

2014         Best performance in Legal History (UCL LLM)

2013         Finals prize (New College, University of Oxford)

 

Memberships

The Chancery Bar Association

The Charity Law Association

The Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)

The Contentious Trusts Association (ConTrA)

The Higher Education Academy (Associate Fellow)

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

The Property Bar Association

 

Other Details

Prior to coming to the Bar, Matthew was a Lecturer in Land Law at the University of Oxford and a Teaching Fellow in Trusts at UCL. Matthew also worked as a Legal Editor for the start-up ‘Sparqa’, where he researched and wrote practical guides to the legal issues that are most relevant to small businesses, including mortgages, leases, service charges and possession claims.

 

VAT Registration Number: 289736143

Bar Membership Number: 67768

 

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Matthew Mills