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Matthew Hill

Call:  2009


Matthew has a broad practice across the main areas of Chambers’ work, and in particular in public law, clinical negligence, inquiries and inquests, human rights, and professional discipline. He has appeared in the High Court and County Courts in cases concerning judicial review, clinical negligence, personal injury and procedural law, and has represented families, organisations and medical practitioners at jury and non-jury inquests. He has represented defendants at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and in General Dental Council proceedings.  He also has experience of data protection and freedom of information litigation.  He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel.

Matthew is currently instructed as first junior counsel to the Coroner in the renewed inquests into the Birmingham Pub Bombings in 1974.  He was previously first junior counsel to the Hillsborough Inquests, where he was led by Christina Lambert QC and instructed by the Coroner, Sir John Goldring.  He has also been instructed on the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry into allegations of the unlawful killing and abuse of prisoners in Iraq, and the Detainee Inquiry where he advised the Panel on the international and domestic law on torture and complicity. Before coming to the Bar he worked as an historian on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Matthew was instructed for the claimant in judicial review proceedings that resulted in the first successful challenge to the General Medical Council’s ‘pilot scheme’ for charging allegations in Fitness to Practise hearings. He has appeared in the PIP Breast Implant group litigation, in which an estimated 3,000 claims were brought against numerous defendants in respect of allegedly deficient prosthesis used in cosmetic surgery. He was instructed on an application to the European Court of Human Rights in a case concerning local authority liability and alleged violations of Articles 3, 6, 8 and 13 ECHR.

Matthew joined Chambers in 2010 after successful completion of his pupillage.  Prior to this he studied and taught Modern History at Oxford University and was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. His doctoral research was on British nuclear weapons policy in the 1950s. He also studied at the National University of Singapore, and taught English in China and Romania. He is a regular contributor to the 1 Crown Office Row Human Rights Blog, writing in particular on Article 2 and 3 ECHR, and the investigative duties that arise under them.

Matthew is a member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.


Inquests and Public Inquiries

Ranked as Band 1 in Chambers and Partners 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

"He is intellectually one of the most able people practising at the Bar. Where he is particularly strong is mastering a lot of difficult facts and concepts. He offers a unique perspective." "Extremely intelligent, very hard-working, an incredible eye for detail and an extremely capable advocate, even in the most complex cases." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

‘His advocacy and written work is a match for counsel of twice his call.’ (Legal 500 2016)

“He is very solid pair of hands, who is good at understanding complex issues.” “He is very calm and assured with witnesses.”  (Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He’s a details man who is very willing to roll up his sleeves and get into the facts and figures of the case”.  (Chambers and Partners 2015)

"He is highly intelligent, immensely hard-working, very thorough, and a persuasive and convincing advocate." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

“A very strong junior who is meticulous and extremely bright.” (Legal 500, 2015, Leading Junior, Tier 3)

Clinical Negligence

"His written and oral advice is clear, concise and well thought out." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

Has an excellent track record of acting in clinical negligence claims and serves as counsel in a number of prominent inquests and inquiries. "He is a good and able up-and-coming young junior." (Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He’s very articulate, very on the ball, and doesn’t miss a thing.”  “He’s really hungry for the work.  As clever as 16 cats, he’s a fighter and really works hard.”  (Chambers and Partners 2015)

"An up-and-coming junior - very impressive." (Chambers and Partners 2014)


Bar Vocational Course (2009), Outstanding – City Law School, London
Graduate Diploma in Law (2008), Distinction - City University, London
M.St in Historical Research (1998), Distinction - University College, Oxford
BA (Hons) in Modern History (1997), First - University College, Oxford
The Princess Royal Scholarship, Inner Temple, 2008-2009
Stephen Seabrooke Memorial Prize, City Law School, 2009

Matthew has Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance

Significant cases include the following

Public Inquiries and Inquests

The Inquests into the Deaths Resulting from the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster
First junior counsel to the fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 football supporters at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry
Public inquiry into the deaths of 13 people following a civil rights protest in Northern Ireland in 1972.

The Al-Sweady Public Inquiry
Public inquiry into allegations of the unlawful killing and abuse of Iraqi prisoners following the Battle of Danny Boy, 2004.

The Detainee Inquiry
Public inquiry into allegations that the UK was implicated in the ill-treatment of detainees held by other countries in the aftermath of the September 2001 attacks.

The Lakanal House Fire Inquests
Inquests into the deaths of six people in a fire in a tower block in south London. Mathew represented the local tenants and residents association in their application for Properly Interested Person status.

Public and Human Rights Law

X, Y and Z v United Kingdom (Application no. 32666/10)
Application to the European Court of Human Rights, alleging violations of articles 3, 6, 8 and 13 in respect of a local authority’s failure to re-house a family that was subsequently subjected to violence and abuse in their home. Led by Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC

CM v General Medical Council
Judicial review proceedings that led to the first successful challenge of the GMC’s ‘pilot scheme’ for charging Fitness to Practise allegations.  Led by Christina Lambert QC

Clinical Negligence and Health Law

CCC v Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Acted for the claimant in a major cerebral palsy claim.  Led by Angus McCullough QC

Felix-Thompson Bland v Royal Surrey County Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Acted for the claimant in a major cerebral palsy claim.  Led by Angus McCullough QC

The PIP Breast Implant Group Litigation
Acted for a number of private surgeons in complex group litigation proceedings arising from the withdrawal of PIP breast implants.  Led by Stephen Miller QC


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Shaheen Rahman QC and Matthew Hill speak at the annual Justice Human Rights Law Conference
The 2017 1 COR Annual Magazine The Bundle Now Available for Clients and Colleagues
Matthew Hill helps family obtain neglect finding at inquest into respite care death
The Times reports on Chambers extremism cases