Matthew Mawdsley

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1991

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Matthew was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1991 and practises exclusively in Personal Injury Law, acting for both Claimants and Defendants. He also undertakes cases before the First Tier Tribunal as well as appearing in Inquests for both families and other interested parties.

Matthew Mawdsley focuses his practice on employers’ and public liability and industrial disease cases. He acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants, including several police forces and local authorities.

Strengths: “Very robust in cross-examinations and always well prepared and good at being in contact.” “He is easy to work with, very personable, thorough and robust, but also realistic and pragmatic. Clients like him as his advice is clear and he puts them at ease.” Chambers UK Bar 2022

Strengths: “He is extremely well prepared and very precise in terms of identifying key issues.” “He is very pragmatic and robust.” “Very sensible and has good judgement.” Chambers UK bar 2021

Appointments

  • Deputy District Judge – Northern Circuit

Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)

Articles

Expertise

  • Personal Injury

    Matthew practises in all aspects of Personal Injury Law (Accidents at Work, Road Traffic, Industrial Disease, Public and Occupiers Liability as well and Landlord and Tenant Act and Defective Premises Act cases and claims with a foreign element). Matthew is instructed by both Claimants and Defendants on trials in the Fast and Multi-track. His multi-track work includes cases of maximum severity and complexity often including multiple experts. Matthew is regularly instructed from the outset of the case to provide strategic advice, and to attend at the CCMC, and at interlocutory hearings. Cases in which Matthew is instructed are often settled at JSM or mediation.

    Matthew is regularly instructed in Public and Employer Liability Claims for Local Authorities (Salford City Council, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Bolton Council, Bury Council and Hull City Council ) and has developed a significant practice in the defence of “tripping claims” as well as commenting on the same. See his recent article: Showing ‘Reasonable Practicability’ under Section 41(A) of the Highways Act 1980.

    Instructions are also regularly received on behalf of Police Authorities and national construction companies.

    In addition to the traditional tribunals of the County and High Court, Matthew also appears in the CICA as well as undertaking First Tier Tribunal Work (Social Entitlement Chamber).

    Inquest work is also conducted, usually involving extended hearings. Recent examples:

    • A two-week inquest at Bolton Coroner’s Court involving the flooding of the Blackrod By-Pass. Instructed by the deceased’s family and with the Coroner returning a narrative verdict that the death was caused by a combination of failing to ensure that the drainage systems were properly maintained and a failure to properly grit
    • A week-long inquest at Sheffield Coroner’s Court involving the death of a shopper who had fallen down steps at the Co-op’s Hillsborough Store. Instructed on behalf of the Co-op. Following the inquest, the jury returned a narrative verdict that the sole cause of the shopper’s death was due to an unrelated arrhythmia and nothing to do with the condition of the premises.

    Matthew also regularly conducts claims with a fraud element and is a very experienced advocate in this area. He acts for some of the country’s major insurance companies. He has secured many findings of Fundamental Dishonesty.

    As the Civil Procedure Rules continue to evolve and to encourage ADR, Matthew has experience of conducting mediations and arbitrations, as well as the more traditional “round table” discussions.

    Matthew has regularly lectured on Fatal Accidents at the Manchester Metropolitan University and is therefore well placed to advise and represent in such cases. In addition he has also presented “in-house” lectures and presentations for his Instructing Solicitors and clients.

    Matthew prides himself on a prompt service in respect of the return of his paperwork.

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  • Accidents Abroad

    Matthew has always had an interest in claims with a foreign element. Matthew is fully conversant with the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, the Delayed Boarding Rights Regulations and of course the Package Travel Regulations 1992/2018.

    This practice area is supplemented by having chaired several of the Manchester law Society’s Conferences on Travel Law.

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  • Disease

    Matthew’s instructions come predominately from Defendants in respect of such matters and he is regularly instructed in respect of NIHL and Vibration Injury cases. Other areas of interest are Dermatitis and Asthma as well as Repetitive Strain injuries. In June 2022 Matthew is instructed to take Commission of Evidence in a living mesothelioma claim as the Commissioner.

    CASES

    CICA: Successfully appealed decision and obtained maximum award allowed under scheme. Read the news article.

    Shaw v Kovac and others [2017] EWCA Civ 1028: Entitlement to separate damages for failure to obtain proper consent prior to treatment.

    Remmington v Lancashire Care NHS Trust: Unreported, Preston County Court, HHJ Butler, 19th March to 23rd March 2012 and 29th March 2012. Successful claim brought on behalf of psychiatric nurse assaulted by a patient.

    Shoreman v New Charter Housing and Tameside MBC: Unreported, Manchester County Court, Recorder Berkley KC, 20th to 21st September 2011. Use of Facebook entries to undermine credibility of the Claimant.

    Williams v Salford City Council: Unreported, Manchester High Court, Swift J, 13th to 16th June 2006. Case involving the alleged failure to recognise a school child’s dyslexia.

    Re J, J and J: CICA, unreported, 18th to 19th December 2002. Case involving the sexual abuse of three brothers. Total of £750,000 awarded by the Appeal Panel.

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