Matthew Hodson

Matthew Hodson

  • Called in 2004

Mediation

Matt regularly appears in mediations as a representative. He has advised and advocated in cases including issues of discrimination, contract disputes, employment, trusts, probate and defamation.

He is also a trained mediator, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Matt has a calm and patient manner, which he combines with an analytical mind honed through trial litigation to quickly identify the key issues in any dispute. In addition to these attributes Matt is always thoroughly prepared and possessed of all the facts so that the trust of both sides is won from the outset.

Matt has been involved in dispute for many years and frequently negotiates settlements in his own cases. He is therefore aware of the barriers and opportunities that arise in any mediation and well equipped to facilitate the parties in finding a solution that both sides can say yes to.

Matt understands that dispute is always very stressful and that sensitivity is important. While providing a sympathetic ear Matt is nonetheless not afraid to do some straight talking and ask the difficult questions that show all the perspectives of a case. He believes it is very important to explore the real interests of the parties, and not just their legal positions.

If settlement cannot be achieved on the day Matt will be keen to continue working with the parties to ensure the best chance at resolution.

Matt welcomes direct instructions to act as a mediator. Please contact the clerks for bookings.

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Notable Cases


Countrywide Estate Agents v Turner (2014) UKEAT/0208/13/LA; 2014 WL 4250036; LTL 8/9/2014
Appeal before the EAT to determine the correct basis of compensatory and contractual damages following unfair dismissal.

Indigo Design Build & Management Ltd & B Tank v Marie Martinez (2014) UKEAT/0020/14/DM; 2014 WL 4423177; LTL 11/9/14
Appeal before the EAT to determine the correct "reason why" legal test for direct pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Kloosman v Aylen & Others [2013] EWHC 435 (Ch); [2013] W.T.L.R. 673; [2014] W.T.L.R. 77
High Court trial concerning inter vivos gifts and the presumption against double portions.

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Mayhook v National Car Parks; Nigel Barrington-Fuller (2012) LTL 20/3/2013
A claim initially for an injunction for return of a vehicle towed from a car park, then for damages arising from loss of use. Issues included: conversion; Arthur v Anker; incorporation; construction; fairness of terms and penalty charges.

A Retailer v Ms. B & Ms. K (2012) LTL 3/9/12
Acted for the defendants defeating this civil recovery claim by a major high street retailer against two shoplifters for administrative and staff costs alleged to be due following their apprehension by security staff.

Tim Russ & Co v Robertson & Ors (2011) EWHC 3470
Acted for the claimant estate agent in a three day High Court trial seeking to enforce employment covenants restricting competition.

Customer Systems Plc v Ranson & Others (2011) EWHC 3304
Three week High Court trial resisting claims of breach of restrictive covenant and breach of fiduciary duties. The Claimant, a high end IT consultancy, sought damages of half a million pounds.

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If you would like to instruct Matthew Hodson or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships


  • Chairman of the Tribunal of Travelling Showmen

Education & Qualifications


  • Mathematics, University College London
  • Winchester College

Personal Interests


In his spare time Matt is often to be found up in the mountains walking and scrambling. He is a qualified mountain leader and has led expeditions to the Amazon (2011) and the Himalayas (2014) with the British Exploring Society. He has also completed the Coast to Coast, Pennine Way, Cape Wrath Trail, GR20 across Corsica and the GR5 from Geneva to Nice.

Matt also enjoys playing football, tennis and parkour.