Matthew Hodson

Matthew Hodson

  • Called in 2004

Professional Negligence

Matt regularly appears in the High Court in professional negligence claims, particularly those involving negligence by solicitors, barristers and financial services providers. He also has experience of cases involving clinical negligence and negligence in the construction industry.

Matt’s recent cases have included:

  • A six figure settlement against a firm of solicitors for a disappointed litigant who settled at considerable undervalue following a combination of a failure to arrange appropriate litigation insurance and bad advice on merits and quantum.
  • A six figure claim against conveyancing solicitors who oversaw the sale of a home to a company with whom they had links, offering untenably unfair terms.
  • A claim against a barrister for negligently failing to accurately report back an offer of settlement made by the other side at court.
  • Claims against financial advisors for negligently failing to give advice that properly reflected the level of risk their clients were willing to take.
  • A claim against a firm of conveyancing solicitors who failed to advise properly on the available relief against Stamp Duty Land Tax.
  • A claim against a conveyancing search company for negligently failing to report relevant road construction schemes close to the relevant property.
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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

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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.