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Matthew Howse, Partner

Matthew Howse


Practice areas

  • Financial services
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Matthew is a partner in our Belfast litigation team. Matthew is an experienced litigator and specialises in financial services and commercial litigation, including amongst other things procurement litigation and insurance litigation. Matthew has a keen interest in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution models. Matthew trained in England at national firm Gateley Plc. On moving to Northern Ireland in 2010, Matthew joined the litigation department of a major Irish law firm. Matthew moved to Eversheds Sutherland in September 2018.

Matthew’s recent experience includes:

• Acted on behalf of a major Irish banking institution in relation to long-running litigation brought against it by a disgruntled and highly litigious property developer borrower. Issues were wide ranging and complex, involving alleged fraud, breach of duty, misrepresentation, breach of contract, and other heads of claim (including the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate hedging product).

• Led a team acting for a US hedge fund defending proceedings in which the plaintiff sought to undermine the bona fides of a loan sale which purportedly included the largest ever property transaction in the history of Northern Ireland. Involved complex cross-border issues, requiring liaison with the client at COO level in the US (including its in-house legal teams in different jurisdictions), and also with NAMA in the Republic of Ireland.

• Acted for the liquidator of a company in relation to a potential assignment of three causes of action to a director/shareholder of the company. Eventually resolved at Court of Appeal stage. Reported decisions at first instance ([2014] NIQB 141 and [2015] NIQB 69).

• Acted for a bank defending ongoing proceedings brought by a customer claiming recompense from the bank pursuant to a “vishing” fraud perpetrated on the customer by fraudsters.

• Acted for the English subsidiary of a major German client seeking to resist the jurisdiction of the Courts of Northern Ireland.

• Acting for a number of high profile insurer clients in relation to proceedings involving disputes about coverage.

Other past highlights include:

• Acted for a major global pharmaceutical supplier in relation to a tender for the procurement of oral nutritional supplements in primary and secondary care (value c.£98m), run by a public body in Northern Ireland. Our client brought procurement and judicial review proceedings. The issues raised were novel and complex, and of UK wide application.

• Acted for an employer in bringing proceedings against a number of defendants (including an architect) in relation to a construction project pursuant to a JCT contract. Issues involved ingress of water leading to cracking, and limitation issues.

• Acted for a company that operated a number of cranes at the VT3 terminal in Belfast defending proceedings brought against it by Belfast Harbour Commissioners in relation to alleged breaches of contract, regarding, amongst other things, alleged failures to maintain and paint cranes at the VT3 terminal.

• Acted for the then administrator of a Mutual Society in Northern Ireland in successfully obtaining Court sanction for a Scheme of Arrangement, a ground-breaking approach in Northern Ireland.

• Acted for a bank in defending (total lending in excess of £100 million) allegations of undue influence and misrepresentation.

Matthew is a member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3), and is also a member of the Institute of Directors, sitting on the Northern Ireland Young Directors’ Forum Steering Committee.

'Matthew Howse knows precisely what the client wants in terms of a commercial outcome to the case and this helps ensure both counsel and solicitor can agree on a strategy for dealing with the matter that achieves the desired outcome for the client' - Legal 500

Matthew Howse is 'utterly dedicated to his clients and cases' - Legal 500

'Matthew Howse is a key name for banking and insolvency disputes' - Legal 500

‘Matthew Howse is very technically adept and an elegant draftsman but what stands out is that he is absolute terrier for his clients. He is relentless in pursuing every detail in a dispute until all are arranged to his clients’ maximum advantage.’ - Legal 500

‘Matthew Howse stands out for his industry and hard work.’ - Legal 500