Matthew FoxPrincipal Associate
A unique, very clear understanding of the legal parameters in complex cases. Able to deliver on time, every time. Dependable and reliable.Legal 500 2022
Matthew is a Principal Associate working in the litigation team. Matthew joined Weightmans as a solicitor in 2017 after completing a portion of his training contract with the firm.
Matthew deals with a wide range of commercial litigation matters, this includes contractual claims (including breach of contract and specific performance), corporate and shareholder disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions), professional negligence claims, property litigation and intellectual property and copyright disputes. Matthew has also assisted clients in securing offers of After the Event insurance and litigation funding.
Matthew’s particular area of expertise is dealing with high-value corporate disputes and he has extensive experience in handling and assisting with such proceedings in various divisions of the High Court, including the Queen’s Bench Division and Business and Property Courts. Matthew also has significant ADR experience and has led or assisted in numerous mediations.
Matthew has a good understanding of the practical operation of both the disclosure pilot scheme (Practice Direction 51U) which operates within the Business and Property Courts as well as the trial witness statement practice direction (Practice Direction 57AC).
Matthew regularly liaises with clients and e-disclosure providers on large disclosure tasks and is proficient in the use of e-disclosure platforms, including Relativity.
Matthew is a member of the firm’s ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Committee and Greener Litigation initiative and the firm has recently become a signatory of the Greener Litigation Pledge. Matthew is also a member of the CPR and court engagement working group for Greener Litigation.
Matthew is part of the winning team at the Manchester Legal Awards 2022 for Litigation Team of the Year.
Blu-Sky-Solutions Limited v Be Caring Limited  EWHC 2619 (Comm) — Matthew acted on behalf of Be Caring Limited, the UK’s largest employee-owned social care provider, in its successful defence at trial in a breach of contract claim brought by a telecommunications provider, Blu-Sky-Solutions Limited. The case is of significant importance with regards to the incorporation of terms and conditions, as well as unusual and onerous terms and penalty clauses, and has been widely reported on in the legal sector.