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Matthew Slater

"He is very knowledgeable, with a great client manner."
(Legal 500 2018)

Matthew Slater’s practice covers a wide range of Chancery, Commercial and (as one of the Attorney-General’s Treasury Counsel) Public Law work. He undertakes the full-range of domestic trust, probate and estate litigation as well as advising and acting for investment funds, banks and investors. In addition, he is often instructed when the Government becomes involved in commercial disputes.

Matthew also has wide experience of substantive appeals before the Court of Appeal, appearing for both commercial and governmental clients.

Capital Taxes

Matthew advises on the full range of capital taxes matters. He was involved, acting on these occasions for HMRC, in the important capital taxes cases of:

  • Barclays Trust Company v HMRC [2011] EWCA Civ 810 – first Court of Appeal authority on disabled person’s trusts.
  • Rogge v HMRC [2012] W.T.L.R. 537 – tax treatment of settlor-interested trusts.
  • Buzzoni v HMRC [2013] EWCA Civ 1684 – gifts with reservation of benefit, legal test for being ‘excluded or virtually excluded’.


“He is very knowledgeable, with a great client manner.”

Legal 500 2018 - Company

“An able treasury lawyer.”

Legal 500 2018 - Tax: Corporate & VAT

“Terrifyingly bright” and “very user-friendly.”

Chambers UK 2016


Chambers UK 2015


  • BA Hons (Oxford)


Appointed to Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel in June 2017

Formerly a Fellow at Yale Law School, Matthew was, between 2012 and 2015, a Lecturer in Law at Oriel College, Oxford, teaching trusts and public law. In addition, between 2012 and 2014, he was the Visiting Professor of Trusts at the Institute of Law in Jersey and a member, with the Deputy Bailiff, of the three-man Board of Examiners for the Jersey Advocates Exams.


Matthew Slater is a member of the editorial board for the Wills & Trusts Law Reports.

Speaking Engagements

Matthew is invited to speak at national and international conferences and also delivers bespoke training programmes for Chambers’ clients.

For more information and advice

Call: +44 (0)20 7405 0758


Matthew Slater is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with The Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 49269] and is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2860/045] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 898685823.

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