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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.

Private Client

Trusts & Estates Litigation

MN v OP Chancery Division (02 March 2017), Rose J – Matthew Slater appeared in this important Variation of Trusts Act application, which raised significant points of practice and procedure, not least about open justice in trust proceedings. The case is now going to the Court of Appeal.

He is instructed, often by the leading trust companies in the particular jurisdiction, in trusts and funds litigation in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, the Bahamas and Cyprus, for example Larsen and Volaw v Comptroller of Taxes and States of Jersey [2015] JRC 244 which concerned the Tax Information Exchange Agreement between Jersey and India. In addition, he has advised HMRC, here and in relation to Jersey and Guernsey, on their strategy on equitable mistake claims concerning trusts.



“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.

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Call: +44 (0)20 7405 0758



Pricing Policy

Unless otherwise agreed my Clerk will calculate my fees based on my current hourly rate. My rates are reviewed annually and details can be obtained from my Clerk. Once a rate is set for any particular case the hourly rate will only ever be adjusted with express agreement between my Clerks and those instructing me. All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate where applicable.

Related Practice Areas

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 regulated by 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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