People | Matthew Brandis

Matthew Brandis | Partner

Practice Group Leader


Services: Criminal law, Dispute resolution, Media


Phone: 01753 279039 | 07894 607843


"Practice head, Matthew Brandis is 'exceptional - incredibly thorough and very good at keeping clients informed and up to date'. He has more than 20 years' experience handling complex contractual disputes, defamation actions and professional negligence claims."

The Legal 500

Leader of the 11-strong dispute resolution team at B P Collins LLP, where he was appointed a partner in 2002, Matthew Brandis is a highly-skilled operator with a reputation for winning contentious and high profile legal cases.

Among these was the groundbreaking and widely reported Westcott v Westcott defamation case, which created a legal precedent at the Court of Appeal.

In the independent legal bible Chambers UK, Matthew was praised by clients for his “reassuring and calming manner” as well as his “ability to connect at all levels” and he has a reputation for “exceeding expectations”. Matt has also been praised in Chambers & Partners, described as "a steely opponent and someone who I can really trust to win".

A client recently told the firm that “Matthew is everything you want in a lawyer. Expert, precise, detailed, always prepared, direct when needed, but professional at the same time. With common sense, a sense of humour and a refreshing ability to deliver no-nonsense, commercially sound guidance, that wastes neither your time nor money”.

His expertise includes the resolution of complex commercial contractual disputes, contentious probate, and professional negligence claims, as well as advising on parking law and private client matters. Matthew is an experienced CEDR accredited mediator, acting for both Claimants and Defendants in a  range of complex cases - one highly regarded mediator said of Matthew (Martin Plowman, Mediation1st (15 March 2019)) “Just a note to thank you for your hard work and skill in guiding your clients during the mediation today. I was pleased that the parties were able to reach … a sensible settlement.  I think you are a natural - as a mediation advocate you’re comfortable in the process, good humoured throughout, and firm but realistic”.


A dedicated fundraiser

Building on his passion for Africa, Matthew continually raises money for the St Lawrence Home of Hope Orphanage in Zambia and also for each year for Children in Need.

Previous experience

Matthew trained at Lee Bolton & Lee Solicitors, Westminster, before joining B P Collins in 1997 as a member of the disputes team.


Matthew graduated with LLB (Hons) from Exeter University in 1994, and went on to receive a commendation on the Legal Practice Course, York.

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