Matthew Cannings

Year of Call: 2006
Email Address: matthew.cannings@3pb.co.uk
Secure Email: matthew.cannings@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 011 7928 1520

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Commercial

Matthew’s practice in commercial law is primarily based in insolvency and contractual disputes.

Matthew is regularly instructed in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, acting for both creditors and debtors, advising and appearing in the High Court and County Court and he has experience of setting aside statutory demands and restraining advertisement of winding-up petitions.  Matthew also acts for companies or individuals in contract-related disputes.

Before coming to the Bar, Matthew obtained a distinction in his commercial-based masters degree at the University of Durham where he studied, amongst other things, company law, corporate governance, obligations and international intellectual property law.

Recent cases 

  • A v B (2016) – Advising upon the exercise and enforcement of a lien in relation to an insolvent company
  • S v P (2016, County Court) – Representing siblings and executors in a claim against another sibling for alleged wrongful acquisition of their late-mother’s money, involving allegations of civil fraud and undue influence.

ENERGY GROUP  

Matthew is an experienced advocate, regularly appearing in fast track and multi-track claims in the High Court and County Court.  Matthew is experienced in matters relating to debt recovery and contractual disputes and has been instructed by two of the ‘big six’ energy companies (both when the claimant in proceedings and when the defendant), as such he is familiar with the deemed contract provisions.  As well as this, Matthew is often instructed in matters which involve litigants in person.

He is also a member of 3PB’s Property and Estates group and is therefore well-placed to act in cases which also involve elements of property and/or chancery law, such as insolvency.

BUSINESS ENTITIES 

Matthew’s practice in commercial and business law is primarily based in insolvency and contractual disputes.  Matthew is an experienced commercial practitioner, typically accepting instructions in cases involving partnerships and disputes involving sole traders.

INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY 

Matthew’s practice in commercial and business law is primarily based in insolvency and contractual disputes.

He is regularly instructed in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, acting for both creditors and debtors, advising and appearing in the High Court and County Court and he has experience of setting aside statutory demands and restraining advertisement of winding-up petitions.

Matthew is also a member of 3PB’s Property & Chancery group and is therefore well-placed to act in cases which also involve elements of property and/or chancery law, such as insolvency matters relating to commercial landlords and tenants.

Recent cases

  • A v B (2016) – Advising upon the exercise and enforcement of a lien in relation to an insolvent company
  • C Ltd v D Ltd (2015) – Advising upon and acting in a claim involving an application for relief from forfeiture by a company that had entered in to a CVA although that was not the reason for the forfeiture.

TRADING AND BUSINESS FINANCING 

Matthew’s practice in commercial and business law is primarily based in insolvency and contractual disputes.  Matthew is an experienced commercial practitioner, typically accepting instructions in matters including civil fraud.

Recent cases 
S v P (2016, County Court) – Representing siblings and executors in a claim against another sibling for alleged wrongful acquisition of their late-mother’s money, involving allegations of civil fraud and undue influence.

Publications

  • 2nd Mar 2017

    3PB Barrister Matthew Cannings examines solicitors' duty to advise on the risk of other contractual meanings. If a solicitor correctly interprets a term within a contract, but fails to advise the client as to the risk of a counter-interpretation, has there been a breach of duty? And can there be a claim for damages?

    Matthew Cannings (Call 2006) analyses the most recent contribution of the Court of Appeal to the question of solicitors' duties, in Balogun v Boyes Sutton & Perry (a firm) [2017] EWCA Civ 75.

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Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) AKC – King’s College London
  • LLM (Dunelm) – University of Durham
  • Bar Vocational Course – Nottingham Law School
  • A Blackstone Entrance Exhibitioner of the Middle Temple

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Attorney-General’s Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) 2012

Professional bodies

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Direct Access

Matthew Cannings is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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