Public and Regulatory

Matthew is regularly instructed by the State to draft statements of case and appear in the Queen’s Bench Division and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).  Matthew’s judicial review practice primarily relates to immigration claims where he acts for the Home Secretary and he has also been instructed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.  He also appeared on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in a Child Support Agency-related substantive judicial review matter.

Matthew also acts for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in claims under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

In the education sphere, Matthew has acted on a number of a occasions for a local authority seeking to obtain injunctions against parents who have failed to comply with bans put in place preventing them from entering the school premises or harassing school staff.

Matthew has also previously appeared on behalf of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and the UK Border Agency in magistrates’ courts and the First Tier Tribunal.

As well as accepting instructions for the State, Matthew is keen to develop his judicial review practice and is happy to advise and act on claimant-related cases.

In October 2014, he appeared, in a personal capacity as a Roll B Agent, on behalf of three petitioners before the House of Commons High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill Select Committee who had petitioned against the Bill.

Recent cases

  • R (on the application of Singh and another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department IJR [2015] UKUT 538 (IAC), [2015] All ER (D) 29 (Oct) – Acting for the Defendant in two substantive judicial review matters, heard together, involving challenges to refusals to grant entry clearance sought under the Tier 5 temporary workers – religious workers provisions.
  • R (on the application of Szrajner) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 2529 (Admin), [2015] All ER (D) 3016 (Jun) – Acting for the Defendant in a substantive judicial review matter involving an allegation of unlawful detention and procedural issues leading to a late-adjournment application.
  • R (on the application of A) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2014, QBD) – Acting for the Defendant in a substantive judicial review matter involving a dispute as to child support maintenance payments.
  • Repec & Repec v Director of Border Revenue [2011] UKFTT 757 (TC) – Acting for the Respondent in an appeal relating to the seizure of almost 60,000 cigarettes and a vehicle containing the same under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.


Handles a wide range of landlord and tenant disputes. He is also equipped to advise on easements and boundary disputes relating to both residential and commercial property.
Strengths: "He is a very reliable commercial adviser who is flexible and supportive." "He is a very good trial advocate and takes a very pragmatic approach in problem solving."
Recent work: Successfully acted for a claimant in a case involving allegations of trespass, nuisance and harassment, as well as a claim for rectification of the Land Registry.
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2020 - Real Estate Litigation Western circuit - Band 3

‘Knowledgeable, thorough, and client-friendly.'
Legal 500 2020/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Property – Leading juniors

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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

  • Appointed Deputy District Judge, 2019
  • Member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown 2012 – 2018.

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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