Matthew is a partner in our corporate services department and leads the commercial litigation team in Ipswich.  He is a commercial litigator with a special interest in intellectual property law.

Commercial Litigation

Matthew's recent work includes advising in connection with, and claims arising from, the sale/purchase of companies/shares; other advisory work and claims in relation to contracts (principally in the manufacturing and agricultural industries); shareholder disputes; claims arising from professional negligence (involving solicitors, accountants and surveyors); claims in connection with individual and corporate insolvency, including the enforcement of guarantees.

Intellectual Property

Recent work includes advising in relation to claims in the fields of copyright, design right, trade mark infringement and passing off.

Matthew is based at our Ipswich office.

Other Information

Matthew has formerly been a part time academic at the University of Essex, and has taught the copyright and trade mark seminars on the LLM in Information Technology, Media and E-Commerce. He has delivered seminars at UCL's former Adastral Park Postgraduate Campus on the protection of ideas in the electronic environment by knowledge based industries, and on general intellectual property law. 

"The ‘astute’ Matthew Atkins is singled out for praise" and recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016]. He is also listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide.

In an earlier edition clients say he provides "relevant advice with expediency".

Matthew is named by Chambers [UK 2017] and is an “astute commercial litigator.” One client remarks: “Matthew always provides clear and succinct advice. He is also a jovial chap to whom it is always a pleasure to speak."

Previous editions describe Matthew as a responsive solicitor who is "practical and able to get to grips with the business aspects very quickly." He "is admired for his calm and methodical approach. Clients like his responsiveness and peers recognise his commercial and sensible advice". 

 legal 500 2016