Matthew Atkins


[Matthew's] "understanding, knowledge and advice are all of the highest standard”.

Chambers UK 2018


Matthew is a Partner in our Corporate Team and leads the Commercial Litigation Team in Ipswich. He is a commercial litigator with a special interest in intellectual property law. Matthew qualified as a Solicitor in October 1988.

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 in 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.

Matthew is named by Chambers [UK 2018]. Clients single out Matthew Atkins as a practitioner, with one observer stating: “He always keeps the client's interest in mind and is commercially aware. He is also pragmatic and open to discussing alternatives.”

In previous editions, clients stated: “Matthew always provides clear and succinct advice. He is also a jovial chap to whom it is always a pleasure to speak."

Matthew is also recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2017] and listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide.

Previous editions note that Matthew "is admired for his calm and methodical approach. Clients like his responsiveness and peers recognise his commercial and sensible advice".