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Matthew is dual-qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and an attorney in the United States, where he is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland. He joined Richard Buxton as a consultant in autumn 2016 and became a permanent member of staff in spring 2017.
Matthew advises clients on a wide range of environmental legal issues. He represents private individuals, residents’ groups and NGOs in planning and environmental judicial reviews and statutory nuisance claims and his work also involves disputes before tribunals, submissions in planning and enforcement appeals, and in local plan examinations.
Prior to joining the firm, Matthew worked for a number of years at the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the leading environmental conservation organisations in the U.S., first in their Washington DC office and later from London. At NRDC, Matthew managed litigation and other advocacy efforts to protect public lands, health and the environment from fossil fuel extraction, with a particular focus on fracking.
Matthew earned his law degree, with honours, from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.