Matthew Snarr

Matthew Snarr

Year of call:

2001, Inner Temple


Matthew Snarr

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Personal Injury Bar Association,
Health and Safety Lawyers Association


BVC, Inns of Court School of Law. LLB (Hons), University of Manchester. King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford upon Avon

Matthew is a specialist in personal injury and health & safety law facilitating in depth expertise as well as considerable experience.

Matthew is a trial lawyer. His instructions are predominately characterised by large loss claims involving significant factual disputes or contentious expert opinion evidence.  

A significant proportion of Matthew’s instructions are in the High Court and the remainder is complex or high value multi-track work in the County Court.

He is used to dealing with cases in excess of £1 million. Matthew is frequently instructed to act in disputes against Leading Counsel (both acting for Claimants and Defendants). He is used to working with Leading Counsel in cases which warrant representation by more than one barrister.

His work in the realm of insurance fraud encompasses systemic abuse of the CPR, false physiotherapy / psychotherapy claims and serious fraud proceedings involving organised fraud rings individuals or companies with an emphasis on acting for Defendants in this type of work.

Matthew appreciates that successful litigation is often born out of a good working relationship with his solicitor clients and lay clients. He appreciates his role working within a team dynamic and strives to provide a friendly service.

His work ethic is encapsulated by his 'gold standard' approach to work ensuring that the quality of his advisory and advocacy work achieves the standard of excellence his clients expect.

Matthew enjoys successful appellate advocacy and has appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court and County Court in numerous appeals. He advises and consults regularly on developing legal points (insurance law, tort law and the CPR) and policy.


- 'Intoxication and Inebriation: Another Later Night' Journal of Personal Injury Law 2015 (with Chris Kennedy QC)

-  'We Need To Talk About Katie' Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal Dec 2012 (with Michael Lemmy)

- 'Lights out for Excitement' New Law Journal 25.02.11

- 'Jelic v CC S.Yorks' - ELA Briefing 01.10.10

- 'Financially Entwined' New Law Journal 13.08.10

- 'Crash course in LVI claims' New Law Journal 27.01.06 (with Boyd Morwood)

- 'Proving it in Reverse' New Law Journal 13.03.09 (with Tim Horlock QC)

- 'Restoring Disorder' New Law Journal 08.12.06 (with Boyd Morwood)


Matthew has experience in public inquiry work having worked on the 1st phase of the Shipman Inquiry.

Matthew was a member of the British Debate Squad acting as an overseas debate coach in 2002. Matthew and his debating partner won the European Debating Championships 2001 on behalf of Inner Temple and were ranked 6th at the World Debating Championships 2002.

Matthew enjoys fell running, mountain marathons and skiing when he finds the time. 


Personal Injury (Northern Bar) Band 1
"His attention to detail is second to none, and clients and instructing solicitors love him because they know they will get forensic and commercially driven advice. He is absolutely outstanding."
"A very good negotiator who quickly grasps all the relevant issues."
"He's very sharp and a great trial advocate."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Personal Injury: Leading Junior Band 1
"An excellent trial advocate with a great eye for detail."

Legal 500 2020

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – ranked Tier 1
“His practice includes industrial disease, failed surgery and brain injury claims.”

Legal 500 2019

Personal Injury – Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 2)
"He is superb and a real one to watch. He is thorough, dynamic, leaves no stone unturned and is very tenacious."
"He is a very energetic and capable practitioner with an excellent reputation and a very busy practice."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

"An excellent junior. Very capable, good in terms of detail, a good negotiator and very good with clients."

Chambers and Partners 2018

'A health and safety specialist.'

Legal 500, 2017

'Known for acting in clinical negligence claims arising from failed surgery.'

Legal 500, 2017

"Specifically acts for defendants in cases of fraudulent motor insurance claims. He has a particular specialism in high-value proceedings and those relating to organised fraud rings." "Thorough, sensible and can talk to the client in a way that they can understand."

Chambers and Partners 2017

"Focuses his practice on personal injury and health and safety matters, with considerable expertise in employment liability. He has significant advocacy experience at both trial and appellate level, and regularly acts for clients in high-value claims. 'He's very capable and a good opponent, he does a good job for his clients.' 'A very good and very straightforward barrister.'"

Chambers and Partners 2016

"He acts on an array of personal injury claims, including high-value and complex disputes. He is often instructed by defendants on cases involving alleged fraud. 'He is a very astute and alert barrister.'"

Chambers and Partners 2016

"He's very clever, thorough, good on the detail, a good negotiator and very good on his feet." "He is exceptionally well prepared."

Chambers & Partners 2015

"He's a very determined litigator, who is very able, particularly when handling complex areas of law."

Chambers & Partners 2015

"Noted for his work on complex race discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. He is also known for handling negotiations and settlement agreements."

Chambers & Partners 2015

"He is approachable and accessible."

Legal 500 2014

"He is someone in whom you have confidence."

Legal 500 2014

"He stands out for his enthusiasm, application and commitment, his understanding of issues, and his eagerness. He brainstorms and tries to get the best possible angles"

Chambers & Partners 2014

"Matthew Snarr 'gets on well with clients and the instructing solicitor'."

Legal 500 - 2013

"demonstrates considerable talent"

Legal 500 2013

"The 'insightful and erudite' Matthew Snarr is another talented junior at the set. He is recognised for his 'outstanding cross-examination,' and was described by one solicitor as 'our first, second and third choice on tricky cases'."

Chambers & Partners 2013

"undertakes a large amount of health and safety work for the HSE and is recommended for his fearless manner"

Legal 500 2012

'extremely thorough and meticulous'

Legal 500, 2012

"Thorough accurate and intuitive"

Legal 500, 2011

"Very good with Clients"

Legal 500 2009

"Clients further heaped compliments on the 'very pragmatic' Matthew Snarr who will always go the extra mile."

Chambers & Partners 2009

"extremely good"

Chambers & Partners 2008

"Very firm but fair."

Chambers & Partners 2008

"Working well beyond his call."

Legal 500, 2007

"...enthusiastic recommendations from solicitors thanks to his 'supreme professionalism.' "

Chambers & Partners 2006

"Matthew Snarr appealsto Solicitors thanks to his'really sharp mind andability to get right to theimportant issues of a case'."

Chambers & Partners 2005

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