Mathew McDermott

Mathew's specialist practice focuses exclusively on all matters relating to and concerning landlords and tenants, whether the setting is residential or commercial.

He has considerable experience at the Bar ' and at a specialist housing firm before that ' in dealing with any landlord and tenant matter: issues of occupation, of possession, of a property's condition, disputes over leases (of any nature), rents, succession, assignments, sub-tenancies, nuisance and environmental protection and discrimination and human rights in the landlord and tenant context.

Mathew has a particular interest in, and experience of, anti-social behaviour and the ever-changing attempts at dealing with it. He has dealt with many cases of serious violence, as well as cases involving the supply of Class A drugs and prolonged and sustained campaigns of harassment. Mathew is also experienced at dealing with anti-social behaviour generally, beyond the housing context.

For years he has been giving lectures and seminars in London and beyond to solicitors on developments in the law relating to landlords and tenants (ranging from procedural changes, human rights, disrepair, deposit disputes, anti-social behaviour and more), as well as having recorded numerous podcasts for the well-known CPD-provider CPD cast and published in the legal press.

Mathew is a specialist landlord and tenant barrister.

Practice areas


  • The Property Bar Association


  • Contributing Author


  • University of Warwick (LLB) (Hons)
  • Nottingham Law School (Bar Vocational Course)
  • Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands (LLM in Public International Law) Cum Laude honours

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