Mathew Purchase

Mathew Purchase's practice includes all aspects of employment law, discrimination law, public law and human rights and civil liberties. He is on the Attorney General's B Panel and is a member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit and ELAAS. He is recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, which have described him as: ‘extremely intelligent’, ‘just superb - smooth, engaging and perfectly pitched’, and as someone who ‘always does excellent work’. Mathew has broad experience in public law and human rights, including community care, education, housing and civil actions against the police, from early advisory work to judicial review. Mathew has a strong interest in all aspects of education law and acts for parents/children, local authorities and schools at all levels. He has appeared in a number of judicial review claims; recent cases include R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (QBD, employment tribunal fees), R (Care North East Northumberland) v Northumberland County Council (CA, care home fees), R (Davis) v West Sussex Council (QBD, safeguarding of vulnerable adults), and R (Green) v Gloucestershire County Council (QBD, libraries closures).
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Judicial review—how to start proceedings
Practice Note

This Practice Note provides introductory guidance on the key procedural stages in a judicial review claim in the Administrative Court. In particular, it considers how to complete and serve a judicial review claim form, where to issue the claim, how to acknowledge and respond to the claim, the permission stage, what happens once permission has been granted, evidence and settlement. It also provides a brief introduction to proceedings in the Upper Tribunal and the Planning Court.

Judicial review—what it is and when it can be used
Practice Note

This Practice Note outlines the definition and scope of judicial review (also referred to as JR), what it is and when it is available. It provides introductory guidance to judicial review claims. It considers key preliminary and pre-action issues, such as who and what can be challenged and by whom, the grounds for bringing a claim in judicial review, the remedies that can be sought and when judicial review should and should not be used.

Affidavit responding to an application to inspect privileged documents
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft affidavit in response to an application to inspect documents that have been withheld from inspection on grounds of their being privileged pursuant to CPR 31.19. The accompanying Drafting Notes guide practitioners to further guidance and practical tips on various aspects raised in this draft affidavit objecting to the inspection of privileged documents.

Draft letter concerning privileged material inadvertently sent to opponent
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft letter written to the opponent in relation to privileged material inadvertently sent to them during the litigation process. It both notifies the other party that they have inadvertently received privileged material and requests various steps be taken in relation to that privileged material, including its immediate return and various assurances in relation to its current and future circulation and use. It also sets out the steps that may be taken (including applying for an injunction and/or an undertaking that those solicitors will cease to act) in the event those steps are not taken within the time frame given. The accompanying Drafting Notes guide practitioners to further guidance and practical tips on various aspects and topics raised in this draft letter concerning the inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents.

Draft letter responding to request to inspect privileged documents
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft letter responding to a request to inspect disclosed documents that have been withheld from inspection on grounds of their being privileged pursuant to CPR 31.19. It proposes wording for a number of situations, including where the party is willing to allow inspection, where the party wishes to maintain privilege, where the party is prepared to provide further information in relation to the assertion of privilege and where the dispute arises in relation to a specific document or category of documents. In doing so, it refers to Energy Solutions v NDA. The accompanying Drafting Notes guide practitioners to further guidance and practical tips on various aspects and topics raised in this draft letter responding to the request to inspect privileged documents.

Draft letter seeking inspection of privileged documents
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft letter seeking to inspect documents which have been disclosed but which are said to be privileged under CPR 31.19. It covers the situation where those documents have been identified and also where those documents have not been identified. It also covers the situation where the opponent is a corporate entity, thereby addressing the need for a strict definition of client. In doing so, it refers to various of the leading authorities on privilege (including Three Rivers and West London Pipeline). The accompanying Drafting Notes guide practitioners to further guidance and practical tips on various aspects and topics raised in this draft letter requesting inspection of privileged documents.

Draft memo for client about disclosure and privilege
Precedent

This Precedent and drafting note gives guidance on the information that should be sent to your client to explain disclosure and privilege under Part 31 of the CPR. It explains key concepts that it is important the client understands, including the meaning of document, control and privilege in the context of disclosure and the importance and relevance of those concepts and of protecting privilege so as to improve the likelihood of succeeding on their claim. The client should be encouraged to circulate the memo to key personnel as soon as a potential dispute arises.

Draft order for inspection of privileged documents
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft order directing the inspection of documents that have been disclosed but which are said to be privileged under CPR 31.19. In addition to providing for the inspection of privileged documents, it includes a provision for costs. The draft order should accompany the application notice and witness statement in support of an application for such inspection. The accompanying Drafting Notes guide practitioners to further guidance and practical tips on drafting an order requiring inspection of documents said to be privileged.

Draft order to recover inadvertently disclosed documents
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft order for the delivery up of privileged documents which were mistakenly sent to and/or received by the respondent. It sets out the steps required to be taken by the respondent and/or the respondent’s solicitors, including a provision requiring the respondent’s solicitor to cease acting. It also includes a costs provision. The accompanying Drafting Notes offer further guidance and practical tips for drafting an order for delivery up of inadvertently divulged privileged documents.

Draft response on inadvertently receiving privileged material
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft letter written in response to a letter from the other side notifying you that you have inadvertently received privileged documents and requesting various steps be taken and assurances given in relation to that material within a stated period of time. It provides suggested wording for a number of scenarios, including those where the other party's notification has been received before the relevant material has been reviewed; where the assertion of privilege is contested; where it is contended it was not obvious the documents were sent in error; and where it is contested any privilege has been lost and/or waived. The accompanying Drafting Notes guide practitioners to further guidance and practical tips on various aspects and topics raised in this draft letter responding to notification that you have inadvertently received privileged documents.

Evidence in support of an application for delivery up of inadvertently disclosed documents
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft affidavit/draft witness statement in support of an application for delivery up of documents which the respondent has received and which the applicant contends were privileged documents sent to the respondent inadvertently. It addresses issues including the establishment of legal professional privilege (LPP), the manner in which the documents were inadvertently disclosed and the pre-application correspondence and conduct. The accompanying Drafting Notes offer further guidance and practical tips when drafting such evidence in support of such a delivery up application.

Witness statement in response to application for delivery up of privileged material
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft witness statement in response to an application for delivery up of documents which the respondent has received and which the applicant contends were privileged documents sent to the respondent inadvertently. It contests (1) that the documents are protected by legal professional privilege (LPP) and (2) that they were sent in error. The accompanying Drafting Notes offer further guidance and practical tips when drafting evidence in response to such a delivery up application.

Witness statement in support of application to inspect privileged documents
Precedent

This Precedent is a draft witness statement in support of an application to inspect documents that have been withheld from inspection on grounds of being privileged pursuant to CPR 31.19. The accompanying Drafting Notes guide practitioners to further guidance and practical tips on various aspects and topics raised in this draft witness statement for an application to inspect privileged documents.

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