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Matthew Hattersley


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"A good negotiator. He can get to the bottom of an issue and work out a sensible solution during heated negotiations. Calm and creative in terms of moving problems on. He gets the job done in a way that makes sense to us as a business." (Chambers UK)

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Leading Clarion’s commercial and IT team, Matthew advises on all aspects of commercial law including IT contracts, outsourcing data protection – including the General Data Protection Regulation and general business contracts. Matthew also heads up Clarion’s growing renewables and energy sector.

If you have a question for Matthew please drop him an email - matthew.hattersley@clarionsolicitors.com.

“All my training and experience has embedded the principle that commercial legal advice must be straightforward and actionable by our clients. By making sure I understand the context of each matter, my advice and/or documentation can be tailored to help clients achieve their commercial objectives with the minimum of jargon, paperwork and hold ups.

 “My role with clients also benefits from working on matters with a wide variety of issues, size and complexity. Typical work that I advise on includes agreements for: agency and distribution; supply of goods and services; logistics; IT service agreements; outsourcing (with both a focus on IT and on general services) and franchising. I also advise and deliver training on the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Several times during my career I have also had the opportunity to work in-house on secondment. This provided invaluable experience and opened my eyes to the sort of information, advice and interaction that will improve and refine our offering to in-house lawyers.

“I joined Clarion in 2010 because of the challenge offered to me: to establish a commercial team delivering high quality and business focussed services. The progress we’ve made has been tremendous, doing fantastic work for great clients. Recognition by Chambers and Legal 500 (ranked only behind the ‘big six’ in Leeds) endorses the headway we’ve already made and creates a challenge to rise to in future years.”

Career Path

1994 - University of Leicester - LLB (hons)
1995 - College of Law - Legal Practice Course
1996 - Eversheds - Trainee and then Solicitor
2010 - Clarion - Head of Commercial and IT team

He's a very easy person to get along with, and he understands that we're trying to be pragmatic and commercial in what we do.

Chambers UK 2019

He understood where we were trying to get to and he delivered.

Chambers UK 2018

Matthew is 'good at grasping complex issues and turning them into straightforward agreements'.

Legal 500