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Matt has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist property litigator, acting for clients ranging from owner managed businesses and individuals to international corporations, such as Del Monte, Stagecoach and ALS Global. His reported cases include Red and White Services Ltd v Phil Anslow Ltd & Anor  EWHC 1699 (Ch) and Hurley v The Darjan Estate Company Plc  EWHC 189.
Matt’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial, residential and agricultural property disputes, including disputes concerning landlord and tenant relationships, boundaries, adverse possession, easements, ransom strips, trespassers, development contracts, restrictive covenants, nuisance, village green registrations and property-based professional negligence. He frequently deals with tribunal work and contested land registry applications as well as traditional court based litigation and has a high success rate at mediation.
Matt’s clients come from a diverse range of sectors, but he has particular experience advising transport operators in the rail and bus sectors and has acted for most of the major players. He also regularly acts for high net worth property investors and landlords based both in the UK and around the world, with a particular focus on the London residential property market.
Matt is ranked in the latest edition of the Chambers & Partners UK Guide as a leading individual for property litigation in the North East & Yorkshire. The guide, which conducts extensive interviews of clients and senior lawyers, has described Matt as being:
“…praised by clients and peers alike for his ‘excellent level of knowledge’ and for being ‘a pleasure to work with’. He is a true property specialist whose recent work includes litigation on behalf of major transport operators.”
Matt trained at Leeds firm Ford & Warren and qualified into their property litigation team in 2001. He then moved to Clarion where he was promoted to senior associate. From there Matt went on to found and lead successful specialist property litigation teams at a number of firms, including Langleys, where he attaining partnership in 2012. Prior to setting up Hägen Wolf, Matt worked as a self-employed consultant with Legal Studio.
Matt is an active member of the Property Litigation Association and sits on its northern committee. He has had articles and comment published in a range of online and printed media including the Estates Gazette and the Times, and has presented at ARLA conferences.
A keen musician, Matt features on songwriter Paul Davy’s 2019 album, Ancestors. He 'likes' to undertake a physical challenge each year to force him to exercise and to raise money for charity. This year it is the Marmotte Granfondo in the Alps (one of the toughest road bike courses in the world) and Matt will be raising money for The Children's Hospital Charity.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a Masters degree in English Literature, Philip spent over four years working in-house for a financial services company, specialising in arrears management, shortfall recovery, and professional negligence and working closely with external lawyers. Philip studied for his post-graduate GDL and LPC whilst working full time. He trained with Matt at Leeds firm 3volution before following Matt to Legal Studio, where he completed his training contract. Philip has been with Hägen Wolf since its launch in January 2020.
Philip has a broad practice, but has particular experience in residential and commercial landlord and tenant cases, and is keeping a close eye on legal reform in the buy-to-let market. Philip also has notable trial experience and gets fired up fighting his clients’ corner. Clients describe him as "outstanding... left no stone unturned", "always on hand" and "accurate, timely and thorough"
Outside of work, Philip loves baking, going to gigs and watching his beloved Bradford City play at Valley Parade. Having narrowly missed out on tickets for Glastonbury this year, he has just bought tickets to the Primavera festival in Barcelona to ease the disappointment.
Keith graduated from Leeds University in 1996 after studying English Language and Literature. His career to date has seen him working in management for a variety of manufacturers, a stockbroker and Asda, but, more recently, as a freelance practice manager in the legal profession.
Keith has a key role in the firm’s day to day management and the implementation of its growth strategy. Amongst other things, he manages the firm’s supplier relationships and keeps the office running like clockwork. He is also the firm’s HR manager and mental health first aider.
In his spare time he plays football (badly) and loves discovering new music, going to gigs and festivals.
Rachel is an award-winning executive assistant with 20 years’ experience in the business administration industry and an ILM certificate in leadership and management. Rachel has experience at board, director and senior management level and in leading successful teams of personal assistants and Administrators.
Rachel founded her own business, Streamline VA Services in 2017 to help professionals and business owners to grow, giving them the freedom to focus their attention on their business and to achieve work/life balance. She supports the managers of the firm in keeping the office running smoothly and in developing and implementing efficient systems.
When not working, Rachel enjoys spending outdoor time with her family and her dog, Jarvis.
Julie is a CIMA qualified Finance Director and Secretary with a proven track record of delivering sustainable growth in a range of sectors including manufacturing, engineering and the legal sector. Julie works closely with the management team to help ensure that the finances of the business remain healthy and geared for growth and acts as a trusted business advisor on strategic issues.
Outside of work, Julie enjoys running, pilates, reading and making jigsaws. She also has good taste in music and is a huge David Bowie fan.
Lorraine’s career spans over 30 years in the legal services sector giving her unparalleled insight into the inner workings of law firms. During this time, she has gained practice management experience at DLA Piper and Addleshaws as well as smaller practices in Leeds and London.
Lorraine's consultancy business, Cherrington Consulting assists law firms with practice management and compliance. She works closely with the management team, the COLP and COFA to help ensure that the firm has user-friendly, but water-tight systems in place that protect clients’ interests and comply with all legal and regulatory requirements. Lorraine spends most of the year in Spain and works remotely.
She enjoys exploring new places, the Spanish culture and weather and the local Rueda Verdejo.
Nigel is a freelance advisor and the firm’s strategic IT adviser. He runs his own private consultancy business and has played a key role in developing and implementing the IT strategy of a number of law firms including Clarion and Hudgells.
He has particular expertise in devising and implementing IT strategies that support growth and leading tech introduction and integration during MBOs, mergers, start-ups and geographical expansion. Nigel oversees the firm’s IT strategy and implementation and keeps ahead of the curve on new tech developments. He also acts as a trusted advisor on wider issues.