Matthew Howse

Matthew Howse | Litigation Dispute Resolution | Arthur Cox | Belfast
  • Matthew Howse
  • +44 28 9026 5548
  • Arthur Cox, Victoria House, Gloucester Street, Belfast BT1 4LS, Northern Ireland


Matthew is a Partner in the Belfast Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. Matthew joined Arthur Cox in 2010 having previously practised at HBJ Gateley Wareing LLP in England. During his time in England, Matthew specialised in insolvency litigation, both in the County Court and the High Court. Since moving to Northern Ireland, Matthew has been involved in a wide variety of primarily contentious work, acting for banks, insolvency practitioners and corporate and individual clients.


  • Acting on behalf of major Irish banking institution in relation to long-running litigation brought against it by a disgruntled and highly litigious borrower. Issues are wide ranging and complex, involving alleged fraud, breach of duty, misrepresentation, breach of contract, and other heads of claim.
  • Acted for the then administrator of the Presbyterian Mutual Society Limited in successfully obtaining Court sanction for a Scheme of Arrangement, a ground-breaking approach in Northern Ireland. Acting in on-going contentious matters on behalf of the joint supervisors of the Scheme of Arrangement.
  • Acting for a bank in defending claims by six borrowers (total lending in excess of £100 million) alleging undue influence and misrepresentation against the bank on the basis of alleged representations by a bank manager that the borrowers’ facilities would be renewed for a period of up to 20 years despite a lower defined term of lending in the accepted facilities. The case successfully resolved without the need for a trial.
  • Acted for a bank  in defending proceedings brought by three plaintiffs seeking damages as a result of the alleged mis-selling of interest rate swap products. The case successfully resolved without the need for a trial.
  • Acting for a bank defending proceedings brought by plaintiffs claiming recompense pursuant to a “phishing” fraud; first such case for this bank in Northern Ireland.
  • Acting for the liquidator of a company in relation to a potential assignment of three causes of action to a director/shareholder of the Company. The director/shareholder issued a summons seeking to compel the liquidator to assign the causes of action to him; a creditor issued a summons against the liquidator at the same time seeking to prevent the liquidator from assigning to the director/shareholder. At Court of Appeal stage.
  • Acting for major oil and distillates supplier in injunctive proceedings in relation to whether the oil supplier was obliged to continue to supply product to a major terminal in Northern Ireland.
  • Acting on behalf of a major pharmaceutical supplier, in relation to a tender for the procurement of oral nutritional supplements in primary and secondary care, run by a public body in Northern Ireland. The case involved procurement and judicial review proceedings being brought by our client. The issues raised were novel, and of UK wide application.
  • Acting for purchaser of portfolio of loan and other assets in relation to various contentious enforcement actions.
  • Acting for the administrator of a Northern Irish company in successfully challenging and setting aside a series of transactions which encumbered a group of assets to the detriment of creditors.
  • Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy in relation to complex cases involving cross-border insolvency issues. Working closely with colleagues in the firm’s Finance team in relation to these issues.
BA 2003, Grad Dip Law  2004, Legal Practice Course 2005  
Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales 2007; Northern Ireland 2010