Matt Pugh


I’ve always been a bit of a performer and I am very competitive, so I think there was something appealing about the idea of standing in court arguing someone’s case and working out clever ways to solve problems.  I  was introduced to property litigation during my training contract and chose to qualified into the firm’s property litigation team.  I liked the guys in the team and took to the fast paced nature of the work.  Eventually I found that I developed a flair for identifying the ‘real’ issues and the commercial dynamic.

My practice encompasses all aspects of commercial, residential and agricultural property disputes; including landlord and tenant matters, boundary disputes, adverse possession, rights of way, rights of light, ransom strips, contamination, dangerous buildings, squatters, contractual issues, restrictive covenants, nuisance, village green registrations, leasehold enfranchisement and property-based professional negligence. I frequently deal with tribunal work and land registry adjudications as well as traditional court based litigation and I have a high success rate at mediation.  Some of the cases I deal with are very straightforward (for example terminating an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for rent arrears), but some are immensely complex.  For example, I recently acted in a reported case concerning a bus station in Wales, where land law and competition law collided in an unprecedented manner, involving complex expert evidence from economists and working with a leading QC. I’ve worked on close to 5,000 cases in my law career so far.

My clients are from a diverse range of sectors, but i have particular experience working within the transport industry and have acted for many of the national players in the rail and bus sector.  I also regularly act for high net worth buy to let property investors based both in the UK and around the world, with a particular focus on the London residential property market.  Described by kind clients in Legal 500 (2017 edition)  as “forward-thinking”, “head and shoulders above the competition” and having knowledge that is “second to none” and, being ranked as a leading individual in the Chambers Guide, I’ve built up a strong reputation within my specialist area.

I trained at Leeds firm Ford & Warren and qualified into their property litigation team in 2001. I then moved to Clarion where I was promoted to senior associate.  From there I went on to found and lead successful specialist property litigation teams at 3 consecutive firms; Lee & Priestley, Langleys and 3volution, attracting positive media recognition, being instructed by a string of high profile clients across the globe and attaining partnership in 2012.

I had been thinking about setting up my own firm for some time.  I was disillusioned with the politics of being a partner in a traditional firm and not getting a fair share of the revenue generated from my practice.  I did the maths and it was clear that the Legal Studio model would have all the financial benefits of running my own firm, but without the risk and hassle. Working at Legal Studio is like a breath of fresh air; the working environment is modern, informal and collaborative. The directors here are lovely guys and are both supportive and unpretentious.   Being self-employed also gives you the freedom to work when and how you want and the firm’s cloud-based IT enables that.

I’m married with 2 daughters and any spare time not spent with them, I spend performing and collaborating with local musicians.  I also try to keep in reasonable shape by running, cycling and competing in triathlon. 

Specialist Areas of Interest

Property Disputes

Transport Disputes

Landlord and Tenant

Agricultural Property

Matt Pugh Client Testimonials

“Matt's in-depth knowledge and utmost professionalism led me to a swift conclusion of the issue saving me significant time and money. I would highly recommend Matt for any property litigation issue.”
William, Senior Consultant at BurnsSheehan:

Matt Pugh Client Testimonials

“One of the best property litigation solicitors around. Matt's in-depth knowledge and approachable and friendly style set him apart. I can't recommend highly enough.”
Peter, Credit Control Team Leader at Marsh & Parsons:

Matt Pugh Client Testimonials

“Matt fights your corner with unparalleled knowledge and with a human edge. In undertaking our dispute, he perceptively outwitted his rival. He conveys the legal jargon to you honestly and clearly keeping commercial focus as a priority, which reassures you at every juncture.”
Guy, a client of Matt's

Matt Pugh Client Testimonials

"Once again many thanks for an outstanding job at such a short notice"
Confidential client in relation to a Property Injunction: