Matthew Dowell


I originally worked for a global IT company after completing my Degree in Management, Marketing and Software Engineering at Lancaster University. I worked across a number of industry sectors, focussing on early AI and expert systems, before eventually deciding to re-train as a lawyer. I completed my legal training at York College of Law in 1994 with a commendation and I qualified at Dibb Lupton Broomhead (as then was) in 1996. I’ve always maintained a keen interest in IT, new media and technology and new ways of doing business and I believe that the Legal sector will change radically over the next ten years.

I like variety and challenge and I have resisted the urge to specialise, so I’m comfortable in a number of different legal areas, most notably: contract disputes and breach of contract claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, construction disputes, commercial agents regulations, intellectual property and cohabitation & trusts of land claims.  My experience covers most areas of business and contentious law and I’ve worked for a range of clients from sole traders to multi-national companies. I also act for individuals in certain specialist areas such as contract disputes, professional negligence, construction and high value co-habitation claims. I also conduct my own advocacy when I can. I enjoy the unpredictability and challenge of dealing with disputes and I like helping clients resolve their problems.

I worked as a solicitor post-qualification for nearly 20 years at a number of large and medium sized practices in Leeds, namely Dibb Lupton Broomhead, Dension Till and Lee and Priestley, before setting up Legal Studio in 2014.

Whilst I enjoy working in law, I don't like the restrictions placed upon lawyers by most law firms including all the law firms for which I have worked. As a conscientious solicitor, I always give my best for my clients and I don't want to work in an environment where management think it essential to control every aspect of my life. I want to work reasonable hours to spend time with my family and I want to see the upside from working hard and being successful. I think many lawyers feel the same way and Legal Studio is created for lawyers like that. 

Legal Studio is a great place to work; it’s fun, challenging, friendly and supportive. We work hard for our clients, we work when we want to (and for who we want to work for) and we have fun.  We also get paid properly for the work we do and when the firm benefits, we all benefit.

When I’m not working, I’m fell walking, cooking, skiing and spending time relaxing with family.

Specialist Areas of Interest

Contractual Disputes

Co-habitation Disputes

Professional Negligence


Matthew Dowell Client Testimonials

“I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help in sorting out this matter. I still cannot believe that the matter was settled in full.”
Jacqueline Wolstenholme. Highcliffe Engineering Limited

Matthew Dowell Client Testimonials

"Thank you so much you were brilliant.”
Cohabitation Client

Matthew Dowell Client Testimonials

"I've learnt more in the last twenty minutes than I have in the last ten years".
Commercial Agents Advice Client

Matthew's Latest Blogs

We just wanted to say a big Legal Studio Thank You! to everyone who applied for our paralegal to trainee role.

We had an exceptionally high standard of applications on paper and everyone performed really well in the interviews. It's going to be a tough choice for us.

We know that it's difficult out there at the moment for aspiring lawyers to get started or to secure a Training Contract and we wish we could offer more opportunities (maybe next year).

In the meantime, we hope that all our applicants get the opportunities they fully deserve. Keep persevering and good luck to you all!

PS. The picture of Wolfgang (Wolfie) as a puppy was entirely gratuitous, as is the picture below now that he's grown up abit.

Wolfgang2.jpg  Wolfie at Long Meg in Penrith, Cumbria
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Can’t wait to go back to the Office? No, thought not. Get in touch with Legal Studio and we’ll explain how you can be happier, wealthier and enjoy work again. We are only a Zoom call away.

P.S. There's a Bonus prize [*] if you can spot Theresa May in the photograph below.

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Following Covid-19, remote working in the legal sector became ubiquitous overnight. How can firms control and manage risk, and ensure that they remain compliant?

Legal Studio's Ian McCann attended April 2021's Law Society Round table event which discussed risk and compliance in the context of remote working. The full article can be viewed here.

Ian featured in the section enitled 'People', parts of which are reproduced below:


As a profession, the law has always policed its ‘gateway’, with members assessed most heavily on entry. It is no surprise therefore that careful recruitment is the most important risk safeguard for many.

‘The greatest risk management tool that you’ve got is actually recruitment,’ Ian McCann, chief executive of Leeds litigation firm Legal Studio, says. ‘Start right with culture and character – find the right people to become part of your team.’

Legal Studio operates on a consultant model. McCann advises that when looking at candidates, the way to do it is ‘reckless honesty’. ‘Having those conversations with people and understanding: why do you want to do this? What motivates you? What is it that you want to bring to this? Why do you want to become a consultant? What does your client base look like?’

Keeping the welfare of consultants front of mind is also important in limiting risk, he adds: ‘Make sure you’re looking out for them, because another risk factor is that it’s been a challenging year.’

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