After a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge Matthew moved into the law.  He trained at City firm Ashurst and spent two years post qualification at the firm as a commercial litigator.  He left in 2000 to set up, the online legal community, and has worked for it ever since.

Matthew is also a founding director of BCKR, a venture designed to get partners at law firms on the boards of charities and NGOs, a visiting lecturer at BPP law school and a trustee of the Solicitors’ Benevolent Association.  He launched a scheme in the last recession enabling lawyers made redundant to provide free advice to charities and law centres.  He has just launched a new project in conjunction with St Mungo’s to get homeless people working at City law firms.  He was appointed an OBE in the 2011 New Year's List for services to legal pro bono.