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Kain, Matthew

Chief Executive Officer



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Commercial, Insurance, Group Litigation Orders.

Role & Responsibilities

Matthew is Managing Director for the Kain Knight Group of companies. His responsibilities to the board include developing and implementing high-level strategies, monitoring the operational, marketing and business development and financial performances of the Group. Managing the allocation of resources and monitoring  the risk profile to deliver overall growth to the business.

Matthew sits on the Executive Board, which oversees the day-to-day management of the Kain Knight Group of companies, and is made up of over 120 employees both in the UK and overseas. He also sits on the Remuneration Committee.

Having graduated from Southampton Solent University and joined Kain Knight in 1997 as a trainee law costs draftsman to deal with legally aided matters. To broaden his experience, he moved into Kain Knight’s specialist insurance team dealing with, in particular, claims for Solicitors’ professional negligence. Following the advent of Conditional Fee Agreements, Matthew spent a great deal of time preparing and opposing substantial Bills in respect of high value personal injury claims. His expertise has also been needed to advise clients on costs recovery arising from Group Litigation Orders, Employment Tribunals and costs out of Central Funds. In 2005 he was appointed a Director of Kain Knight Group PLC and in 2008 Matthew became a Costs Lawyer. Since that time he has been involved in all aspects of legal costs arising from heavy commercial litigation, including those running with parallel cross-border disputes.

Education & Qualifications

Costs Lawyer.

Notable Cases

  • Libyan Investment Authority v Societe General
  • Al-Gaood v Innospec
  • JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablayzov
  • Boris Berezovsky v Roman Abramovich
  • (1) Boris Berezovsky (2) Petersham Holdings Limited -v- (1) Edmiston & Company Limited (2) Merle Wood & Associates Inc
  • Fiona Trust Holding Corporation & Others v H. Clarkson Ltd
  • Safeway Stores Ltd v Simon Twigger & Others
  • Various Claimants v Gower Chemicals
  • Various Claimants v Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust & Comhome Ltd.


Association of Costs Lawyers.


Married to Natalie, they have a daughter, Olivia and a son, Harrison. Matt still enjoys playing football and following Tottenham Hotspur. Depending on the season, you may also find him wakeboarding or snowboarding.


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