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Carol Matthews


Carol has been a leading solicitor in social housing for over twenty-five years. One interviewee for the Chambers’ directory stated, she is someone who "lives and breathes social housing.”

"Carol Matthews is a "leader in the field" who "lives and breathes social housing," according to sources. Peers are quick to add that she is "an absolute star in the funding area."

Chambers UK


  • Having pioneered the S133 repeal with the Government Carol is now working with RPs to uplift LSVT valuations having agreed the methodology to achieve this;
  • Drafted the documentation used in the sector for the VAT Shelters in LSVTs;
  • Acted in the security work for the Bond issues for the Longhurst, WM and Grand Union Housing Groups all completed in tight timescales using a methodology suggested by Carol, now market standard;
  • Setting up Security Trustee arrangements for Two Rivers Housing and Johnnie Johnson Housing Association;
  • Developed a title “Tidee” system for RPs, working alongside Stanfords, to give RPs an asset register following a full due diligence exercise linked in with title and development information and a web based link to geographical information. Used by the Longhurst Group, Severnside Housing, Monmouthshire Housing and many others.

"Carol Matthews is 'helpful and tenacious' and has led over 50 LSVTs in a strong career."

Legal 500 UK


Carol graduated from Warwick University with a history degree and qualified as a solicitor in 1980.



When not busy with her family, Carol enjoys the theatre, house restoration and literature.

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Mary Rouse - Property Litigation Lawyer
Mary Rouse Partner
James Leighfield - Commercial Property Lawyer
James Leighfield Associate
Melanie Mason - Housing and Plot Sales Lawyer
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