Matthew is a non-practising solicitor and was formerly Senior Legal Adviser and Head of Continuous Improvement at the Legal Services Commission. He was also Legal Standards Principal at the Co-operative Legal Services.
Since 2008 he has been providing expert organisational development, compliance and strategy consultancy. He has particular expertise in SRA and BSB compliance issues, data protection (and GDPR) compliance and is recognised as a leading expert on the legal aid scheme (indeed he was a member of the managing committee at the Legal Aid Practitioner’s Group).
He also has a significant experience in public sector commissioning, working with local authorities and those bidding for public sector contracts.
Matthew regularly works with law firms and advice agencies advising and training on regulatory compliance and data security.
Much of his work centres around helping organisations plan and implement structural change to achieve efficiency, profitability and improved compliance and risk management. He is an experienced practice manager and a lead trainer on LAPG’s Certificate in Practice Management.
Matthew’s clients say:
“Matt Howgate offered us invaluable support as we took our think tank through a major restructure. He was thoughtful, generous and amazingly insightful at every step of the way. It felt as if he instantly understood our values and purpose and he designed organisational solutions that helped us redesign fundamental aspects of our governance while also building as wide support from staff and trustees as possible. We couldn’t have changed without him.” Marc Stears: CEO, New Economics Foundation
“Matthew’s encyclopaedic knowledge of regulatory matters, coupled with a down to earth, pragmatic approach to communicating his advice, have made him indispensable to us. Whether for urgent reassurance or help considering next steps, we feel in very safe hands.” Jenny Beck, Director at Beck Fitzgerald Solicitors
“I cannot recommend Matt Howgate highly enough. Matt has an unparalleled breadth and depth of knowledge across the entire legal services sector. He has a quick grasp of the key challenges impacting organisations and he takes the time to understand the specific context affecting your area of business. Moreover, his strategic and operational expertise are second to none ensuring that he is a significant asset as a consultant.” Kirsty Thomson: Partner / Director, JustRight Scotland