Matthew Royal


Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Public Law, Real Property


Matthew is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Department with significant experience as lead and instructing counsel in matters before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and the Industrial Disputes Tribunal. Matthew’s practice focuses on Commercial and Civil Litigation, to include local and cross-border contractual disputes; contentious intellectual property claims dealing with Trade Mark and Copyright Infringement and Passing Off; land disputes involving contentious restrictive covenant applications, adverse possession and disputes arising from commercial lease agreements; as well as Constitutional Law and Judicial Review of decisions of public bodies. Matthew also maintains an active Labour and Industrial Relations desk where he advises and represents large scale employers in the Tourism, Manufacturing, and Transportation sectors.        


Parkins et al v Cari-Med Group Limited et al [2021] JMSC Civ. 183

Instruction Counsel

(Associated injunction application and appeals to the Court of Appeal of Jamaica) in which an MFG team successfully defended a claim of breaches of certain constitutional rights brought by employees of the islands largest pharmaceutical distributor relating to the employer’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy; the first matter of its type in the island.

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Clarke v University of Technology, Jamacia et al [2022] JMCA App. 30,

Lead Counsel

Successfully resisting an application to appeal against an award of wasted costs made in favour of the University in the Court below.  

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Chen v University of the West Indies [2022] JMCA Civ. 19

Instructing Counsel

Concerning a claim of alleged breaches of constitutional rights relating to the jurisdiction of the University’s Visitor in which the claim against the University was struck out. 

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Premium Produce Export Limited v Johnson [2022] JMCC Comm 8

Lead Counsel

Concerning the termination of a commercial lease agreement, recovery of possession of property and damages in excess of 30 Million Dollars. 

Juici Beef Limited (t/a Juici Patties) v Kidd [2021] JMCA Civ. 29,

Lead Counsel

A successful procedural appeal from a decision in the court below refusing the appellant’s application to join a new part and amend its statement of case. 

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Phoenix Printery Limited v Ashcar Printing Solutions Limited [2022] JMCC

Lead Counsel

Comm 25 obtaining judgment and cost in excess of 11 Million Dollars in favour of the claimant in a breach of contract claim. 

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University of the West Indies, Faculty of Law, in Real Property, Tort, Legal Methods Research and Writing, and international mooting  

Adjunct Tutor

JamaicaN Bar Association


Wolmer’s Preparatory School

Former Director



Legal Education Certificate, Norman Manley Law School


Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of the West Indies

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