"Matthew is a star of the future. He's on top of his papers, a strong and imaginative advocate, and completely undaunted by a more senior opponent."Chambers and Partners 2019
According to Chambers and Partners UK 2019:
“Matthew is a star of the future…”
"… on top of his papers, a strong and imaginative advocate, and completely undaunted by a more senior opponent."
According to Chambers and Partners UK 2018:
“A rising presence who is capable of handling complex money issues. He is also well versed in cohabitation disputes and private law children work. He is already earning a reputation among lawyers as a creative and analytical practitioner.”
"Gets to grips with cases with superb speed. He’s an excellent advocate who is very good with clients."
Matthew specialises in financial remedies arising out of relationship breakdown, including divorce and cohabitation (frequently with a trusts or international element), and private law children work (occasionally with a public law slant). He considers himself first and foremost to be an advocate for the client’s cause and, in particular, an effective trial advocate well used to witness handling in complex cases. However he is not shy of giving robust advice when needed and will go the extra mile to achieve a settlement that is in the client’s interests. Matthew is not unfrequently led by (and up against) Queen’s Counsel in both complex and high-value cases. Notwithstanding the ‘rankings’ and chambers’ pre-eminent reputation for financial work, Matthew is - and will remain - committed to undertaking both financial remedies and children law work, whether in Central London or on circuit (in particular Wales and the West Country. Matthew retains a door tenancy at St John’s Chambers, Bristol).
Matthew was invited to join chambers in 2009 following the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Justin Warshaw, Nicholas Yates (both of whom have since taken silk) and Eleanor Harris.
He has taught undergraduate family law at the LSE and King’s College London. Prior to joining chambers Matthew was a Lord Denning (Major) and Hubert Greenland scholar (both Lincoln’s Inn) and a winner or finalist in various mooting competitions including the Inter-Provider competition. After joining chambers he spent a number of months in 2010 as a Pegasus Scholar in the Supreme Court and Family Court of New Zealand.
Finance: Jurisdiction disputes, financial remedies, financial relief after overseas divorce (‘Part III’), nuptial agreements, trusts, enforcement.
Children law / Schedule 1 / TOLATA: Matthew is "well versed in cohabitation disputes and private law children work" (Chambers and Partners 2018)
Other: Inheritance Act, Court of Protection, professional negligence (in family cases).
Whittingham v Whittingham  EWHC 3318 (Fam)
Russell J – a hopeless cause but one which, at least in the substantive litigation, involved difficult questions relating to the law of receivership
Arbili v Arbili  1 FLR 473
Court of Appeal led by Bruce Blair QC – inheritance, Imerman, confidentiality, non-disclosure
CS v ACS and anor  1 FLR 131
Munby P – an important case on appeals against consent orders and non-disclosure, which led to part of the FPR 2010 being declared ultra vires
AC v SC  EWFC B76
HHJ Wildblood QC – agreements
J. Herring, “Aggrieving agreements”, NLJ, 4th September 2015
Mann v Mann  2 FLR 1116
Court of Appeal led by Stephen Trowell QC - interim maintenance, capitalisation, enforcement
A v L (Departure from Equality: Needs)  1 FLR 985
Moor J – a leading authority on needs, departures from equality, and maintenance in cases involving limited assets
Traversa v Freddi (Part III Application Following Italian Divorce)  EWHC 2101 (Fam)  1 FLR 324
Bodey J led by Justin Warshaw QC - Part III
Lofthouse v Box  EWHC 1795 (Ch)
Birss J led by John Wilson QC – cohabitation, constructive trusts, illegality
W (a Child)  EWCA Civ 1648
Munby LJ – leave to remove children to Romania, stays pending appeal
During pupillage Matthew assisted on high profile cases such as MacLeod in the Privy Council and Agbaje in the Supreme Court.
Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters, 19th ed. Chapter on ‘Appeals’ in financial remedy cases
Author of ‘Consent orders: overview’ for Practical Law
A question of add-back: Rapp v Sarre (Formerly Rapp)  EWCA Civ 93, Lexis PSL, 01/03/2016
Illicitly obtained evidence--what are the rules? Arbili v Arbili  EWCA Civ 542,  All ER (D) 228 (May), Lexis PSL, 09/06/2015
‘Compensation in Financial Remedies Cases – Parthian Shots and The Emperor’s New Clothes’, Family Law Week, 29/08/2014
'There is an A in ADR but Does Anyone Know What it Means Any More?' (2009) 28 Civil Justice Quarterly 218
Evolving Opportunities: A Non-Discloser's Charter? Bokor-Ingram v Bokor-Ingram (Fam Law Vol 39 No 8 2009 (pp 649-776))
Credit Crunch in the Court of Appeal: Myerson v Myerson (Fam Law Vol 39 No 6 2009 (pp 463-556))
The Meaning of MacLeod (Fam Law Vol 39 No 4 2009 (pp 269-370))
The continuing role of the FDR judge after Myerson, Family Law Week, 05/03/2009
Associate member, St John’s Chambers (Western Circuit)
BA, London School of Economics
LLM, University College, London
Haberdashers’ Monmouth School
From the Wye Valley, a passionate follower of Welsh rugby and English cricket. He once worked in Parliament for a now former cabinet minister.