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Matthew knows that going to Court will probably be one of the most stressful experiences of your life and he brings his years of experience to support and advise you through the complexities of the Family Court.

Matthew’s expertise is in the division of married and unmarried couples’ property after separation. He complements this with his experience as a specialist in international children issues, especially relocation and abduction. Matthew has a unique background in professional rugby union and is instructed to represent players from a wide range of sporting backgrounds before disciplinary panels and in other regulatory environments.

In addition to his work as a barrister, Matthew sits as a Judge on a part-time basis. He is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. He has appeared at all levels including the Court of Appeal without Queen’s Counsel and the High Court. Matthew appears against senior family barristers and has appeared against Queen’s Counsel without being led himself. You can read more on his professional expertise here: http://www.stmarysflc.co.uk/barristers/more/?id=49

--Matrimonial Finance--

Matthew has a very busy practice representing husbands and wives in proceedings to divide their assets after separation, including in negotiations and multi-day final hearings. Matthew has a particular interest in the forensic nature of this work. He acts in cases of alleged fraud and those involving third party issues. His experience includes successfully arguing for the non-recognition of nuptial agreements. He advises foreign domiciled clients on the settlement of their financial disputes in England and recently appeared in the High Court for a German national, successfully securing her permission to apply for a financial remedy in this country.

He can provide his advice on the prospects of success in writing.

--Unmarried Couples--

Matthew is an expert in advising unmarried couples on the division of their property when they separate. He also advises couples on living together, including the preparation of cohabitation agreements to decide how property should be divided if they separate in the future.

--Children--

The focus of Matthew’s expertise is cases with an international dimension where one parent wishes to relocate a child to another country or there is an allegation of abduction. He has extensive experience of such applications from relatively local relocations within the European Union to jurisdictions further afield, such as South Africa and New Zealand.

--Sports Law Specialist--

Matthew combines his work as a barrister and his experience at the top end of professional rugby union as an Aviva Premiership referee to provide a full range sports disciplinary and regulatory sports law service. He can be instructed to advise and represent players across a range of sports and a range of experience, from renowned professional sportspeople to amateur athletes, in local and national hearings or arbitrations, with an obvious strength in rugby union. He is very aware of the significant time pressures in these cases and players and clubs can instruct him at short notice without needing a solicitor.

He has a keen understanding of the needs of professional sports men and women experiencing separation and is often instructed to represent them in their family proceedings.

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