Instructed in cases involving children’s welfare and the division of married and unmarried couples’ property after separation. 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. Accepts instructions in cases concerning the welfare and finances of adults who cannot make decisions for themselves.

Appeared at all levels including the Court of Appeal without Queen’s Counsel and the High Court. Appears against senior family barristers and has appeared against Queen’s Counsel without being led himself. Very familiar with making urgent out-of-hours applications to the High Court for professional and non-professional clients.

--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.

--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.

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