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Chancery, Commercial and Insolvency

Matthew Haynes


Clerk Enquiries:


(Year of Call 1991)

Joined Chambers: 1992


MA (Oxon)



Chancery work includes:

  • Contentious and Non-Contentious probate: Matthew's contentious probate work includes issues relating to the validity of wills, including forged wills, the construction and rectification of wills, testamentary estoppel, as well as the removal of executors.
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975: Matthew has represented various parties including disabled applicants, minors and widows after short marriages.
  • He has undertaken direct access work in these fields and, besides court and advisory work, he has represented parties at mediation.
  • Real Property Disputes: including Boundary Disputes, Adverse Possession, Easements, Restrictive Covenants, Leasehold Enfranchisement.
  • Matthew has also appeared before the Lands Tribunal and Land Registry Adjudicator. 


Commercial work includes;

  • Professional Negligence relating to solicitors, particularly in a conveyancing context, surveyors, trustees and some construction work.
  • Sale of Goods.
  • Insolvency in either a property or matrimonial context.
  • Commercial Landlord & Tenant matters including dilapidations.
  • Commercial Property Disputes including acting for local authorities
  • Mortgages & Partnership Disputes

Recent work has included seeking injunctive relief against a political party in relation to council elections.


Legal 500 2016: "He engenders respect without a hint of arrogance, and is calm and collected when under pressure on his feet."

Legal 500 2015: "His practice spans sale of goods, professional negligence and Chancery matters."

Chambers & Partners 2015: "Matthew is an articulate and no-nonsense advocate who presents his case with the ear of the court and delivers in a cool, calm, collected and extremely measured way."

Legal 500 2014: ‘He has a down-to-earth and knowledgeable style.’

Chambers & Partners 2014: "Sources commend him for his skill in handling complex disputes, particularly those complicated by inheritance."

Legal 500 2013: St Ives Chambers’ Matthew Haynes is ‘a barrister of the highest quality’ who ‘inspires confidence in his clients’.

Chambers & Partners 2013: Matthew Haynes is "an absolute gentleman and a fine advocate."

Notable Cases:

Harrison v Brading [2016] EWHC 3267 - the court determined  the boundary where prior conveyancing  plans were at variance with existing walls.  Claim also related to adverse possession and boundary agreement.

DR v GR & Ors [2013] EWHC 1196 (Fam)- Click here to view judgment

Moore v Holdsworth [2010] EWCH 683 (Ch) - a case relating to family provision for a widow with MS.

Kynnesley v Wolverhampton City Council TLR (2007) - relating to a gift to local authority employees. Parmar v Upton [2015] EWCA CIV 795 - he successfully responded in the Court of Appeal on issues relating to the hedge and ditch presumption, construction of conveyance and adverse possession of a ditch.

Matthew Haynes recently appeared before Newey J. in a case relating to adverse possession, construction of boundaries and boundary agreements, reported as Paul Fraser Harrison (2) Theresa Janet Harrison v Justin John Brading [2016] EWHC 3267 (Ch). - Click here to view judgment.

Further Information:

Matthew has contributed articles to Family Law and The Conveyancer in relation to trusts of land and boundary disputes respectively.


Midlands Chancery and Commercial Bar Association

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