Areas of Expertise

Chancery Work

Matthew Haynes’ chancery work includes contentious probate work, including issues relating to:

  • The validity of wills
  • Forged wills
  • The construction and rectification of wills
  • Testamentary estoppel
  • The removal of executors

This area of work also includes the Inheritance Act 1975 where he has represented various parties including disabled applicants, minors and widows after short marriages.

Real Property Disputes are another area of Matthew’s expertise including:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Adverse possession
  • Easements
  • Restrictive convenants
  • Leasehold enfranchisement

Matthew has also undertaken direct access work in these fields and represented parties at mediation.

He has represented clients in the First Tier Property Chamber and its predecessors relating to issues of adverse possession and other issues of land ownership, as well as construction of leases.

Commercial Work

Matthew’s commercial work has included:

  • Sale of Goods
  • Insolvency in either a property or matrimonial context
  • Commercial landlord and tenant
  • Dilapidations
  • Commercial property disputes including acting for local authorities
  • Mortgages and partnership disputes

Professional Negligence work is undertaken in relation to solicitors, primarily in a conveyancing and/or trusts of land/cohabitation context, but also in their advisory capacities, such as in relation to agreements. He has also acted in other fields relating to surveyors and valuers, insurance brokers and construction.

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

Notable cases

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.

Matthew Haynes practice includes all areas of family law:

  • Public law
  • Private law
  • Matrimonial cases
  • Cohabitation cases

His care work includes:

  • Acting in non-accidental injury cases

He has acted for children in claims for declarations and damages against local authorities regarding claims for Human Rights Act breaches.  His cohabitation work includes both court and advisory work regarding trusts of land and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 cases.

Notable cases

In the Matter of C (A Child) (No.2) (Application by Dr X and Y) 2016] EWFC 79

A case concerning an expert seeking disclosure of material to protect his professional reputation, Matthew Haynes appeared on behalf of the child before the President where costs were recovered. The President gave some outline of the principles to be applied when seeking costs against another party.

Matthew Haynes undertakes both court and advisory work in relation to all aspects of ancillary relief. His work in this area has included:

  • Issues of company
  • Partnership assets
  • Bankruptcy
  • Agricultural issues
  • Dissipation of assets

He has experience of cohabitation cases and trusts of land, and also undertakes work in relation to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Notable cases

DR v GR & Ors [2013] EWHC 1196 (Fam)

Matthew Haynes undertakes both court and advisory work in relation to all aspects of personal injury, including:

  • Matters of procedure/interlocutory
  • Expert evidence

Acting for both claimants and defendants, work undertaken ranges from:

  • Road traffic matters (including LVI and fraud)
  • Highway cases
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Work induced injuries and diseases, including hearing loss and asbestos related illness

Additionally, he has experience in Animals Act, 1971, litigation.


MA (Oxon)



Midlands Chancery and Commercial Bar Association


Legal 500 2017: “Clients like him as he is conscientious and personable.”

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

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 2013: Matthew Haynes is “an absolute gentleman and a fine advocate.” His practice encompasses the full range of family law, and has a strong focus on financial issues.

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

Chambers & Partners 2012: Matthew Haynes handles both matrimonial finance and children matters. He has particular expertise in cohabitation disputes.

Chambers & Partners 2011: Matthew Haynes is “a leading junior for his work in relation to trusts of land and Schedule 1, Children Act 1989, matters”.

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