Areas of Expertise

Matthew is a family law specialist with extensive experience of dealing with financial disputes between separating spouses, civil partners and unmarried couples, under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989.

His practice at the Bar spans cases with more modest resources, and those with significant assets, including cases with features of significant legal and/or factual complexity.

He has experience of, and interest in, cases involving alleged concealment or dissipation of assets; pre-acquired, inherited or other non-matrimonial wealth and cases involving business assets.

He is a ranked junior in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 UK Bar directories.

Recommendations

Legal 500 2017: “Efficient at representing all parties in a care case.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: “He is incredibly prepared, thorough and authoritative in the way he comes across.” “He is junior but punches above his weight – I can give him a heavyweight case and know he has the gravitas to deal with it.”

Chambers & Partners 2015: “… destined for great things. A breath of fresh air.”

Legal 500 2014: “He never disappoints.”

Chambers & Partners 2014: “Noted by peers as a rising star in family law, handling both financial and children matters. Sources are quick to identify his client-facing skills and attention to detail.”

Legal 500 2013: “Junior Matthew Maynard has ‘excellent client skills’, and is noted for his ‘forceful advocacy’ and ‘thorough preparation’.”

To view Matthew’s profile on the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators’ website please visit www.ifla.org.uk/arbitrator/matthew-maynard


Public Law

Matthew is a specialist family practitioner whose practice encompasses both matters relating to children and applications for financial relief following the breakdown of relationships. He is a recommended junior by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Matthew is regularly instructed in complicated public law proceedings involving allegations of the utmost severity. He has specific experience of cases involving allegations of:

  • Death of children
  • Catastrophic injury, including brain injury
  • Non-accidental fractures, including multiple fractures
  • Serious sexual abuse (including acting for children who are victims and alleged perpetrators)
  • Fabricated/Induced Illness
  • Suffocation
  • Human trafficking (involving both parents and children)
  • FGM

He has particular interest in, and experience of, cases involving Human Rights Act claims and applications for judicial review within the context of proceedings involving children.

Matthew has been led on numerous occasions, and undertakes cases in which he appears against Queen’s Counsel in his own right.

Matthew represents parents (including through the Official Solicitor), local authorities, children (either through guardians or separately) and interveners at all stages of proceedings, including lengthy fact-finding and disposal hearings. He is recognised as being particularly sensitive when dealing with vulnerable clients, often when capacity is an issue.

Private Law

Matthew’s private law practice encompasses proceedings involving international and domestic issues.

His international private law practice includes abduction and international relocation and child arrangement disputes.

He has a particular interest the law relating to surrogacy, having appeared for the child in the landmark case of Re X (Surrogacy: Time Limits) and lectures on the advances of the law in this complex and developmental area.

Matthew regularly lectures on a range of family law topics, to both solicitors and barristers, and social work professionals. He is a regular speaker for chambers, CLT and Solicitors’ Journal.

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2018: “His expertise belies his years as a barrister. He is always well prepared and able to make the most complicated of matters seem straightforward. “The next star in children law and a brilliant advocate.”

Legal 500 2017: “Efficient at representing all parties in a care case.”

Chambers & Partners 2017: “Very robust, no nonsense and straight-talking.” “Good on his feet but also caring with wonderful client skills.”

Legal 500 2016: “He provides excellent advocacy and adopts a sympathetic approach with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: “He is incredibly prepared, thorough and authoritative in the way he comes across.” “He is junior but punches above his weight – I can give him a heavyweight case and know he has the gravitas to deal with it.”

Legal 500 2016: “A strong and versatile advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2015: “Matthew is destined for great things. A breath of fresh air.”

Legal 500 2015: “He never disappoints.”

Chambers & Partners 2014: “Noted by peers as a rising star in family law, handling both financial and children matters. Sources are quick to identify his client-facing skills and attention to detail.”

Legal 500 2014: “Junior Matthew Maynard has ‘excellent client skills’, and is noted for his ‘forceful advocacy’ and ‘thorough preparation’.”

Notable cases

Re W (Children) (Adoption Proceedings: Leave to Oppose) [2015] EWCA Civ 403, [2015] All ER (D) 208

Re X (A Child) (Surrogacy: Time Limit) [2014] EWHC 3135 (Fam), [2015] 1 FLR 349

Re M (A child) [2011] EWCA Civ 1161


Matthew accepts instructions in relation to all areas of financial provision upon matrimonial breakdown.

He regularly deals with applications for financial remedies ranging, from cases with moderate assets, to more complicated “big money” cases.

He has experience of, and interest in, cases involving alleged concealment or dissipation of assets; pre-acquired, inherited or other non-matrimonial wealth and cases involving business assets.

Matthew also accepts instructions in cases concerned with the divorce process proper, including defended divorces and disputes as to the validity of marriages and divorces.

Matthew regularly lectures on a range of family law topics, to both solicitors and barristers, and social work professionals. He is a regular speaker for chambers, CLT and Solicitors’ Journal.

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2018: “His expertise belies his years as a barrister. He is always well prepared and able to make the most complicated of matters seem straightforward. “The next star in children law and a brilliant advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2017: “Very robust, no nonsense and straight-talking.” “Good on his feet but also caring with wonderful client skills.”

Legal 500 2016: “He provides excellent advocacy and adopts a sympathetic approach with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: “He is incredibly prepared, thorough and authoritative in the way he comes across.” “He is junior but punches above his weight – I can give him a heavyweight case and know he has the gravitas to deal with it.”

Legal 500 2016: “A strong and versatile advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2015: “Matthew is destined for great things. A breath of fresh air.”

Legal 500 2015: “He never disappoints.”

Chambers & Partners 2014: “Noted by peers as a rising star in family law, handling both financial and children matters. Sources are quick to identify his client-facing skills and attention to detail.”

Legal 500 2014: “Junior Matthew Maynard has ‘excellent client skills’, and is noted for his ‘forceful advocacy’ and ‘thorough preparation’.”


Qualifications

LLB (Hons): 2:1

BVC: VC

Public Access Accredited

Pupil Supervisor

Advocacy Trainer: Inner Temple

Advocacy Trainer: Midlands Circuit

Memberships

Inner Temple

Family Law Bar Association

Resolution Association of Lawyers for Children

Liberty

Publications

Navigating a minefield: adoption applications and conditional adoption orders: St Ives Chambers Article.  For the full article click here

Parental order time limits: policy – what policy? (Family Law, Vol 44 No 12 2014 (pp 1653-1784).

Private law: A Catalogue of Errors, Family Law Journal, February 2014.

Adoption: A fresh approach? Family Law Journal, November 2013.

The Children and Families Bill: What to Expect. St Ives Chambers Article. To see this article, please click here.

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