Matthew Fiddy

Call - 2011
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Private Law Children

Matthew’s practice covers the full range of hearings in private law children’s cases, from first directions hearings, to fact-finding hearings and contested final hearings. Matthew has experience of appearing before every level of judge in private law matters. He is regularly instructed to act in connection with the following applications:

  • Orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989
  • Temporary and permanent removal of children from the jurisdiction
  • Abduction and cases involving Brussels II and the Hague Convention
  • Wardship and matters arising under the inherent jurisdiction
  • Enforcement of child arrangements orders
  • Declarations of parentage

Matthew has experience of cases involving serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse, and cases involving allegations of radicalisation and extremism. Matthew is also regularly instructed to advise on issues concerning the law and practice in this area.

Matthew is a Bar Pro Bono Unit Panel Member and frequently accepts instructions to represent vulnerable clients on a pro bono basis.

Notable cases:

Re PQR (Children) [2017] EWFC B86.

C (Children) [2016] EWFC 6

Y v S [2017] EWHC 1020 (Fam)


Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Law School (Very Competent), 2011

Bachelor of Laws, 2:1, University of Birmingham, 2010


Family Law Bar Association

Matthew is a panel member at the Bar Pro Bono Unit and willing to accept instructions in pro bono family law matters


Chambers & Partners 2022: “Matthew is excellent in his representation of vulnerable clients. He is always well prepared.”

Legal 500 2022: “Matthew is an excellent all round barrister with a particular strength in his advocacy and client care skills. I have seen first hand how he explains matters to clients in a careful and thorough manner, whilst being understanding to their needs and worries.”

Chambers and Partners 2021: “He has an excellent manner with clients and is dedicated and able to define a clear thread in a case and pursue it.”

Legal 500 2021: “Extremely knowledgeable and analytical, with strong case preparation as a result.”

Chambers and Partners 2020: “He’s a safe pair of hands, and is very good for directions hearings.” “He’s able to deliver unpalatable advice well.”


Birmingham Law School Lady Barber Prize for Mooting 2009

Inner Temple BPTC Exhibition Scholarship Award 2010

Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award 2010

BPP Law School Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono Projects Prize 2011

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