Matthew Fiddy

Call - 2011
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Private Law Children

In addition, 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
  • Special Guardianship Orders
  • 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)

Qualifications

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

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

Memberships

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

Awards/Scholarships

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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