Matthew Maynard

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Dispute Resolution

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. Matthew is able to bring this expertise to the Arbitration process, ensuring that participants can benefit from a high quality and cost-effective form of dispute resolution.

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

To view Matthew’s profile on the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators’ website please visit


LLB (Hons): 2:1


Public Access Accredited

Pupil Supervisor

Advocacy Trainer: Inner Temple

Advocacy Trainer: Midlands Circuit


Recorder (Family, Western Circuit) 2018

IFLA Arbitrator


Midland Circuit

Western Circuit

Inner Temple

Family Law Bar Association

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators




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.


Chambers and Partners 2021: “He is one of the top barristers on the circuit. He is a true gladiator in his command of the courtroom. Not only is his written work impeccable, he is also a fearless advocate.”

Legal 500 2021: “A commanding presence in court whose attention to detail and preparation are always excellent.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: “He’s a great advocate with a real court presence, and is good with clients.” “He is extremely experienced and very calm.”

Legal 500 2019: “A charismatic and technically able barrister.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “Always well prepared and able to make the most complicated of matters seem straightforward.” “A true giant in terms of the stature and quality of his work. He is calm and confident in his approach to cases.”

Legal 500 2018: “He has a reassuring client manner.”

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.”

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

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’.”



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