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Matthew Haynes


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(Year of Call 1991)

Joined Chambers: 1992


MA (Oxon)


Matthew Haynes practises in all areas of family law, including public and private law, matrimonial and cohabitation cases. His care work includes acting in non-accidental injury cases. His cohabitation work includes both court and advisory work regarding trusts of land and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 cases.


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: His colleague 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". 

Notable Cases:

In the Matter of C (A Child)(No.2) (Application by Dr X and Y) 2016] EWFC 7, 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.



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