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Family - Children
(Year of Call 2003)
Joined Chambers: 2012
LLB (Hons): 2:i
Public Access Accredited
Advocacy Trainer: Inner Temple
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 cases 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 or Induced Illness.
- Human trafficking (involving both parents and children).
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.
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.
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."
Chambers & Partners 2015: "Matthew is 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’.
V-Z (Children)  EWCA Civ 475
Re L (a child) Re Oddin  EWCA Civ 173
Re R (a child)  EWCA Civ 1581
Re W (Children) (Adoption Proceedings: Leave to Oppose)  EWCA Civ 403,  All ER (D) 208
Re X (A Child) (Surrogacy: Time Limit)  EWHC 3135 (Fam),  1 FLR 349
Re T (Children)  EWCA Civ 1836
Re M (A child)  EWCA Civ 1161
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.
Resolution Association of Lawyers for Children
Navigating a minefield: adoption applications and conditional adoption orders: St Ives Chambers Article. To see this article, please 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.