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Family - Finance
(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 accepts instructions in relation to all areas of financial provision upon matrimonial breakdown. He regularly deals with applications for financial remedies ranging from simple matters with limited funds to more complicated cases with large assets.
He has experience of, and interest in, cases involving alleged concealment or dissipation of assets; pre-acquired, inherited or other non-matrimonial wealth and cases involving business assets.
Matthew also accepts instructions in cases concerned with the divorce process itself, including defended divorces and disputes as to the validity of marriages and divorces.
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’.
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 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.