Matthew has specialised solely in family law since 1993.
Whilst at Lloyd Platt & Co he has developed a particular expertise in medium to high value financial cases. He had conduct of the Court of Appeal case of Rapp v Sarre , which received widespread national media coverage in 2016.
More recent cases of interest include :
– Negotiating for the wife on the eve of a 10-day final hearing a £2m settlement (notwithstanding the husband‘s case that he had barely any assets or income) after putting forward the novel argument that the husband’s family’s wealth constituted a variable nuptial settlement.
– Acting in 3 cases with combined net assets of c. £80m , all involving substantial property portfolios & complex company law and tax issues.
– Acting for an applicant wife in a complex matter involving multiple property companies. The judge accepted the wife’s arguments that the husband had failed to make full disclosure of his resources and made an order in the terms sought by the wife , namely capital orders worth £2.5m , lifelong maintenance and a costs order (payable within 14 days). The judge praised Matthew’s handling of the case.
– Acting in seven separate matters which involved applications for assets to be frozen or transactions to be set aside.
– Negotiating a financial agreement pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1991 in a case involving assets worth c. £50m.
– After making an application on behalf of a wife for a final financial order to be set aside on the basis that the husband had failed to provide full financial disclosure, negotiating a settlement for the wife to receive a further payment of £2m.
While much of Matthew’s work has been in connection with complex financial matters, he has always been careful to maintain his involvement in private law children work, to which he is able to bring the benefit of nearly 30 years’ experience.
Since 2000 Matthew has held accredited specialist status with the family law organisation Resolution, in the fields of financial cases and children cases.
Matthew has a degree in Psychology from University College London. He converted to the law via the Common Professional Examination and the Law Society finals, in which he obtained First Class Honours.