Matthew O'Grady

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An expert in the finances of separating couples, with a unique background in elite sport.


Matthew’s expertise is in division of married and unmarried couples’ property after separation. He is a barrister is England and Australia (Victorian Bar) and advises clients on their international family and sports law issues across these jurisdictions.

He has appeared at all levels including the Court of Appeal without Queen’s Counsel and the High Court. He appears against senior family barristers and has appeared against Queen’s Counsel without being led himself.

Matthew has a unique background in professional sport and is instructed to represent players from a wide range of sporting backgrounds before disciplinary panels and in other regulatory environments.

In addition to his work as a barrister, Matthew has a significant dispute resolution practice. He sits as a Judge on a part-time basis. Matthew is a qualified family law mediator. He facilitates private FDRs and is a qualified Arbitrator of private law children disputes.

Matthew can be instructed to support married and unmarried parties in resolving their financial disputes as a neutral evaluator, providing private and without prejudice assistance in separation disputes.

Judicial Appointments

Recorder (Family Court)

Deputy District Judge (Family & County Courts)

Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (fee-paid) (Health, Education & Social Care Chamber)

Practice Areas

Cases & Publications


'Matthew is very thorough and organised, has a strong breadth of knowledge and confident representation in court setting. He always provides clear and succinct advice to clients, helping them sort the emotive issues from those issues which are relevant for the purposes of negotiating a settlement or preparing for a hearing.’ (The Legal 500 2023) ‘Matthew provides clear and concise advice to clients. He is approachable and very organised.’ (The Legal 500 2023) “A team player and consummate professional.” Legal 500, UK Bar 2020 “A leading individual.” Legal 500, UK Bar 2020 “The set is recommended ...for the work of experienced counsel such as ... Matthew O'Grady undertaking complex matrimonial and financial disputes.” Legal 500, UK Bar 2021