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.
Recorder (Family Court)
Deputy District Judge (Family & County Courts)
Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (fee-paid) (Health, Education & Social Care Chamber)
Matthew has a very busy practice representing husbands and wives in proceedings to divide their assets after separation, including in negotiations, in arbitration, in mediation and multi-day final hearings. Matthew has a particular interest in the forensic nature of this work. He acts in cases of alleged fraud and those involving third party or trust issues. He represents these third parties, such as the parents of the separating couple, where there is a claim the relative owns matrimonial property.
His experience includes successfully arguing for the non-recognition of nuptial agreements, resisting extensive findings of fraud and representing clients in disputes over whether cases should be heard in England or different countries. He advises foreign domiciled clients on the settlement of their financial disputes in England and has appeared for German, Canadian and Emirate clients in the High Court.
Matthew is an expert in advising unmarried couples on the division of their property when they separate and assisting them in making or responding to claims. He also advises couples on living together, including the preparation of cohabitation agreements to decide how property should be divided if they separate in the future.
Arbitrator (IFLA Children Scheme, MCIArb)
Nationally Accredited Mediator (AIFLAM)
Matthew chairs sports Tribunals and arbitrates sports disputes for:
- Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators & Mediators
- National Safeguarding Panel
- British Equestrian
- International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Panel of Arbitrators
- The Football Association Judicial Panel
- Rugby Football Union
- European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR)
- Rugby Europe
- England Boxing Disciplinary Panel
- PGA European Tour
- The FA Safeguarding Review Appeal Board
Matthew combines his work as a barrister and his experience in professional rugby union as a Premiership referee to provide a full range sports disciplinary and regulatory law service. He can be instructed to advise and represent players across a range of sports. Matthew has a range of experience, from acting for renowned professional sportspeople to amateur athletes, in local and national hearings or arbitrations, with an obvious strength in rugby union. He is very aware of the significant time pressures in these cases and players and clubs can instruct him at short notice without needing a solicitor. He has been appointed to the Sports Resolution Pro Bono Legal Advice Panel in the areas of safeguarding and discipline.
The focus of Matthew’s expertise is cases with an international dimension where one parent wishes to relocate a child to another country or there is an allegation of abduction. He has extensive experience of such applications from relatively local relocations within the European Union to jurisdictions further afield, such as South Africa and New Zealand.
Cases & Publications
International Law Series Part 1: Where to Divorce? Your Clients’ Options in Anglo-Antipodean Separations
Throw your Enforcement Orders on the Barbie: Lessons on Domestic Enforcement of Private Law Children Orders in Australia
How has the UK’s approach to terrorism since 2001 impacted on fair trial rights?  1 GISLJ 77
Shared Parenting: Keeping welfare paramount by learning from mistakes  Fam Law 448