Matthew specialises in every aspect of family law, with a focus on divorce and financial settlements.
A significant number of Matthew’s cases involve assets of £1million+ and the resolution of complex financial issues such as family businesses, pensions, properties, trusts and the tracing of assets.
Matthew has particular expertise in advising high profile families and other individuals in safeguarding their interests, including wealth protection and the negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. He also has considerable experience of resolving cases involving family farms and agricultural businesses, which often require unique and creative solutions.
In addition, Matthew is able to offer the following expert legal advice:-
- To cohabiting couples regarding future living arrangements and property disputes
- To samesex couples and civil partnerships
- Arrangements relating to children including contact and residence issues, international relocation and abduction, disputes in relation to schooling and financial provision for unmarried parents
- Separation agreements
- Domestic violence issues including non-molestation orders and occupation orders
Matthew is an active member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers and other professionals who advocate a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law cases where possible.
He is the current Treasurer for the West & North Yorkshire region and a key member of the committee, organising high profile seminars and events across the region, supporting family law reform and raising money for local charities. He was also the former Chair of ‘YRes’, the junior network of family law professionals operating across the Yorkshire region.
Matthew is known for being hugely empathetic and understanding of his client’s needs. He prides himself on his accessible, no-nonsense approach and first-rate level of service.
Matthew is thoughtful, astute and robust in his handling of cases. He genuinely strives to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients as painlessly and cost-effectively as possible.
Training & Employment
Matthew was educated at St Peters School in York. He graduated from the University of Manchester in 2002 before completing his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York.
In 2004, Matthew relocated to Bristol to work within the real estate sector of a multinational law firm. He returned home to Yorkshire in 2006 to complete his training contract at a large regional commercial firm in Leeds and qualified as a solicitor in 2008.
Matthew has specialised exclusively in family law for over 10 years across the Yorkshire region. He has a wealth of experience in family law cases and has developed a glowing reputation over this period.
Outside of Work
Outside of work, Matthew is a keen sports fan. He supports Manchester United FC, much to the dismay of his friends and colleagues. Matthew has a passion for skiing and enjoys playing squash and golf. His other passion is international travel and he has been known to participate in extreme sports such as bungee jumping and sky diving.
Matthew also enjoys music and plays the guitar and piano. In his younger days, Matthew was a musician in an indie band but unfortunately failed to secure a major label deal or hit the charts!
Matthew otherwise enjoys the country life and spending time with his young son who keeps him busy!