Public Law Proceedings
Care proceedings and adoption
Matthew has substantial experience in acting for all parties involved in care, adoption (including revocation) proceedings and special guardianship.
Matthew appears before all levels of tribunal including the Court of Appeal and regularly undertakes complex matters without the benefit of Leading Counsel.
Matthew has a detailed knowledge of the legal and social care issues relating to local authority planning and decision making for children. Matthew undertakes a significant amount of work for the largest Local Authorities in Wales and has gained the confidence of the many Heads of Service.
Matthew has experience in the following areas:
- Serious physical injury including non accidental head injury
- Sexual abuse
- Fabricated and induced illness (FII)
- Reporting restriction orders (RRO)
- Injunctive relief under the inherent jurisdiction
- Disclosure and public interest immunity (PII) issues relating to children including joint hearings in the Crown Court
- Applications under Brussels II Revised / Hague Convention
Court of Protection/Best Interests Decisions
Matthew’s practice spans the full range of mental capacity law and the interface between the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Matthew has been recently been instructed on behalf of CAFCAS Cymru in respect of a matter concerning the withdrawal of treatment to a 6 month old child.
Matthew has been regularly recognised in ‘The Legal 500’.
- A Local Health Board v Y (A Child) and Others  EWHC 206 (Fam)
A short judgment of Baker J under the inherent jurisdiction granting a health trust’s application to withhold and to withdraw medical treatment given to a 6-month old baby with extensive brain damage, palsy and who had suffered multiple cardiac arrests.
- P -S (Children)  EWCA Civ 223
Appeal by a child who had been denied the opportunity to give oral evidence in care proceedings. Appeal dismissed.
- H v City and County of Swansea  EWCA Civ 195
Appeal in care proceedings by mother against fact finding that she should be included in pool of possible perpetrators. Appeal allowed.
- W (A Child)  EWCA Civ 321
Application by mother for permission to appeal, with appeal to follow, an interim care order. Application refused.
- B (Children)  EWCA Civ 835
Application by parents for permission to appeal, with appeal to follow, care and placement orders. Appeal allowed.
- AJ (A Child)  EWCA Civ 55
Appeal against by parents against an order dispensing with the need for their consent to adoption on the grounds that it was being unreasonably withheld. Appeal dismissed.
- Re Y (Leave to Remove from Jurisdiction)  2 FLR 330
- Lord Justice Holker scholarship Gray’s Inn
Seminars and lectures
Matthew regularly provides training for local authority lawyers and social workers and lectures in chambers seminars. In the recent past he has spoken on topics such as local authority decision making, local authority accommodation, threshold and fact finding, special guardianship orders and revocation of adoption orders.