Children (Public Law)

Matthew represents all parties and her experience includes all aspects of disputes including those with an intractable or international dimension. Matthew also has particular experience in representing parties in complex fact finding cases and internal and international relocation.

Selected Cases

  • Re H 2020: 15 day fact finding. Multiple allegations of serious sexual abuse of children. Acting for a Local Authority.
  • Re P CFCL (2020): 20 day FII case. Acting for a Local Authority.
  • Re H-B (2020): 15 day sexual abuse case acting for the main perpetrator.
  • Re R EWHC (2019): Complex fact finding involving FII.
  • Re C EWHC (2018): Serious case involving child abduction and female mutilation.
  • Re C (2017): 5 day fact-finding acting for the Local Authority. Serious abuse alleged.
  • Re B & V (Children) (2014): 14 day fact-finding. Instructed to represent alleged main perpetrator in a case involving serious sexual allegations spread out over a 5 year period.
  • Re R (A Child) (2014): Representation of a Mother in a case involving alleged serious sexual offences.
  • Re B-Y (A Child) (2013) EWHC 4108 & EWCA Civ 532: Instructed to represent a Father accused of killing his child by way of suffocation. The case involved very complex areas of science and medicine and was heard in the High Court. This case also gave rise to an appeal where Matthew was led by Robert Seabrook QC.
  • D v D (2013): International child abduction. Representation of a Mother whose child was abducted and taken to another jurisdiction. After proceedings in the High Court, the child was swiftly and safely returned to the jurisdiction of England & Wales. The case involved complex cross-jurisdictional issues of law and procedure.
  • Re P (2013): 5 day fact-finding. Serious allegation of NAI, which included multiple fractures. Acting for primary carer.
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