Matthew Fletcher > Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC
1GC | Family Law
10 LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS
LONDON
WC2A 3BP
England
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Position

Public law children: acting for local authorities, parents, children and relatives covering the full range of issues arising in care and adoption proceedings up to the Court of Appeal. Notable cases include: Lengthy 6+ week fact findings in respect of unlawful killing, inter-generational sexual abuse and paedophile rings; non-accidental injury including fractures and head injuries and cases with significant foreign or immigration elements including international adoption and placement of children abroad. Private law children (including international): acting for parents, children and relatives covering the full range of private law children issues including, abduction, leave to remove to Hague and Non-Hague countries, implacable hostility, domestic violence, sexual abuse and mental health difficulties at all levels up to the Court of Appeal. Administrative Law and the Court of Protection: cases involving the interaction between family proceedings and administrative law including cases involving judicially reviewing decisions of the Local Authority and cases involving the Court of Protection.

Career

Matthew’s career began in immigration and asylum law and he is now a children’s law specialist, as well as practising in the Administrative Court and the Court of Protection. His practice spans all aspects of private law children’s proceedings with an interest in international and immigration issues. His public law practice specialises in the most serious cases often with complex international, jurisdictional or factual issues as well as all aspects relating to adoption. He is an advocacy trainer for Lincoln’s Inn and has written widely on family law matters.

Languages

Native English and Basic French.

Memberships

FLBA.

Education

Bloxham School; London School of Economics LLB (Hons) 2002; BPP Law School, BVC Very Competent 2003.

Leisure

Rugby, theatre and travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 5

Matthew Fletcher1GC | Family LawIs known for his hard work and commitment, he is an assured advocate and applies energy and vigour to even the most hopeless of cases. He is an impressive and sought after counsel.

1GC | Family Law has ‘real specialists with a whole host of good barristers at a senior level through to the junior level who are very busy and up and coming.’ The set, which ‘at every level has star performers’, is excellent at private children work and is also recommended for its strong offering in public children work. Among its ‘outstanding stable of silks’ is Sarah Morgan QC who led Lucy Sprinz in advising Islington Council in an independent review into allegations made in the Islington Gazette that the former Mayor of Islington, Sandy Marks, had an historic association with pro-paedophile groups. New entrants to this year’s rankings include Andrew Norton QC, Doushka Krish, Matthew Fletcher, and Olivia Magennis.