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Matthew Haynes

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St Ives Chambers (Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC)

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Mr Haynes is a Barrister specialising in Business, Property and Family law (public and private).


Matthew Haynes practises in all areas of Family law including public law, private law, matrimonial cases, cohabitation cases.  His care work includes acting in non-accidental injury cases and he has acted for children in claims for declarations and damages against local authorities regarding claims for Human Rights Act breaches.  His cohabitation work includes both court and advisory work regarding trusts of land and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 cases.

Within private law, Matthew has undertaken both court and advisory work in relation to all aspects of ancillary relief. His work in this area has included issues of company, partnership assets, bankruptcy, agricultural issues and dissipation of assets.  He has experience of cohabitation cases and trusts of land, and also undertakes work in relation to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Matthew Haynes’s chancery work includes contentious probate work, including issues relating to the validity of wills, forged wills, the construction and rectification of wills, testamentary estoppel and the removal of executors.

This area of work also includes the Inheritance Act 1975 where he has represented various parties including disabled applicants, minors and widows after short marriages.  Real Property Disputes are another area of Matthew’s expertise and has included direct access work in these fields and represented parties at mediation.

He has represented clients in the First Tier Property Chamber and its predecessors relating to issues of adverse possession and other issues of land ownership, as well as construction of leases.

Matthew’s commercial work has included Sale of Goods, insolvency in either a property or matrimonial context, commercial Landlord & Tenant, dilapidations and others.


Year of Call: 1991

Notable Cases:

Family – Children

RE C (A CHILD) 2015] EWFC 79:  a case relating to an application for the disclosure of medical records concerning, in particular, a patient’s mental health, in order to vindicate a psychiatrist’s reputation following the patient’s allegations to the press.

DR v GR & Ors [2013] EWHC 1196 (Fam)

Business & Property

SABAH KHAN v UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS [2018] EWHC 912 (Ch):  a case involving a student alleging breach of contract by a university.

M-v-P (2018) (confidential); case relating to whether a business is in breach of a restrictive covenant that limits activities to agricultural.  Other issues relate to the construction of boundaries and/or adverse possession.

(1) PAUL FRASER HARRISON (2) THERESA JANET HARRISON v JUSTIN JOHN BRADING [2016] EWHC 3267 (Ch)  a boundary dispute, involving adverse possession and construction of plans, where prior conveyancing plans were at variance with the placement of existing walls and fences.

T-v-D (2017) (confidential);  ongoing case in the Property Chamber relating to issues of mistake in the register and whether a right of way has been acquired by prescription or implication.

Boot-v-Bromford Housing (2017);  case in the Property Chamber in which the landlord successfully resisted an application for adverse possession, partly on the basis that the applicant’s predecessors in titles had been its tenants.


Legal 500: “Noted for his expertise in contentious probate cases.”

Legal 500: “Clients like him as he is conscientious and personable.”

Legal 500: "He engenders respect without a hint of arrogance, and is calm and collected when under pressure on his feet."

Legal 500: “He has a down-to-earth and knowledgeable style.”

Legal 500: St Ives Chambers’ Matthew Haynes is “a barrister of the highest quality who inspires confidence in his clients”




Family Law Bar Association

Midlands Chancery and Commercial Bar Association


MA (Oxon)

Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Within: Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Matthew Haynes - St Ives ChambersNoted for his expertise in contentious probate cases.

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