Matthew Wyard

Year of Call: 2014
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Telephone: 0117 928 1520

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Matthew Wyard accepts instructions to represent and advise on family law issues in circumstances in which the Family Court is unable to assist. He has a particular expertise in the use of judicial review proceedings in this context, particular insofar as it concerns the rights of children. Additionally, he is a contributing editor to Clarke Hall and Morrison on Children.

He brings a working knowledge of Family Court Practice and Procedure to all such matters having undertaken part of his pupillage with a leading family law silk.

The types of family law related cases Matthew has been involved in include:

  • Re G – successfully defended a local authority’s application to discharge the court’s wardship jurisdiction over an internationally abducted child in the Family Division;
  • Re: CP – seeking an interim injunction in the Administrative Court to secure emergency accommodation pursuant to section 20 of the Children Act 1989;
  • Re: C – advising on the use of public law remedies to secure appropriate educational provision and social care provision pursuant to section 17 of the Children Act 1989;
  • Re: H – advising on a Special Guardianship support package and the use of judicial review to challenge the same.

He is always happy to have an initial chat with any family law solicitors looking to understand how public law proceedings can be utilised to assist their clients with problems for which Family Court proceedings are not appropriate.


  • 10th Mar 2020

    Matthew Wyard analyses Re: ACC &Ors [2020] EWCOP 9, a case concerning the conflicts of interests that may arise where property and affairs deputies instruct a firm with which they are associated to carry out instructions for P, or to conduct litigation on P’s behalf.

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  • Top Ranked Chambers - Leading Set 2020 - UK Bar Logo

Academic qualifications

  • 2014:     Called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • 2012 – 2013: Postgraduate Diploma in Law, City Law School
  • 2008 – 2012: LL.B (Hons)(SW) Law, University of Surrey


  • Erasmus Scholarship
  • Blackstone Chambers BPTC Mooting Competition, Semi finalist, 2013

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Chair of the Valuation Tribunal for England
  • Member of the Welsh Government Public Law Scheme
  • Member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel
  • Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School, 2012 – 2013

Professional bodies

  • Lincoln's Inn, Member

Direct Access

Matthew Wyard is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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