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  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.
"[...] the addition of Matthew Wyard to the team has given real fire power to their Court of Protection offering in Wales.'"
‘His in-depth knowledge of Welsh social care law is an advantage.’
Legal 500 2021/Court of Protection and Community Care/Rising Stars/Tier 1/Wales and Chester
"[...] 3PB's presence in this region comes in the form Matthew Wyard, who joined from Sinclairslaw in February 2020. He specialises in public law challenges in the education sector, civil claims against education institutions and special educational needs appeals."
‘One of very few barristers in the Country who has a true grasp of Welsh Education Law.’
Legal 500 2021/Education/Rising Stars/Tier 1/Wales and Chester
''I instruct Matthew regularly and am never disappointed by the level of professionalism and knowledge he brings to each case he is instructed on. Matthew has a unique way of identifying the key issues of a case and preparing submissions in a clear and persuasive manner, in order to achieve the best result possible. I can trust that he will always provide honest and efficient advice and am happy to have good working relationship with him.''
As you can imagine, it is extremely stressful for families to be going through this so I just wanted to say a big thank you for supporting me through [the] tribunal. I would recommend you to anyone going through similar proceedings. We are delighted with the outcome and have not stopped smiling since!
- 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
- Lincoln's Inn, Member
Matthew Wyard is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information