Matthew Smith

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Whitby School

Durham University

Cambridge University



Member of PIBA and PBA


Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in family finance, property and inheritance. This ranges from advice and representation under the 1973 & 1975 Acts to trust disputes between co-habitees.

A particular feature of Matthew’s practice is his background and skill in civil litigation with an ability to thoroughly and effectively cross-examine witnesses.

Matthew has represented husbands and wives in high net worth financial remedies hearings from FA/FDR to Final Hearing as well as families in large Estate claims.

Property cases include straightforward TOLATA claims to complex leasehold, trust and estoppel cases.

Notable cases include:

  • W v H: a £mutli divorce with a foreign and trust element in which Matthew secured a very favourable judgment for the husband at the Final Hearing.
  • B v L: a large High Court estate claim under the 1975 Act concerning eligibility, proprietary estoppel and provision.
  • Lillian: an international property dispute concerning fitness to occupy, misrepresentation and waiver.
  • X v X: a case in which intervenors were joined and then discontinued.
  • Y v Y: an international big money case concerning hidden assets; disclosure and contempt.
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