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Matthew Brett

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Called: 1987

Email: mbrett@harcourtchambers.co.uk

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Matthew was educated at Exeter College, Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1987.  

 

He practises in all aspects of family work with an emphasis on financial matters, both in the context of divorce proceedings and disputes between former cohabitees (including representation on Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims).

 

 

 

PRACTICE

 

As someone whose practice has always included some real property litigation, he is particularly well suited to cases involving trusts, probate or conveyancing issues. In particular, he is instructed in a growing number of disputes between former cohabitees as to their respective property interests, as to which the impact of Stack v Dowden and Kernott v Jones needs to be considered. He has also been involved in two of the leading cases concerning third party assets in financial remedy proceedings and has particular experience of cases involving inherited assets.

 

Matthew has considerable experience of principally private law children cases in which he has sought to represent the interests of his clients robustly .

 

 

 

REPORTED CASES

 

 

TL v ML and Others (Ancillary Relief: Claim Against Assets of Extended Family) [2005] EWHC 2860 (Fam), [2006] 1 FLR 1263

 

Eastaugh v Crisp & Others [2006] EWHC 2298

 

Whig v Whig [2007] EWHC 1856 (Fam), [2008] 1 FLR 453

 

Fisher Meredith v JH & PH (Financial Remedy: Appeal: Wasted Costs) [2012] EWHC 408

 

 

Matthew was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, and was called to the Bar in 1987.

 

He practises in all aspects of the law affecting real property, whether it be landlord and tenant (residential or business), restrictive covenants, boundary disputes, easements and profits, or trusts of land.

 

 

PRACTICE

 

His civil work dovetails with his family work, particularly the resolution of disputes between former cohabitees.

 

Some of his property related work, however, is distinctly commercial in flavour and he has extensive experience in relation to business leases in particular.

 

Another significant part of his property related practice is in professional negligence, both against conveyancing solicitors and surveyors or architects.