Matthew Stott

Call: 2005

Extremely organised and approachable. He represents lay clients to a high standard and his legal knowledge is remarkable.
Legal 500, 2022

Matthew Stott is a family law specialist.

Matthew is regularly involved in complex care cases for local authorities, parents and guardians. He has been involved in cases concerning infant deaths, shaken babies, fabricated illness, serious sexual and physical abuse, honour based violence including attempted assassination, forced marriage, unlawful removal from the jurisdiction, serious neglect and cases involving breaches of Human Rights. He has a particular interest in cases where there are competing medical opinions and those which engage the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

In private law disputes, Matthew predominantly represents Rule 16.4 Guardians. He acts in cases involving parental alienation, implacable hostility and cases of temporary and permanent relocation to Hague and non-Hague convention countries.

Matthew also accepts instruction in matrimonial finance cases, court of protection cases and other matters involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Matthew is highly regarded for his diverse style and flexible approach whilst maintaining a reputation for being friendly and approachable and robustly representing his clients’ interests.

As well as practising in family law, he holds several Fee-paid judicial appointments
including as a Deputy District Judge (Family and Civil) and as a Recorder (Family).

To instruct Matthew or for more information…

Call: 020 7353 6961
Email: clerks@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Practice Areas

Matthew is regularly involved in complex care cases for local authorities, parents and guardians. He has been involved in cases concerning infant deaths, shaken babies, fabricated illness, serious sexual and physical abuse, honour based violence including attempted assassination, forced marriage, unlawful removal from the jurisdiction, serious neglect and cases involving breaches of Human Rights. He has a particular interest in cases where there are competing medical opinions and those which engage the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

Notable Public Law Children cases


Z (Children), Re [2014] EWHC 1999

Matthew has successfully represented the Local Authority in this case which concerned the issue of whether or not a man is the father of children, as he claimed, despite his refusal to agree to a DNA test. DNA, believed to be that of the father, was gathered at the scene of the murder of the mother, a crime for which the man is currently serving life. The guardian of the children had sought to use the DNA collected in order to determine the paternity of the children concerned, the President found in favour of this.

In his judgement, the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby stated:

“As Mr Matthew Stott on behalf of the local authority points out, because X is not named on their birth certificates, the local authority has at present sole parental responsibility for the children. Moreover, as he also points out, Hogg J has already, in making orders under section 21 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969, determined that it is in the interests of the children that the truth, whatever it may be, should out. I agree with Mr Stott that the material being sought is vitally important for the ongoing care planning for the children. I agree with him that in light of the circumstances of their mother’s death it is fundamentally important for the children to have the opportunity to understand their family history and ascertain their familial identity.”

In private law disputes, Matthew represents both parents and Rule 16.4 Guardians. He acts in cases involving temporary and permanent relocation to Hague and non-Hague convention countries. 

Notable Private Law Children cases


DS v RS [2009] EWHC 1594

Counsel for the father seeking an order preventing the mother from removing their child from England.

Matthew undertakes work in all areas of matrimonial finance including maintenance, injunctions, financial remedy proceedings and applications by persons seeking to intervene. He also undertakes Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and ToLATA 1996 cases.

Matthew accepts instruction in court of protection cases and cases concerning vulnerable adults, and other matters involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

 

Matthew is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Access Scheme in appropriate circumstances.

 

What the directories say

Extremely organised and approachable. He represents lay clients to a high standard and his legal knowledge is remarkable.
Legal 500, 2022

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