Matthew Carey

Matthew Carey - Barrister at St John's Buildings
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Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2008

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Matthew read Law at Lancaster University and was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 2008. Matthew was awarded the Lancaster University Law School Prize and the Otto Rix Scholarship from Inner Temple.

In 2009 Matthew completed an internship with death penalty charity Amicus ALJ in North Carolina working on capital cases. Matthew continued to work with the charity as a member of the Amicus Executive Committee responsible for organising internships between 2009-2013. He continues to assist with lectures when possible.

Matthew is a specialist children family law barrister with a particular interest in public law and the arrangements for children after parental separation.

Matthew is accredited by the Bar Council and experienced at being instructed to undertake direct public access work.

Matthew was the Secretary of the Inner Temple Junior Barristers’ Committee between 2012-13 and Inns of Court Liaison from 2013-14.

Matthew is committed to pro-bono work and works closely with law advice centres and accepts instructions from the Bar Pro Bono Unit.


  • Family Bar Association
  • Amicus ALJ


  • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions

Recommendations and Client Feedback

Matthew is excellent in handling client emotion whilst remaining a robust negotiator and advocate. I would highly recommend.” – Instructing Solicitor

I have instructed Matthew in a number of complex private and public law children and financial relief cases. I have always been extremely impressed at the service received. Matthew is incredibly client-focused and approachable yet has a thorough knowledge of the law and procedures and gives the clients the reassurance they need. He has not only represented our clients in court with skill and professionalism but is also meticulous when preparing documentation. I have always been impressed with the prompt response from Matthew if I have ever needed any additional advice about a case. ” – Instructing Solicitor

I was very impressed by Mr Carey’s attention to detail, drive and enthusiasm on a case involving allegations of domestic violence and child abuse, in which he obtained a very positive result after a four-day final hearing. I was impressed by Mr Carey’s professionalism dealing with the client in a patient and sensitive manner.” – Instructing Solicitor

Matthew is conscious of the vulnerability of my clients and I have been particularly impressed with his advocacy skills in the courtroom, the kindness and consideration he provides to both client and the client’s family members.” – Instructing Solicitor

Both I and my client have been impressed with skills and willingness to go to the extra mile.” – Instructing Solicitor

I would like to thank Matthew for me as he really did a great job in securing me a good deal at my FDR.”- Client

Matthew was really great with us and listened to us and I think represented us very well. We were really happy with him and would appreciate it if our thanks could be passed to him.” – Client


  • Family - Children

    Matthew practises in all areas of family law. He is experienced in representing vulnerable clients, those with disabilities, learning difficulties and cases that may require the official solicitor.

    Public Law

    Matthew is regularly instructed to act for parents, children, Local Authorities, other family members such as Grandparents in public law proceedings. He has been involved in cases representing parents and family members that have resulted in successful outcomes for their children within their care. Matthew is experienced in cases that include serious allegations of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries, neglect, secure accommodation, deprivation of liberty, and forced marriage orders.

    Private Children

    Matthew has a passion for representing parents and children in relation to the arrangements for children following parental separation. Matthew is experienced in cases that involve domestic abuse, findings of fact hearings, parental alienation, intractable contact disputes, fabricated illnesses, internal/international relocation, change to the children’s school and also within enforcement proceedings.

    Matthew is experienced in injunctive proceedings including emergency injunctions, non-molestation orders and occupation orders.


    Public Children

    LA v B (2016): Represented a Local Authority in a 10-day final hearing involving a premature baby who nearly died as a result of neglectful parenting; care and placement orders resulted.

    LA v H (2015): Represented a Local Authority involving a 10-day contested hearing resulting in the removal of the children from the parents.

    LA v F (2015): Represented a Father at a three-day final hearing resulting in the placement of child with the Father within a supervision order.

    LA v S (2015): Received instructions at short notice to represent the Mother at three-day final hearing. The hearing was adjourned after successful argument that the case was not B-S compliant.

    LA v P (2015): Represented a Mother who was successful in challenging the Local Authority resulting in her baby being returned to her care, following residential and psychiatric assessment, under no court order.

    LA & L (2014): Represented a Father in care proceedings where a shared “residence” order between parents was ordered.

    LA v R (2013): Represented a Mother in care proceedings where an order was granted for return of child to the Mother with a supervision order.

    Private Children

    T & W (2015): Represented a Father at a final hearing, where the mother applied for no order re contact due to domestic violence of the Father. Successfully resisted with order for contact and r 9.5 guardian appointed after no contact for two years with young son.

    M and M (2014): Successful application by Maternal Grandparents for a Special Guardianship Order of two grandchildren within private law proceedings.

    O & W (2014): Represented a Father in residence and contact application. The Father, Mother and child all diagnosed with autism and learning difficulties. The case involved r 9.5 Guardian and psychiatrist expert reports.

    M & K (2013): Represented a mother in residence and contact proceedings successfully resisting residence and enforcement application by father (litigation on-going for five years).

    D & A (2012): Successful application by the Father for transfer of full residence due to the Mother’s hostility. A prohibited steps order was also ordered preventing the mother from leaving jurisdiction and specific issue order that the mother hand over the children on that day.

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  • Public Access

    Matthew is accredited by the Bar Council and experienced at being instructed to undertake direct public access work particularly in relation to the arrangements for children following parental separation.

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