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Matthew Shaw

Year of call: 2011

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Prior to pupillage at 4KBW Matthew worked as the researcher for leading columnist, author and broadcaster Matthew Parris. His work included interviewing key politicians and drafting detailed research on topics such as Somali piracy and proposals to reform human rights law. His volunteering extends to several equal rights organisations. He joined civil liberties groups to appear before the Department for Work and Pensions to argue for pension equality for civil partners. He helped draft the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association’s legal arguments in favour of lifting the ban on gay marriage. He also made submissions to Members of both Houses of Parliament in support of the Equal Marriage Act 2013. He currently volunteers for the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Family (Click here to download Matthew’s Family CV)

Matthew accepts instructions in all areas of private and public family work, including care and financial remedy, but with a focus on private children proceedings. He is used to dealing with cases involving not only serious child welfare issues and Guardians but also cross-allegations of domestic abuse between parents. Matthew has also represented both applicants and respondents in leave to remove cases. He has found his experience in the criminal courts useful when cross-examining experts in family cases and dealing with lengthy police disclosure.

Matthew has experience at each stage of financial remedy proceedings and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, including those involving clients who have experienced domestic abuse by the other party. He perseveres to secure a fair and appropriate outcome and to ensure his client’s voice is heard.

Immigration (Click here to download Matthew’s Immigration CV)

Matthew frequently appears before the First-Tier Tribunal and has experience in a wide range of immigration and asylum hearings, from bail applications to appeals in the Upper Tribunal. He has acted in asylum and human rights, deportation and entry clearance cases. He is also instructed in immigration detention bail applications.

Matthew advises on merits in fresh claims and appeals, claims certified as clearly unfounded and regarding judicial review. Matthew has particular experience working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and is valued for his sensitive approach when working with victims of violence.

Personal Injury & General Civil

Matthew acts for both claimants and defendants and has experience of Small Claim and Fast Track cases. This has included applications to recover costs over and above those normally available in Small Claims proceedings, including successfully recovering costs on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour. He has experience at each stage of proceedings, from drafting pleadings to enforcement after trial, including Charging Orders and securing Final Third Party Debt Orders.

Matthew is versed in drafting advices in a range of areas, whatever the value of the claim. This has included advising on prospects for a well-known cinema chain and advising regarding pursuit of a dissolved company in a claim worth £2 million. He can turn around paperwork on short notice where required.


Matthew’s criminal practice involves regularly appearing in the Magistrates’, Crown and Youth courts. He has experience of clients with complex mental health needs and cases involving intermediaries. Clients value his ‘calm but firm’ manner and the effort he puts into ensuring that each client is fully involved in and understands their case.

Public Access

Matthew is trained in public access so that members of the public can, in appropriate cases, instruct him without using a solicitor. Matthew can be contacted via the clerks for public access enquiries in any of his areas of practise.

Recent Publications

‘Transparency in the Family Courts’ (co-authored with Chris Bryden), Family Law Journal, November 2014

Caravan Parks and Rainy Days’, co-authored with Chris Bryden and Matthew Shaw, Procurement & Outsourcing Journal, July/August 2015.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Called to the Bar 2011, Middle Temple

LLB (Hons) (GDL & BPTC, Very Competent), University of Law, London

MA, Classical Civilisation, University of Warwick
BA (Hons), Classical Civilisation (First), University of Warwick

Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association



Scholarships and Awards

Harmsworth Major Scholarship, Middle Temple

Fully Funded MA, University of Warwick

Prize for Best Dissertation, University of Warwick

  • Case Profile

    SSHD v A (2016): successfully resisted an appeal by the Home Office in the Upper Tribunal in a deportation case involving ABH and GBH convictions against a child.

    M v P (2016): represented the Mother in private child proceedings involving a complex international Child Arrangements Order.

    S v SSHD (2016): successful asylum appeal under Article 8 ECHR by a Senegalese woman.

    D v D (2016): represented the Wife in enforcement proceedings of a divorce settlement involving serious financial misconduct by the Husband.

    R v L (2015): defended a vulnerable man from false allegations of serious knife offences. Acquitted.

    D v SSHD (2015): successful asylum appeal by a Kurdish woman involving evidence of sexual offences.

    H v A (2015): represented the Mother in her successful application for leave to permanently remove the child from the jurisdiction.

    R v D & others (2015): multi-handed case concerning licensing and public order offences in the context of an unlicensed rave.