Matt Foster, Associate
Matt advises clients on all aspects of family law including nuptial agreements, relationship breakdown and divorce, financial disputes and private children law.
Matt has experience of complicated and high value financial cases, including those involving valuable and complex asset bases (such as family businesses and trusts) and those with an international dimension. Matt works with clients, together with other members of the team, to resolve matters by agreement but litigates where required. He has successfully acted for clients whose ex-partners have sought to conceal their assets or dissipate their wealth.
Matt has a particular interest in disputes relating to children and acts on a wide range of matters such as general living arrangements, relocation, overseas travel, choice of school and change of surname. Matt has acted in a number of cases involving serious safeguarding risks including allegations of domestic abuse, drug/alcohol abuse and parental alienation.
Matt also advises on family law matters in the context of wealth protection and succession planning, often alongside colleagues from the firm’s Tax, Trust and Succession team. This includes advising on and drafting financial agreements (such as nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements) and advising on the appointment of guardians for separated parents.
Matt is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
Acting in a number of financial cases for clients who own very valuable businesses. Several of these cases involved advising on sophisticated settlement arrangements to ensure that the business remains intact following separation and one case involved facilitating the sale of the client’s business during the course of settlement negotiations.
Acting for a client in heavily contested proceedings during which their ex-partner sought to conceal assets from the court, tried to transfer assets to third parties and breached numerous court orders resulting in successful enforcement action.
Acting for a client in respect of contact arrangements for a child in circumstances involving very serious allegations of abuse against the other parent, including psychological and sexual abuse
Acting for a client in wide-ranging proceedings relating to their child including child arrangements, overseas travel, choice of school and change of surname.
Advising in respect of a complex prenuptial agreement for a client from a very wealthy and international family and who was a beneficiary under a number of valuable offshore trusts.