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MATTHEW THOM Partner

Matthew studied Law at the University of Kent before completing his Legal Practice Course at The University of Law in London where he received a distinction.

 

Matthew has specialised in family law since qualifying and has gained extensive and varied experience at several respected and leading specialist family law firms before joining Maddox Legal.

 

He has experience at dealing with a wide range of family law matters including financial matters involving mid to high-level assets. Matthew also regularly advises on pre-nuptial agreements, applications to vary maintenance, disputes regarding arrangements for children and cases involving cohabitees.

 

He is a member of Resolution, whose

members are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Matthew and other Resolution members agree to follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems.

 

Matthew is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist Solicitor in the areas of complex and high net worth finances as well as private law children matters.

 

Notable cases

 

Mr E

 

Matthew acted on behalf of a husband in a divorce and financial case where virtually all of the assets were accrued by the husband prior to the parties' marriage or relationship. Despite this, the wife argued

 

for an equal share of the assets to be provided to her as part of the parties' divorce.

 

Matthew worked with the husband to formulate a case to demonstrate to the Court that there was no need for the wife to receive an equal share of the assets since her reasonable needs could be met from a far smaller share. The Court accepted this argument and the parties ultimately settled matters outside of Court with the husband retaining the majority of the assets which he brought into the parties' marriage.

 

Mr & Mrs D

 

Matthew acted separately for a brother and sister who each wanted post-nuptial

 

agreements prepared to help protect their future wealth ahead of their father distributing large financial gifts to them as part of his inheritance tax planning.

 

The siblings were already married to their respective spouses meaning pre-nuptial agreements were not options for them. However, Matthew successfully negotiated the terms of their post nuptial agreements with the solicitors acting for each of their spouses and with the aim of protecting the financial gifts and likely inheritance due from their father.

 

The value of the potential gifts and future inheritance was up to £50 million each and, thus, the agreements are potentially very valuable for protecting the family wealth against division in a divorce in the future.

 

mthom@maddoxlegal.co.uk