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Matthew Hellens

Call 1992


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Having been called in 1992, Matthew spent six years at the Bar before re-qualifying as a solicitor. After seven years in a high street practice as an employee and then a partner, he returned to the Bar in 2006. Having experience of both limbs of the profession, he is able to see and understand the needs of his client both as a solicitor, who would see them on a day-to-day basis (particularly when his court role has ceased) and as a barrister does when focussing on the particular issues at hand.

Matthew is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar Council Public Access scheme.

Matthew was also appointed as a Recorder in September 2019.


Reported Cases

Re M (Removal from Jurisdiction: Adjourment) [2010] EWCA Civ 888
Father wishing to take child to non-Hague Convention Country for holiday. Court should approach matter on basis expert evidence is required: if it were not, Court should explain why normal practice not followed.


MA Law (Clare College, Cambridge)


Tancred Scholar, Lincoln's Inn



Family Law Bar Association


Areas of Practice

Family including financial remedies

Public children law (for parents, guardians and local authority)

Private children law (including removal from jurisdiction)

Cohabitants' disputes.


Outside Interests

If the Bar were not my work, technology would probably be my career rather than a hobby.


"The barristers are friendly, thorough and personable and are always willing to help. The clerk's and admin staff are excellent and always go over and beyond to assist."


"The cohesive clerking team in Chambers have a combined depth of experience which is second to none."


"Impressive skills to handle intractable and challenging divorce and financial remedy cases."


"Chambers has a dedicated and professional clerking team. They are able to deal with any enquiry and are most helpful and reassuring" 


"They have a wide range of top quality senior and junior barristers who deal with high net worth financial work and can handle any type of children work." 


"James Doble has an innate ability to assist in choosing the right barrister for the right case. He leads his team meticulously."