Matthew Thom Partner
Matthew studied Law at the University of Kent before completing his Legal Practice Course at The College 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 Summit Law.
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.
He is also an Accredited Specialist with Resolution in the areas of complex and high net worth finances as well as private law children matters.
Like all of our solicitors, Matthew often works remotely and is based near Tring in Hertfordshire. Matthew therefore works with many clients who live locally to him across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and he is always happy to meet new and existing clients in these areas at a time and location convenient for them or, alternatively, to meet remotely by telephone or video link if they prefer.
Recent cases Matthew has worked on
Matthew acted on behalf of a husband in a divorce and financial case where virtually all of the assets were owned 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 he brought into the parties' marriage and the wife receiving a share adequate to meet her reasonable needs.
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.
Matthew acted for a wife in a highly acrimonious divorce and financial case against a husband with clear and strong narcissistic traits.
The case went on for nearly 4 years and involved multiple Court hearings as well as enforcement action being taken against the husband. This included applying to the Court to hold the husband to the financial agreement he agreed to voluntarily with the wife after he refused to sign the settlement paperwork.
Matthew was successful in obtaining an order from the Court binding the husband to the agreement as well as requiring the husband to pay the wife's legal costs for having to make the application.
Matthew also helped the wife to enforce the terms of the financial settlement through the Court after the husband began breaching the settlement terms.
Matthew acted on behalf of a wife in divorce and financial matters where the husband was employed and working in the UAE and with almost no assets based in England.
Matthew was able to secure a financial settlement for the wife and children which included spousal maintenance, reasonable child maintenance and a pension sharing order on behalf of the wife. This enabled her to purchase a property for her and her children to reside and to begin planning for her future retirement.
What Matthew's clients say
- "I always found him to be professional, very knowledgeable and quick to respond. He sorted my access issues out within 3 months and I can never thank him enough for that. I also found him to be very understanding and empathetic. Highly recommend his services.".
- "From the start he was supportive, understanding and very professional. He has guided me throughout my divorce and helped me through the process, keeping me updated at all times and always making himself available. His help has been greatly appreciated and I would highly recommend.".
- "Matthew was always very professional, supportive and quick in his responses to my many questions. I was always advised where we were in the process, which was quite lengthly due to covid and lockdown...".
- "Matthew Thom helped me through the most important and trying stages of my case. I was continually kept abreast of all the options available to me and was also given good advice regarding the costs involved.".
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He was knowledgeable, yet sensitive when dealing with matters. Matthew too is very articulate and has a great sense of urgency when required.