Matthew Brunsdon-Tully

Partner, Head of Family ADR & Innovation

Family




T: +44 (0)20 7395 3159
mbt@wedlakebell.com



Expertise

Matthew’s background is as a family law barrister and litigator in financial remedies, private law children and jurisdiction disputes as a barrister at 1 Hare Court (Band 1). He moved to Forsters LLP in 2019 and then Wedlake Bell in 2022 and is now highly experienced at dealing with pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. In addition he is a CEDR-trained mediator, and experienced at providing representation for clients within lawyer-led mediations and Private FDRs.


Experience

  • Involved in some leading family law cases like MacLeod (Privy Council), Agbaje (Supreme Court), Myerson No.1 and No.2 (Court of Appeal) and Radmacher v Granatino (Supreme Court)
  • Other highlighted cases: Freddi v Traversa (Bodey J), Lofthouse v Box (Birss J), Mann v Mann (CA), Arbili v Arbili (CA), ACS v CS (Munby P), W(A Child) (CA)
  • More recent cases are confidential and have mostly been settled discreetly without final decisions or judgments, whether at Private FDR or in arbitration

Career History

  • Called to the Bar in 2007 (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • LSE (BA), UCL (LLM), undertaking eMBA
  • Lord Denning Scholarship
  • 2nd in Bar year Inter-Provider mooting competition
  • Hubert Greenland Award
  • Pegasus Scholarship to Supreme Court of NZ
  • Former tutor in law at LSE and King’s College London
  • Strada MBA Scholarship for Emerging Leaders

Publications

  • Appeals chapter in Rayden and Jackson (https://lexisweb.co.uk/sources/rayden-jackson-on-divorce-and-family-matters)
  • Financial remedy arbitrations – now a very appealing prospect? – Solicitors Journal (2022)
  • Comment (The Times, 11 November 2021): Family courts risk sacrificing privacy for transparency
  • Virtual Family Courts: the effect on participants – Solicitors Journal (2021)
  • How to be sure of disclosure in the virtual world, eprivateclient, 13 May 2020
  • Why Nuptial Agreements Are Essential In The Wealth Protection Toolkit, Campden FB, 3 December 2019
  • Compensation in Financial Remedies Cases – Parthian Shots and The Emperor’s New Clothes – Family Law Week (2014)
  • The continuing role of the FDR Judge after Myerson – Family Law Week (2009)
  • There Is an ‘A’ in ‘ADR’ but Does Anybody Know What It Means Anymore? 28. CJQ 218 (2009)

Endorsements and Memberships

  • Legal 500 2021: “Energetic, empathetic and can always see the bigger picture”
  • Consistently ranked in Chambers as a “star of the future” while a Barrister, 1 Hare Court 2009-2019
  • Vice-Chair of Resolution Pensions, Tax and Financial Remedies Committee
  • Resolution Transparency Working Group
  • Association of London Welsh Lawyers

"Matthew Brunsdon-Tully advises high net worth clients on matrimonial and children matters. An interviewee notes: "He is fantastic, he can really see the wood for the trees, which is so important. He has a real clarity of thought and can really see the strategic picture." A barrister explains: "He gives top-quality advice, not just on the law but also on the approach a court and a judge is likely to take to a particular case."


— Chambers HNW Guide 2021 (Band 3)

"Top Recommended: Matthew Brunsdon Tully is gaining a reputation as a rising star of family law. Clients praise his strategic approach to cases, in-depth procedural knowledge, and ability to draw on his experience of the bar and bench. This understanding of how cases will likely play out is crucial to positioning his clients for successful outcomes. Brunsdon Tully was heavily involved in the case of Macleod in the Privy Council, which changed the law on nuptial agreements, laying the groundwork for the successful appeal in Radmacher. This has given him not just a deep understanding of nuptial agreements, but also their potential strengths and weaknesses in litigation."


— Spear’s 500 2021 and 2022

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