Matthew Wyard

Matthew Wyard


Education Law, Childcare, Litigation +44(0)29 2070 6444 or (+44)(0) 20 8891 4488 Extension: 336Cardiff and London


Matthew was called to the bar in March 2014 and practises in the Firm’s public law and litigation departments. He has appeared in his own right before the High Court, County Court, Court of Protection, Family Court,the First Tier and Upper Tribunals, Magistrates Court, SENTW, the Employment Tribunal and various specialist education law Tribunals. He has been involved in a diverse range of public law and business law matters in the education, health and social care sectors, as well as the media sector, an area of work that he is keen to develop.

Cases of note that Matthew has been involved in include:

  • Re: G (unreported) – Application to the High Court (Family Division) within Hague Convention proceedings to discharge wardship
  • DJ v The Welsh Ministers & Ors [2018] EWHC 2735 (Admin) – a challenge to the Welsh Ministers Guidance on post 16 education
  • Thilakawardhana v OIA [2018] EWCA Civ 13 – application for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal and the substantive appeal
  • Zahid v University of Manchester [2017] EWHC 188 (Admin) – leading authority on the relationship between the courts and the OIA
  • DS v Wolverhampton City Council [2017] EWHC 1660 (Admin) – considering the application of s19 Education Act 1996
  • AC v OIA (unreported) – considering the legality of the OIA’s rules

He is familiar with and has experience advising on and drafting a wide range of commercial documentation including:

  • A Joint Venture Agreement for a construction start up
  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Terms and Conditions of Business for a niche social media consultancy
  • A student contract and debt policy for a leading music school
  • Contribution agreements for various forms of media
  • Various forms of intellectual property agreements
  • Various employment contracts

He has prepared various types of court documentation including:

  • Various advices, including on the merits of various judicial review challenges
  • Various position statements and skeleton arguments in the Family Court
  • Particulars of claim in a complex multi-jurisdictional breach of contract, negligence and personal injury claim
  • Part 18 requests and replies in relation to, amongst other matters, a claim under the Solicitors Act 1974
  • Multiple draft grounds for judicial review
  • A position statement on behalf of P for the final hearing in a case concerning P’s right to decide how she wished to die
  • Various judicial review pre action protocol letters on a variety of different education and social care matters
  • Written submissions for a complex care trial

Matthew is a member of the Attorney General’s Civil Counsel Panel (Junior Juniors Scheme) and is regularly instructed to prepare Summary Grounds of Resistance in judicial review proceedings on behalf of the Government Legal Department.

During pupillage Matthew spent time on secondment to a prestigious family law chambers in London to work alongside a leading childcare silk and assisted him prepare all aspects of a 5 day care trial, as well as a hearing before an internal university panel.

Prior to his pupillage Matthew spent 2 years working for a specialist education law firm in central London and 1 year for a boutique firm advising the public sector on various public law matters. Matthew also spent 6 months working as a legal assistant to Urmilla Boolell SC at a top tier commercial chambers in Mauritius.

Alongside practise, Matthew is a contributing editor to Clarke Hall and Morrison on Children, the leading practitioner text on child law, as well as a regular contributor to Lexis PSL, providing updates on the law to the legal profession. Matthew is currently writing content for the forthcoming, inaugural edition of the new Education Law Handbook and, has previously been published in The Times Higher Education, the Education Law Monitor and the Solicitors Journal.