Matthew Burman

BarristerCall 2007

Matthew specialises in public and private law proceedings under the Children Act 1989. He is regularly instructed to represent Local Authorities, parents and Children’s Guardians in care proceedings at all stages of the process from first to final hearing. In private law proceedings, Matthew regularly acts for mothers and fathers as well as ‘Rule 16.4’ Guardians. Matthew is often available to attend court at short notice. He ensures that his professional clients are updated promptly after every hearing and is also available to provide ad hoc advice between hearings as required. Matthew is also well versed in proceedings under the Family Law Act 1996 including applications for Non-Molestation Orders, Occupation Orders and transfers of tenancy. He has a wealth of experience before all levels of court from Magistrates to the High Court.

After completing the Bar Vocational Course in 2007, Matthew worked as a paralegal at a number of Magic Circle city firms before working as an outdoor clerk for a high street family law firm. Matthew undertook pupillage in London before spending several years developing his family law practice in St Albans, Hertfordshire. He joined New Court Chambers in September 2017.

Law LLB- London School of Economics- 1st (2006)

Bar Vocational Course- BPP Holborn- Very Competent (2007)

Called to the Bar in October 2007

Family Law Bar Association

Middle Temple

  • 8 day final hearing representing father in care proceedings- complex fact finding hearing involving bone fractures to a small child- multiple experts involved.
  • Representing a local authority throughout care proceedings that required High Court involvement to seize passports and determination of habitual residence of subject child.
  • Representing prospective special guardians in care proceedings where there were complex international issues of placing children abroad under Brussels II Revised.
  • Representing a Children’s Guardian in complex long-running care proceedings involving 7 children and 3 parents.

“I am a local childcare practitioner who has experience of also working for a Local Authority. I have been very impressed with Matthew Burman’s work. In particular his consistently organised approach, timely reporting after the hearing, attention to detail and conciliatory approach. He brings a calm but firm approach to the cases, often brokering a sensible way forward which best suits the needs of his clients, be they Local Authority, parent or child. I would unhesitatingly instruct him on my cases and have done so.”

– Nicole Tynan, Senior Solicitor


“Mr Burman is very frequently instructed by me and this is because of his very good grasp and knowledge of complex care issues, professional manner and flexibility to instructions. Matthew’s personality is such that he is liked by all my professionals clients and they will often ask for him specifically to represent them.”

– Harveena Sohanpal, SBS Solicitors, Luton



Data Controller


I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a Data Controller for the personal data that I hold and process as a barrister. My registered address is New Court Chambers, Temple, London EC4Y 9BE and my registration number is Z238955X.


Data Collection

All of the information that I hold about you is provided to or gathered by us in the course of your case and/or proceedings. Your solicitor and I will tell you why we need the information and how we will use it.


Lawful Basis for processing your information

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires all organisations / individuals that process personal data to have a Lawful Basis for doing so. The Lawful Bases identified in the GDPR are:

·      Consent of the data subject
·      Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
·      Compliance with a legal obligation
·      To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
·      Performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
·      The legitimate interests of ourselves, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.


Examples of legitimate interests include:

  • Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller;
  • Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes;
  • Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
  • Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
  • Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.


My Lawful Basis is:

·      Your consent
·      To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
·      Compliance with a legal obligation


My Legitimate Interest is:

·      You are a client
·      The processing is necessary for administering justice
·      The processing is necessary in relation to legal proceedings, for obtaining legal advice, or otherwise for establishing, exercising or defending legal rights

I use your information to:

  • Provide legal advice and representation
  • Communicate with you about services, updates and events


I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.


I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This includes:


Client data

  • Name;
  • Email;
  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Date of birth;
  • Location details;
  • Medical history and current medical health;
  • Criminal convictions;
  • Social work involvement;
  • Ethnic origin;
  • Religious background.


I may share your personal data with:

  • Instructing solicitors;
  • Pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
  • Opposing Counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case;
  • My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services;
  • My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
  • Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties to meet our legal obligations;
  • Any other party where I ask you and your consent to the sharing.


Transfers to third countries and international organisations

I store my case files on Dropbox which is a cloud hosted environment based in the US.

Dropbox relies upon a variety of legal mechanisms for its international transfer of personal data from the EU to the United States. Dropbox is certified under the EU-US and Swiss US Privacy Shield Programs regarding the collection, use and retention of personal data and its transfer from the EU and Switzerland to the United States.

In addition to the Privacy Shield, Dropbox also provides strong contractual guarantees around the privacy of its services and relies on the EU Model Contract Clauses to cover its international transfers of data.

I am satisfied that such transferred data is fully protected and safeguarded as required by the General Data Protection Regulation.


Retention of data

I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it.


My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to fraud prevention and protecting customers’ safety and security.


Your Rights

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you, you can ask us to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, you can ask us to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask us to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with you.



Data Protection Policy available on request.