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

Privacy Policy


In order to provide legal advice and representation, I need to collect and hold personal information. This may be your personal data or information relating to other parties involved in the matter. I will take all possible steps to protect personal information. I will ensure that I do not do anything that may infringe your rights or undermine your trust. This privacy notice describes the information I collect about you, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding it.



Data controller


I, Matthew Burman am a member of New Court Chambers. 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 ICO registration number is Z238955X. If you need to contact me about your data or this privacy notice, you can reach me at  or via the clerks at




Data collection


All of the information that I hold about you is provided to, or gathered by, me in the course of your case and/or proceedings. Your solicitor and/or I will tell you why we need the information and how we will use it. In addition to the information you may provide to me or your solicitor, I also obtain information from other sources as follows:


  • Information that is available publicly in registers, searches or in the media
  • Other legal professionals including solicitors and barristers and their associates, trainees and staff
  • Chambers staff
  • Expert witnesses
  • Prosecution bodies
  • Regulatory, public or administrative bodies
  • Court staff & officials
  • Clients
  • References



What data do I process about you?


Depending on the type of work, I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the UK GDPR. This may include:


  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Payment or bank details
  • Date of birth
  • Next of kin details
  • Details pertaining to education and employment
  • Information on your background & current circumstances
  • Financial information.


Where relevant, I may also need to process special category personal data that reveals your:


  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Political opinions
  • Religious and philosophical beliefs
  • Trade union membership
  • Genetic data
  • Biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person
  • Data concerning health
  • Sex life and sexual orientation.


On occasion, I may also process personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences.



My lawful basis for processing your information


In order that I can provide legal services and representation for you, I must process your personal data. The UK General Data Protection Regulation (the UK GDPR) requires that where I process personal data, I must have a lawful basis for doing so. The lawful bases identified in the UK GDPR that I seek to rely upon are as follows:


  • Consent of the data subject –where this required, I will ensure that I have your specific consent for processing your data for the specified purposes. You will also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Where you do so this will not affect the legality of data processing which had taken place prior to your withdrawal of consent.
  • Performance of a contract with the data subject, or to take steps to enter into a contract.
  • Compliance with a legal obligation –to comply with various regulatory and professional obligations, e.g. filing tax returns with HMRC.
  • The legitimate interests of my business 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 but are not limited to:


  • Provision of legal services and advice.
    • For purposes of practice management, accounting and debt recovery;.
  • For completion of professional regulatory requirements.
  • Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud.
  • Reporting threats to public security.
  • Such other purposes as set out below.



Special category processing


The UK GDPR specifies that where I process special category data, I must rely upon certain exemptions in order to do so lawfully. The following exemptions are applicable in my practice


  1. I have your explicit consent to do so; or
  2. It is necessary for the exercise or defence of legal claims or judicial acts.



Criminal data processing


On occasion, I process data relating to criminal offences where it is necessary for:



  • The purpose of, or in connection with, any legal proceedings;
  • The purpose of obtaining legal advice; or
  • The purposes of establishing, exercising or defending legal rights
  • Where I have your explicit consent to do so.




 I use your personal information for the following purposes:


  • Provide legal advice and representation;
  • Assist in training pupils and mini pupils;
  • Investigate and address your concerns;
  • Communicate with you about news, updates and events;
  • Investigate or address legal proceedings relating to your use of my services, or as otherwise allowed by applicable law;
  • Make statutory returns as required by [x];
  • Assist in any tendering or panel membership applications;
  • Assist in any other applications for the purpose of professional development or career progression;
  • Communicate legal updates and judgments to other legal professionals;
  • For marketing purposes.
  • For the management and administration of my practice
  • To recover debt
  • To manage complaints with regulators
  • Communications with regulators
  • Where relevant to conduct anti money laundering, terrorist financing or conflict of interest checks



In the course of processing your information to provide legal services to you, I may share your personal data with:


  • Instructing solicitors or other lawyers involved in your case;
  • A pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
  • Opposing counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case;
  • Court Officials, including the Judiciary;
  • Opposing lay clients
  • My chambers’ management and staff who provide administrative services for my practice;
  • Expert witnesses and other witnesses;
  • My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute, complaint or other legal matter;
  • Head of Chambers or complaints committee within my chambers, in the event of a complaint;
  • Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties, to meet any legal obligations;
  • Legal directories, for the purpose of professional development;
  • Any relevant panel or tendering committee, for the purpose of professional development;
  • Accountants and banking officials;
  • Regulators or arbitrators, where complaints or disputes arise;
  • Any other party where I ask you for consent, and you consent, to the sharing.
  • I may also be required to disclose your information to the Police or Intelligence services where required by law or pursuant to a court order




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 UK General Data Protection Regulation.



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 a claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests to do so.


I will typically retain hard copy case files for a period of 6 months (and for electronic files,  a period of 7 years) following the conclusion of a case/matter or receipt of final payment, whichever is the latest.


Where various pleadings and documents have been drafted, they may be retained for learning purposes and legal research. Where this is the case, I will anonymise the personal information/redact information which may identify an individual/risk assess the continued retention of the documents.



Your rights

The UK GDPR gives you specific rights in terms of your personal data. For example, you have the right of access to 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 me to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, and you can ask me to stop sending you direct mail or emails or, in some circumstances, ask me to stop processing your details.


Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data, you can complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how I have processed your information or dealt with your query. You may also seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred.


You can find out more information from the ICO’s website:



Accessing and correcting your information


You may request access to, correction of, or a copy of your information by contacting me at  or via the clerks at



Marketing opt-outs


You may opt out of receiving emails and other messages from my practice by following the instructions in those messages.



I will occasionally update my privacy notice. When I make significant changes, I will notify you of these through either mail or email. I will also publish the updated notice on my website/chambers’ website profile.