Max’s work includes divorce, financial remedies, disputes between unmarried couples, private and international children cases and jurisdiction disputes.
He has advised and acted at all levels up to the High Court and is comfortable both on his own or as a junior in a larger team. He represents individuals, trusts and companies and his cases frequently involve international elements.
His recent work has included:
- Successfully seeking the set-aside and strike out of applications under Part III following financial provision in Jersey: H v H (awaiting publication);
- Successfully representing a father in returning his daughter to Latvia following her abduction: Re A (A Child) (Hague Abduction; Art 13(b): Protective Measures)  EWHC 649 (Fam); and,
- Successfully representing the second to fourth respondent intervenors in respect of applications: to set aside share transfers; a sham allegation in respect of a loan; and, to vary an alleged nuptial settlement (led by Harry Oliver).
He is a frequent contributor to 1KBW’s publications and is a co-author of 1KBW on Trusts in Matrimonial Finance Proceedings and a contributor to Jackson’s Matrimonial Finance 10th Edition (with responsibility for the TOLATA chapter). Prior to joining 1 King’s Bench Walk, Max held visiting lectureships in Contract Law and the Law of Trusts at King’s College London.
Max practises in all areas of divorce and family finance, frequently involving property, companies and trusts, including:
- Financial remedies following the dissolution of a marriage or civil partnership;
- Cohabitation and TOLATA disputes;
- Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989;
- Part III proceedings;
- Interim remedies, set-aside and freezing orders;
- Confidentiality and disclosure issues;
- Pre- and post-nuptial agreements;
- Enforcement; and,
- Contested divorce/marital status.
He successfully represented the respondent husband (unled) before the High Court in his set aside and strike out applications of Part III proceedings following financial provision made in Jersey in H v H (awaiting publication).
He was instructed as second junior to Richard Harrison QC and Deepak Nagpal in the widely publicised Aziz litigation, a dispute involving alleged assets in excess of £1bn and issues of off-shore trust structures, contested marital status, pre-acquired wealth and special contribution.
During pupillage, Max also assisted Nigel Dyer QC and Nicholas Anderson in R v B and Capita Trustees  EWFC 33,  3 FCR 519, a case involving issues of litigation misconduct, complex offshore company & trust structures and assets approaching £100m.
Max appears in the High Court in cases involving international child abduction.
Of note, he recently and successfully represented the applicant father in the return of his daughter to Latvia in Re A (A Child) (Hague Abduction; Art 13(b): Protective Measures)  EWHC 649 (Fam)
Max is frequently instructed to represent parents in disputes over contact, residence, internal and international relocation and parental responsibility.
He has a particular interest in cases where jurisdiction is in issue and was recently instructed in a forum dispute between the Cayman Islands and England & Wales and a multi-day jurisdiction dispute in the High Court.
Max acts for all parties in care and adoption proceedings.
Reputation & Awards
“He is always extremely well-prepared, bright, responsive and tenacious in court. He is also very friendly and good at reassuring the client from an early stage. He has a no-nonsense approach and is clear and direct with a client so they know exactly what to expect in court.”Solicitor, Stone Rowe Brewer
“I thought Max was highly impressive, very bright and on top of every point to an extent that belied his comparative lack of experience. He was also, just as importantly, a thoroughly pleasant opponent.” – Opponent, Ranked Senior Junior
“An extremely talented barrister who quickly familiarises himself with detailed information. Max is charismatic, assertive and robust in his approach, yet also empathetic and sensitive towards the needs of the client. A good negotiator with excellent people skills that set him apart as a leader in his field. Highly recommended.” – Consultant Solicitor, Setfords
“I was impressed by Max’s thorough and attentive preparation of the case and helpful approach before and after the hearing, and the client was pleased with the outcome and Max’s calm and reassuring approach at court” – Solicitor, Jones Nickolds
“Max works hard, is highly effective in court and is excellent with clients. He is passionate and thorough when solving legal problems and valiant in fighting for the client’s cause.” – Solicitor, Vickers
“Max represented a client of mine in a private children matter, he secured the client’s trust and confidence from their initial meeting, which was only on the morning of the court hearing. Max listened to the client’s concerns and was compassionate and reassuring. When in court he portrayed the client’s position convincingly and got the judge onside. After just brief submissions the Judge made the interim order we were seeking” – Senior Associate, Pinney Talfourd
Awards and Scholarships
- University of Law: Advocacy Scholar
- University of Law: Ranked 2nd in year for Advocacy Allocation.
- Kaplan Law School: Advocacy Scholar
- Lincoln’s Inn: Sunley Scholar
- Lincoln’s Inn: Hardwicke Scholar
- Lincoln’s Inn: Accommodation Award
- Inns of Court Society: Moot Champion 2015
- University of Bristol: LLB (Hons) Law
- University of Law: BPTC (Very Competent) – Outstanding in Litigation, Resolution of Disputes Outside of Court and Cross-Examination
- Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- Family Law Bar Association
- Thought Leaders 4 HNW Divorce Next Gen Committee Member
- Resolution’s Brexit Working Party
- International Association of Young Lawyers
- Society of Advanced Legal Studies (Associate Fellow)
- Child Abduction Lawyers’ Association (Associate Member)
- Lincoln’s Inn Denning Society
- Co-author of 1KBW on Trusts in Matrimonial Finance Proceedings 1st Edition
- Contributor to Jackson’s Matrimonial Finance 10th Edition
- Contributor to Vulnerable Witnesses within Family and Criminal Proceedings 1st Edition