Max is a specialist in all aspects of family law. Max has advised and acted at all levels up to the High Court (most recently in a multi-day jurisdiction dispute).
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. During pupillage, Max’s supervisors were Peter Newman, Nicholas Anderson and Victoria Green. Max therefore gained experience of complex matrimonial finance cases, child abduction and public/private children work.
Max practises in all areas of family finance, frequently involving property, companies and trusts, including:
- Financial remedies following the dissolution of a marriage or civil partnership;
- Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989;
- Cohabitation disputes;
- Interim remedies and freezing orders;
- Pre- and post-nuptial agreements;
- Nuptial trusts/settlements;
- Jurisdiction; and,
- Contested divorce/marital status.
During pupillage, Max assisted Nicholas Anderson and Nigel Dyer QC in R v B and Capita Trustees  EWFC 33, a case involving issues of litigation misconduct, complex off-short company & trust structures and assets approaching £100m.
Max appears in the High Court in cases involving international child abduction.
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.
Max acts for all parties in care and adoption proceedings.
Reputation & Awards
‘He is always extremely well-prepared, bright, responsive and tenacious in court.’Solicitor, Stone Rowe Brewer
‘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
‘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
‘For my part, I thought he was thoroughly prepared for our conference and I was impressed with his excellent client manner. Whilst I was not able to attend court with him on this occasion, the feedback I received was all positive, so I thank Max for his hard work.’ – Solicitor, RadcliffesLeBrasseur
‘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’ – Associate, Pinney Talfourd
Awards and Scholarships
- University of Law: Advocacy Scholar
- 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)
- Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- Family Law Bar Association
- Resolution’s Brexit Working Party
- International Association of Young Lawyers
- Child Abduction Lawyers’ Association (Associate Member)
- Lincoln’s Inn Junior Members’ Association
Max was Editor-in-chief of the inaugural University of Law Student Journal.