Matthew Fletcher

Matt is a children’s law specialist and practises in Administrative Law and in the Court of Protection. He has appeared in all levels of court save for the Supreme Court. His practice spans all aspects of private law children’s proceedings with an interest in international and immigration issues. His public law practice specialises in the most serious cases often with complex international, jurisdictional or factual issues. He acts for and against local authorities in Administrative Court matters and in the Court of Protection on behalf of the Official Solicitor, family members and for the local authority. He is recommended in Chambers and Partners, is an advocacy trainer for Lincoln’s Inn and has written widely on family law matters.
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Local authority duties for advice and assistance for certain children and young persons
Practice notes

This Practice Note has been produced to assist practitioners in navigating local authority duties to children and young people who may be entitled to advice and assistance in England only. This will include children who are subject to care orders or who are or have been voluntarily accommodated by the local authority and in terms of educational prospects, any young person who has been in state care either in the jurisdiction or elsewhere.

Local authority duties towards children looked after by them
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the duties a local authority has in relation to children looked after by them, which includes children who are subject to care orders, interim care orders and those who are voluntarily accommodated by the local authority pursuant to section 20 of the Children Act 1989. It covers a local authority’s duty to safeguard and promote a child’s welfare and make such services available for children as are reasonable, specifically in relation to placing the child in suitable accommodation and preparing a care plan.

Practice areas


  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn
  • Family Law Bar Association


  • Contributing Author
  • Q&A Panel


  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincolns Inn
  • Tancred Studentship, Lincolns Inn
  • LLB (Hons) LSE University of London BVC, BPP
  • Robinson Scholarship, Lincolns Inn

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