Matthew Haynes practises in all areas of family law, including public and private law, matrimonial and cohabitation cases. His care work includes acting in non-accidental injury cases. His cohabitation work includes both court and advisory work regarding trusts of land and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 cases. His ancillary relief work has included issues of company and partnership assets, bankruptcy, agricultural issues, and dissipation of assets. Matthew Haynes has experience of cohabitation cases and trusts of land. He also undertakes work in relation to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Recent cases have included In the Matter of C (A Child)(No.2) (Application by Dr X and Y) 2016] EWFC 7, a case concerning an expert seeking disclosure of material to protect his professional reputation where the President gave some outline of the principles to be applied when seeking costs against another party, and DR v GR & Ors  EWHC 1196 (Fam) where guidance was given in joining companies into financial relief proceedings.
In civil work, he undertakes contentious and non-contentious probate work, including issues relating to the validity of wills, including forged wills, the construction and rectification of wills, testamentary estoppel, as well as the removal of executors. Real property disputes include boundary disputes, ad-verse possession, easements, restrictive Covenants, leasehold enfranchise-ment.
Additionally, he has undertaken direct access work in these fields and, be-sides court and advisory work, he has represented parties at mediation.