Clive Matthews

Call: 2019, 1981 (Solicitor of England and Wales)

Specialist in


Clive was admitted as a solicitor in 1981, and, in 1983, he co-founded Farrell Matthews and Weir (which was incorporated, as FMW Law Ltd, in 2010, and which became part of GT Stewart Ltd, in 2018).

He became a children panel solicitor in 1984 and was appointed a children panel interviewer and assessor in 2000. He has had higher rights of audience (all proceedings) since 1996 and has always conducted his own advocacy. Clive transferred to the Bar and was called in 2019.

In his 40 years of practice, his advocacy specialism has been representing children in public law proceedings. He has represented children and parents at every level of court and has proved to be a fearless advocate for children.

“Clive represented a vulnerable mother in a final hearing, which involved alleged findings of physical harm to a child, amongst other matters.

He was new to the case as at final hearing, but it was clear at the conference that he had an excellent grasp of the history and facts of the case. His manner with the client was kind and reassuring.

During the final hearing, he provided regular updates and challenged the evidence in analytical detail, going above and beyond in fighting for the client.” – National Legal Services