After gaining a degree in History at Exeter, including a year spent studying at the University of Amsterdam, Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 2004. He joined Hunters in 2007, becoming an Associate in 2010 and a Partner in 2012
He has experience of most areas of private client work, in particular lifetime and post-death tax and succession planning for UK individuals and has considerable experience in probate and estate administration, including complex estates involving business and agricultural property, as well as cross border issues.. His practice also encompasses Lasting Powers of Attorney, applications to the Court of Protection in respect of statutory wills and lifetime gifts, and the administration of trusts. Matthew’s work involves supervising other members of the team in relation to the full range of private client work, including probate.
Matthew is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.
Matthew is recommended in the Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate section of The Legal 500 2015.
Matthew is recommended in the Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate section of The Legal 500 2017 where referrers note that he is “very discreet and patient’, and with him ‘you always know what is happening and why.”
Matthew is recommended in The Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate department in The Legal 500 2019.
“Personable” The Legal 500
“Trust and taxation expert Matthew Yates” The Legal 500
“Reliable” The Legal 500