Matt Cannan.

Assistant Solicitor

Blair Allison / Our People / Matt Cannan

Matt specialises in all aspects of children work.

Matt represents parents, family members and children in public law care proceedings where the Local Authority has raised concerns and may be looking to remove a child from a family.

Matt also represents parents and children in private law proceedings relating to contact arrangements between children and their parents, residence disputes and other such disputes where children are involved.

Having spent two years as a legal assistant specialising in children work and then undertaking a two year training contract with Anthony Collins, Matt qualified as a solicitor in 2011. He conducts much of his own advocacy having representing clients in all levels of court up to and including the High Court.

Matt takes a client focused approach and has great empathy for those he represents whilst also being clear and to the point. He fights hard for his clients at all stages. Matt has experience in a wide variety of cases including but not limited to neglect cases, representing those with drug and alcohol problems through to complex non-accidental injury cases where a child has been harmed as well as cases involving terrorism offences and various complex issues. Matt has also represented family members seeking to care for children under a range of orders such as Special Guardianship Orders and Child Arrangement Orders where the child’s parents have been unable to care for them. He has also dealt with issues around removing children from the jurisdiction and complex contact disputes as well as domestic abuse and mental health issues in cases.

Matt has been an active member of the Birmingham legal community. He was a director of the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors Society. He regularly attends the Law Society Family Law Group.

On top of this, Matt is also a community Governor of two local schools working with them for the benefit of the children who attend those schools and lending his experience in child protection matters and the law in general. Matt has also been a charity trustee in the past.

Outside of work, Matt has a love for all things sport related. He can often be found playing football or on a golf course and also enjoys running, heading to the gym and the occasional game of squash. Matt is a particular fan of football, rugby, cricket and Formula 1. He also enjoys film and TV as well as reading.

Contact Matt Cannan:
Call: 0121 233 2904
Email: mattcannan@blairallison.co.uk

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