Employment and Equalities
Matthew has an extensive Employment Law practice regularly advising and representing both Claimants and Respondents. He has been recognised as an employment barrister, noted as a Leading Junior in the Legal 500 for each of the last 5 years, described as "a rising star who punches well above his weight" an accolade which is demonstrated with his work on numerous complex multi-day cases across the Western Circuit.
Matthew has appeared in Employment Tribunals on behalf of both employer and employee in unfair dismissal, TUPE, redundancy, disability discrimination, age discrimination, race discrimination and whistle-blowing cases.
Matthew is particularly adept at getting to grips with the details in technically complex cases, demonstrated by a number of cases he has undertaken for airports and flight schools requiring detailed understanding of Aviation law, and also for regulated professions such as care homes and schools requiring an understanding of the CQC/Ofsted requirements. His recommendation in the Legal 500 notes him for his thorough preparation and meticulous attention to detail (2017).
Matthew is frequently asked to advise on all aspects of an employment law dispute, from drafting merits and pleadings to appropriate quantum and terms of settlement. He is instructed by large national corporations and solicitors from across the country as well as individual claimants who require a dedicated, competent and technically able Barrister.
Recent Cases include:
- D v N Ltd - successfully representing a Claimant against a nationwide company in a 4-day disability discrimination case which resulted in a substantial award of aggravated damages and an exceptionally large costs order in excess of £17,000.
- McGlinchy & anor v TAG Farnborough - successfully representing a respondent in a race, disability discrimination and whistleblowing case involving 40 alleged protected disclosures where his meticulous attention to both the merits of the circumstances as well as the specific technical issues of aviation law saw all claims dismissed.
- B & 13 ors v A Local Authority & 7 ors - a junior being led on a multi-party TUPE service provision change claim relating to domiciliary care contracts.