- LLB (Hons) – University of Reading
- BPTC – Manchester Metropolitan University
Matt is a common law practitioner, whose practice consists mainly of employment & discrimination, crime, civil litigation and public law.
Matt regularly appears in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts both prosecuting and defending, including multi-week hearings in the Crown Court as well as regulatory crime in the Magistrates’ Court and serious crime in the Youth Court. He is a Grade 2 CPS prosecutor.
“The Court staff and the defence have all said how well he conducted the case, how well he managed it…and how good he was with the witnesses.”
Employment & Discrimination
As well as appearing regularly in the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunals (and civil courts), Matt regularly advises on employment and non-employment discrimination cases in the First-tier Tribunal and County Court.
He is an experienced appeal advocate, and regularly argues complex points of law, including being instructed against silks.
Matt acts for both employers and employees in multi-day discrimination, TUPE, whistleblowing, restrictive covenant and equal pay cases.
Matt is often instructed to act and advise in a number of contractual and professional negligence matters. His other experience includes:
- acting for a vendor defending a claim for specific performance;
- acting in a professional negligence matter arising from ancillary relief proceedings;
- advising on the recoverability of a deposit paid for a lease transfer;
- drafting grounds for judicial review and appeal to the Court of Appeal in a leasehold enfranchisement matter
- advising in respect of removal of a fraudulently obtained mortgage charge;
- defending a claim brought under a CFA and issued without jurisdiction;
- defending a claim under the Protection from Harassment act 1997 brought by a local authority in the High Court.
He accepts instructions in most areas of contentious business in the civil courts.
Before coming to the bar, Matt was often instructed in public law matters, particularly those involving elements relating to the social security system. His work has included matters both in the administrative tribunals, as well as “traditional” judicial review claims.
He is happy to accept publicly funded work in this field, or cases with alternative funding structures.
- Bar Pro Bono Unit
- Criminal Bar Association
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Free Representation Unit
- Industrial Law Society
Defended a historic allegation of blackmail. A half time appeal on territorial jurisdiction based on Criminal Justice Act 1993 was upheld by the first trial judge Acquittal secured following a retrial ordered by the Court of Appeal.
R v KC – Successful appeal against restrictive terms in a Criminal Behaviour Order
R v OL &MK Co-defended, with Nadeem Aullybocus, an allegation of the use of an imitation firearm, offensive weapons and an affray
R v BT prosecuting a member of door staff convicted of ABH in an attack leaving the complainant unconscious and with a dislocated shoulder
Employment & Discrimination
Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd v Patel UKEAT/0348/15 (Heard in Court of Appeal on 9th May 2018) – Where an employee appeals against their dismissal, is there an implied term that if the appeal is successful the employer can unilaterally revive the contract?
Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti  EWCA Civ 1632;  IRLR 251 – Whose motivation is to be attributed to an employer when an employee is dismissed? Matthew’s application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been granted.
Jhuti v Royal Mail Group Ltd, SSBEIS & The Law Society  All ER (D) 248 (Jul) – Establishing for the first time that Employment Tribunals have power to appoint litigation friends.
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Knight  IRLR 605 – Successfully resisting appeal against finding a director was also an employee.
Vernon v Azure Support Services & Others  All ER (D) 11 (Dec) – Where liability for discrimination transfers to a new employer via TUPE, time for a non-equal pay Equality Act 2010 claim runs from the date of the act (or continuing act) not the date of the transfer.
Kelly v Fylde Community Link  All ER (D) 188 (Aug) – Appeal allowed against decision finding there was “some other substantial reason” for a dismissal.
Audere Medical Services v Sanderson  All ER (D) 124 (Sep) – A Polkey or contributory fault reduction can be made in a case of automatically unfair dismissal.
Jamu v Asda Stores Ltd & Others UKEAT/0221/15 – Successful appeal against dismissal of claims for failure to make reasonable adjustments. Although decided on different grounds, argument was made on whether the Framework Directive requires there to be a cause of action for associative discrimination.
AG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions CE/1107/2013