Matt is a Senior Associate in the Employment, Pensions and Immigration team. Matt is qualified and admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand.
Matt is experienced in advising on a comprehensive range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including contractual issues, executive terminations, disciplinary and grievance processes, redundancy and restructuring, restrictive covenants, senior executive issues and complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims. He also has experience in supporting the employment aspects of M&A transactions and managing and advising on TUPE issues.
Matt is also an experienced litigator, with experience in defending Employment Tribunal litigation including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims in the UK. In addition to this, Matt advises human resources teams on day-to-day matters such as including disciplinary and grievance issues and capability and performance.
Matt is also a regular speaker and presenter on key topics in employment law.
Matt is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Assisting clients in the financial services and marine sectors in relation to restrictive covenant and business protection matters;
Advising clients in a range of sectors on the introduction of new IR35 legislation;
Advising clients and non-profit organisations on furlough leave, redundancy and HR matters relating to the COVID-19 pandemic;
Guiding clients through complex disciplinary and grievances processes and outcomes;
Representing employers in Employment Tribunal litigation including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims;
Advising clients on TUPE obligations relating to services contracts and business sales and purchases;
Advising clients on the employment aspects of M&A;
Advising clients on managing disabled employees and those with long term physical and mental illness;
Advising clients on historical obligations in relation to underpayment of holiday pay;
Advising on, drafting and negotiating employment contracts for the full range of employment levels and types;
Drafting and advising on HR policies and procedures; and
Negotiating employee exits and settlement agreements.