Matthew Lewis is the head of our employment practice based in our Leeds office.

    Matthew trained and qualified as a trade union lawyer and has the unusual experience of both claimant and respondent work. Matthew previously worked in our London office, moving to Leeds in 2004.

    Matthew is experienced in all areas of employment law, both individual (in respect of claims raised by employees) and collective consultation and union issues. Matthew has a real depth of experience and appreciates the commercial reality in which businesses operate: The Legal 500 UK identifies Matthew for his “commercial minded” advice.

    Matthew has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme and Radio 5’s “Wake up to Money” and his articles have appeared in the Yorkshire Business Insider Magazine. He has also conducted webinars and seminars on topics such as: “Managing performance of older employees” and “Can you be fired for Facebook”.

    Matthew is head of the firm’s Retail Group and co-ordinates our retail offering. This includes running our annual Retail Debate and Multichannel survey of retailers and shoppers. Matthew is also a director of the retail-focused credit union, Retail CURe, supported by the Retail Trust and major retailers, to be launched in 2016.

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    • Advising on industrial action and strike action to minimise disruption and whether it is permissible to use agency staff to cover striking workers.
    • Steering collective redundancy processes on the closure/relocation of business and large scale restructurings.
    • Dealing with allegations of soliciting staff, breach of confidentiality by ex-employees and obtaining appropriate safeguards and resolution.
    • Project managing a pan-European integration exercise across six different jurisdictions.
    • Advising in respect of a claim of more than 300 “workers” (rather than employees) to a redundancy payment and obtaining a favourable outcome in respect of employment status.
    • Advising in the context of TUPE whether union recognition transfers and the desire not to recognise the existing union, as well as other complex TUPE issues.


    • London Guildhall University, L.P.C., 1994
    • University of Birmingham, LL.B., 1987


    • England and Wales, 1997


    • English
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Employment, National Leaders (Outside London); Yorkshire
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Employment
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Employment
    • Listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers UK as a leading individual.

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