Matthew has over 30 years` experience as a solicitor, having qualified in 1991. He has specialised exclusively in employment law since 1995, and advises clients on all aspects of employment law, with a particular interest in discrimination issues.
Matthew also has substantial experience in advising on the employment law aspects of business transfers, mergers and acquisitions (including TUPE issues), and also regularly represents clients in Employment Tribunal cases.
Matthew was a partner at Irwin Mitchell LLP solicitors in Leeds from June 2003, heading up the firm`s Leeds and Sheffield employment teams. In 2012, Matthew set up his own legal advisory practice, and over the last decade has regularly provided his services to clients in a freelance solicitor capacity.
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My father, who was a solicitor, was always very encouraging and gave me this advice about dealing with cases – “Just remember, there are always two sides to every story.”
I always have that in the back of my mind professionally and personally!
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Optimal People and Business are experts in all things HR. We worked successfully with them to produce a series of information videos to help businesses during the Corona lockdown. We are looking forward to working with them again in the near future as we grow our business.
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5* all round, Mel was extremely helpful and answered all my questions, very friendly and professional. Recommended to others and would definitely use again. Thank you again Mel and Helen.
Mel and her team are fantastic, help me all along the way with some complex issues. Couldn't recommend more.
I've used Optimal PBS on a couple of occasions now to assist with due diligence on an acquisition i've been working on and also to provide contract and handbook production. Cannot fault the support or advice provided.
We love this company and Mel is a god send to our business, she sorted everything for us from employee contracts to helping us source the right accountant, she is at the end of the phone whenever I have any HR questions (even when on holiday) can not fault her commitment. Keep up the good work!