Matthew Newnham
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Matthew was admitted as a Solicitor in September 2001 and joined Birketts in 2005. He is a Partner in our Employment Team.

Matthew has experience in advising clients on all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Matthew is experienced in a broad range of Employment Tribunal matters. He deals with all types of employment claims in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, including claims for discrimination and unfair dismissal. He has also advised clients using judicial mediation in the Employment Tribunal.

Matthew advises on large scale employment issues, such as TUPE transfers, dealing with mass redundancy situations, and on significant changes to employees’ terms and conditions. In addition, Matthew provides day to day employment advice to clients’ on issues such as ‘hiring and firing’ senior level executives, long term disability related absence, and employee performance management.

In particular, Matthew has a significant NHS client base which has involved him in advising NHS clients on large scale employment redundancy situations, TUPE transfers, and a number of complex Employment Tribunal claims.

Matthew is a keen public speaker and regularly delivers seminars on employment related topics.

Matthew is based at our Norwich office.

Matthew is recommended and named as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500 [UK 2021] for his public sector and employment work. Clients in this edition say “Matthew Newnham is a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable, supportive and pragmatic. He is always our go to person and I have used him regularly on a wide range of employment law matters. Always provides great advice and delivers creative solutions”. Another adds “Mat Newnham is the person with whom I have worked more regularly and he is very personable as well as professional. He gives me the legal side of a situation followed by alternatives when I have been willing to take a level of risk”.

A public sector client in this edition says “The organisation has been supported by Matt Newnham for some time now. He is able to understand the context of a political environment, and anticipate potential outcomes/consequences, and how they may be portrayed in the press. He provides clear, pragmatic and commercial legal opinion. Highly recommended”. The previous edition notes “Matt Newnham is always prepared to go the extra mile and always with a smile on his face. When the chips are down, he’s great to have on your side”.

Matthew is also ranked by Chambers [UK 2022]. A client in this edition notes: “He’s very approachable; he always makes me feel like we’re the only client.”

The previous edition notes: “I find him incredibly intelligent and easy to work with,” adding: “He’s extremely responsive, and he takes time to understand our business, understand our values and understand our culture.” 

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He’s very approachable; he always makes me feel like we’re the only client.

Chambers [UK 2022]