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 2024] for his public sector and employment work. Clients in this edition say: “Matthew Newnham provides exceptional service, he is always commercially aware whilst explaining the risks”.

Clients in an earlier 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.”

Matthew is also ranked by Chambers [UK 2024]. Sources note “Matthew is a fantastic and pragmatic lead in the employment team. He can always be relied on to provide honest and robust responses.” Another adds “I am confident that having Matthew’s support will enable any employment law situation to be resolved quickly and effectively, achieving the best possible outcomes for our business, but always with kindness.”

In the previous edition, a client described him as an “outstanding lawyer with strong pragmatism and commercial thinking”. Another added “His advice is always balanced and highlights any risks.”

Awards and Memberships

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2024 logo
Matthew Newnham Chambers logo 2024

Matthew Newnham provides exceptional service, he is always commercially aware whilst explaining the risks.

Legal 500 [UK 2024]

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