Matthew Leake

Matthew Leake

Partner London, United Kingdom

Matthew is a partner in our specialist employment law and labour relations team, focused on helping employers with their workforce issues. 

In litigation, Matthew’s expertise includes defending employers against routine unfair dismissal and wages claims to complex discrimination, business transfer and other disputes, as well as the enforcement of restrictive covenants and other employee contractual obligations. 

In addition, Matthew provides day-to-day assistance to employers as regards typical HR issues including discipline, performance, grievance, absence management and disability adjustments, as well as strategic and technical assistance with matters such as reorganisations, redundancies and business transfers.  Matthew is also adept at drafting employment-related policies, procedures and contracts, as well as the employment aspects of commercial transaction documents.

Matthew has particular expertise in helping unionised employers, including advising on and litigating in respect of industrial action disputes and other trade union related law.

A trusted market advisor, Matthew also provides training on employment law principles and their practical application to help employers reduce risk of employment law liabilities.

Matthew acts across a broad base of clients in terms of sector and geography, including national and international clients in the fields of insurance, transport, professional services, media & entertainment, sports, life sciences and finance, and others. 

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2002

The service offered by Matthew Leake is second to none. He has an excellent knowledge of the market backed up by pragmatic, practical advice.

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Employment: employers (London)'
    "The service offered by Matthew Leake is second to none. He has an excellent knowledge of the market backed up by pragmatic, practical advice."
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Rail (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Notable practitioner for 'Employment: Employer (London)' 
    "Never gets flustered, exudes a calm reassurance and his judgement is excellent."
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Employment: employers (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Rail (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • "Matthew has a very approachable style and is very pragmatic in his advice and recommendations."
    Chambers UK 2018
  • Recommended Lawyer for Rail
  • "The ‘truly exceptional’ Matthew Leake…"
    The Legal 500 2017

Work highlights

  • Acting for a large transport operator to secure an injunction to prevent industrial action organised by a high profile trade union.
  • Acted for a global insurer in respect of a multi-million pound employment practices liability claim concerning whistleblowing in the financial services industry.
  • Acted for a high profile entertainment organisation in the defence of a multiple discrimination claim.
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016