Matthew Leake

Matthew Leake

Partner London, United Kingdom

Qualification

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2002

Matthew is a London-based partner within our commercial division, who specialises in all aspects of employment related litigation and is a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong.

Matthew’s specialist employment expertise spans from unfair dismissal and wages claims to more complex discrimination and business transfer disputes. He is also experienced in drafting employment related policies, procedures and contracts, as well as employment aspects of commercial transaction documents.

In addition, Matthew provides day-to-day assistance to employers across the spectrum of employment law, including discipline, grievance, reorganisation, redundancy, business transfer, industrial relations, absence management and discrimination issues and advises upon industrial action disputes and other trade union related issues.

A trusted market advisor, Matthew provides training on employment law principles and practical application and frequently contributes to trade publications such as XpertHR online service and Workplace Law Network online service. He is also a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers and Employment Lawyers Association.

"The ‘truly exceptional’ Matthew Leake…" The Legal 500 2017

Matthew has a very approachable style and is very pragmatic in his advice and recommendations

Chambers UK 2018

Market recognition

  • 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

  • Acted for a global insurer in respect of a multi-million pound employment practices liability claim concerning whistleblowing in the financial services industry,
  • Acted in a high profile multi-million pound discrimination claim in the professional sports sector.
Market recognition
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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