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"Blossoming into a real force in relation to High Court work."
Legal 500 2014 

"He's extremely bright and quick to identify the key issues." 
"A prominent junior with an impressive roster of blue-chip respondent clients."
"He understands the needs of modern day clients and is able to work alongside instructing solicitors effectively."

Chambers & Partners 2014 

"Matthew Sheridan gives ‘extremely spot on advice’, is ‘extra hard working’ and has ‘excellent people skills’ sources say…” Chambers & Partners 2013

Matthew is well-known for his quick eye for detail, coupled with a commercial and robust approach.

Called to the Bar in 2000, Matthew appears regularly in the High Court, Employment Tribunals, EAT and Court of Appeal.

The focus of his High Court practice is employee competition: Confidential Information, Restrictive Covenants and Springboard relief. In recent months Matthew has acted successfully in a financial services Team Move case in which he was instructed by a major city firm.

Principal areas of his Tribunal practice include complex Discrimination law, Whistleblowing, TUPE and Employee/worker status.

Private sector clients include investment banks, publishers, law firms and religious institutions. Public sector clients include various local authorities, the health sector and professional regulatory bodies


    High Court Business Competition

Matthew is regularly instructed to appear in both the Queen’s Bench Division and the Chancery Division of the High Court in breach of employment contract and business competition cases (particularly in relation to applications for injunctive relief). In particular he has experience in relation to: Confidential Information, Springboard Relief, Restrictive Covenants, Database Rights, Team Moves, Diversion of business opportunities and Bonus claims.

Matthew has acted for clients ranging from multi-national pharmaceutical companies to recruitment consultants.

Cases over the last 6 months include:

  • Team Moves: Matthew acted successfully on behalf of a foreign exchange company to prevent competition by ex-employees who sought to move as a team to a competitor.
  • Confidential Information: Matthew applied successfully for injunctive relief in support of an action for breach of confidence (in a commercial context) which involved issues of private international law (jurisdiction and choice of law).
  • Restrictive Covenants: Matthew acted successfully to enforce post-termination restraints on behalf of a security company where a senior employee had joined a competitor.

    Statutory Employment

Matthew has extensive experience of resisting and bringing statutory employment claims at Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal level. In particular he has expertise in relation to the following types of claims:

  • Discrimination, Victimisation and Harassment
  • Whistleblowing/Public Interest Disclosure
  • Transfer of Undertakings
  • Breach of Contract and Unlawful Deductions
  • Unfair Dismissal

 See under the ‘Recent Cases’ tab for examples of the calibre of Matthew’s recent work.

    Recent Cases

The following are just a few examples of Matthew’s recent cases:

  • Reverend Mark Sharpe v (1) The Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance; (2) The Bishop of Worcester EAT/0243/12/DM This is a test case concerning the employment status of incumbent clergy of the Church of England. Matthew successfully defended the claims before the Tribunal. Reverend Sharpe has appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and is represented by John Bowers QC. Judgment is expected imminently.
  • X v Y Matthew acted for a well known investment bank in defending claims of race discrimination. The claims were settled on extremely favourable terms following several interim hearings at which Matthew appeared and prior to the bank having to incur significant costs on disclosure or witness statements.
  • Coyne v Dudley Infracare Ltd and others (Birmingham ET, 2012) The Claimant was the former Chief Executive of a local infrastructure finance trust company. He claimed that his dismissal was because he had blown the whistle on fraudulent practices by the private sector partners. Matthew successfully defended the claims (including obtaining a finding that the Claimant had lied and fabricated documents).
  • Dr Reyes-Beaman v The Bishop of Leicester (Reading ET, 2012-2013) The Claimant brought claims of discrimination and victimisation arising out of her training to become an ordained priest in the Church of England. Matthew acted for the Bishop of Leicester. In January 2013 the Tribunal gave judgment in the Bishop’s favour.
  • Griffin v Guardian News & Media Ltd (London Central ET, 2012) This was a test case relating to the employment status of casual sub-editors. Matthew acted successfully for Guardian News & Media Ltd.

    Reported Cases

  • King v Royal Bank of Canada [2012] IRLR 280 (EAT) - approach to compensation in unfair dismissal cases
  • Law Society of England & Wales v Secretary of State for Justice and another [2010] IRLR 407 (Queen’s Bench Division) - claim for declaratory relief as to the application of TUPE and the Henke exception for public administrative authorities
  • Lindley v Perry’s Motor Sales Ltd [2008] All ER (D) 32 (EAT) - TUPE: transfer of rights and liabilities
  • Gravell v Bexley London Borough Council [2008] All ER (D) 291 (EAT) - strike out of discrimination claims
  • Davis v Pyrz [2007] All ER (D) 160 (EAT) - employer’s counterclaims: measure of damages
  • Khan v Premier Private Hire Taxi [2007] All ER (D) 134 (EAT) - strike out of claims on paper
  • Baron v Bliss Mediation Services [2006] All ER (D) 473 (EAT) - remedy of procedural unfairness by internal appeal
  • Mayo-Deman v University of Greenwich [2005] IRLR 845 (EAT) - validity of compromise agreements
  • Rabahallah v British Telecom Plc [2005] ICR 440, [2005] IRLR 184 (EAT) - rules on composition of ETs
  • Holland v BHS [2005] All ER (D) 5 (EAT) - unfair dismissal: range of reasonable responses
  • Greaves v Banner Business Supplies Ltd [2005] All ER (D) 26 (EAT) - indirect sex discrimination: test for justification
  • Maresca v Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre [2004] All ER 254, [2005] ICR 197 (EAT) - application of the CPR to employment tribunal procedure

    Education, Membership & Lectures


  • Called 2000 (Gray’s Inn) ?Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, Law (MA)


  • Matthew is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) and the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR).


  • Matthew gives lectures and leads seminars on a broad range of topics both in-house for solicitors as well as on public courses including for the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).
  • Recent Lecture topics include:

- Concurrent claims in the High Court and the Employment Tribunal

- International Employment Law Issues

- Insolvency and Employment Law

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