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MATTHEW SHERIDAN

 

"Blossoming into a real force in relation to High Court work. Legal 500 (2015)  

"Has impressed with his work on restrictive covenants…”   "He has gravitas, but he also adopts a friendly and approachable demeanour.”  "A talented and robust advocate who can pick through the detail to get to good points.” Chambers & Partners (2015) 

"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 treats every instruction as an opportunity to impress and to build and strengthen relationships. He believes in rigorous legal analysis, meticulous preparation and well-judged advocacy, whilst also being responsive and user-friendly.  
Called to the Bar in 2000, the focus of Matthew’s High Court practice is business competition: confidential information, restrictive covenants and springboard relief, particularly in a team move context. He regularly makes and resists injunction applications. Principal areas of Matthew’s Tribunal practice include complex discrimination claims, whistleblowing, TUPE and employee/worker status.

Matthew has experience across a variety of sectors: banking/finance, publishing, the legal sector, the pharmaceutical industry, recruitment, security, religious institutions, telecommunications, the health sector and professional regulatory bodies. 

 

    High Court / Business Competition

Matthew has considerable experience of acting in breach of employment contract and business competition cases (particularly in relation to applications for injunctive relief). He has expertise in relation to abuse of confidential information/database rights, enforcing restrictive covenants, springboard relief, diversion of business opportunities and all of the other issues which arise in the context of team moves. He also regularly acts in relation to bonus claims and other contractual claims arising from employment contracts. 

Matthew has acted for clients ranging from multi-national pharmaceutical corporations to recruitment consultants. Some recent cases include:  

  • acted successfully on behalf of a well-known City-based foreign exchange brokerage house to prevent competition by a ‘desk’ (team) of employees which sought to move to a competitor.
  • acted for a team of defendant employees who worked in the marine insurance broking industry in resisting an injunction application by which their former employer sought to prevent them from working for a competitor.
  • acted for defendants who, in the context of a failed management buy-out, were alleged to have conspired to divert their employer’s customers to a new company and to have poached staff (led by Selwyn Bloch QC).
  • acted for a major telecommunications company in defending a breach of contract claim by a senior executive when the role which he was offered (and accepted) was subsequently withdrawn prior to his starting employment (the claimant having already resigned from his previous employment).
  • applied successfully for injunctive relief in support of an action for breach of confidence (unlawful accessing of emails) involving issues of private international law (jurisdiction and choice of law). 

    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
  • Employment status
  • Transfer of undertakings
  • Breach of contract and unlawful deductions
  • Unfair dismissal


    Recent Cases

The following are some examples of Matthew’s most recent cases:  

  • X v International Law Firm: acted for a major international law firm in defending claims of religious discrimination brought by the claimant when her applications for partnership failed. The claimant had been seconded to and then employed by a separate Dubai-based entity. The case therefore involved difficult questions about the territorial reach of the Equality Act 2010 (led by Thomas Linden QC).
  • X & Y v Global Business Publisher: acted successfully for the respondent (part of a FTSE 100 and FTSE Global 500 group of companies) in defending whistleblowing claims brought by two sales managers. The claimants alleged that the company was involved in systematic breaches of international trade sanctions (under UK and US law) by providing embargoed countries like Syria with the tools to move money around the world (thereby allegedly facilitating terrorism). The case attracted media interest. The claims failed.
  • X v Investment Bank: 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).
  • Pemberton v The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham: Matthew is acting for a Bishop in the Church of England in defending a claim of sexual orientation discrimination brought by a priest who entered into a same sex marriage. In addition to further defining the extent to which employment law applies to priests in the Church of England, the case will determine the lawfulness of the Church of England’s prohibition on same sex marriage amongst clergy. Consideration will be given to the ambit of the exemptions for religious organisations contained in the Equality Act 2010.  

Links to press coverage:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/04/church-legal-challenge-blocking-job-offer-married-gay-priest

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10918500/First-gay-priest-to-marry-banned-from-working-as-a-priest-in-his-diocese.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28638850

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gay-priest-defies-church-of-england-ban-on-samesex-marriage-as-senior-vicar-warns-of-crisis-9257560.html

 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jeremy-pemberton-gay-priest-first-3410856 

  • Reverend Mark Sharpe v (1) The Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance; (2) The Bishop of Worcester (CA/A2/2014/0112): a test case concerning the employment status of incumbent clergy of the Church of England. Matthew is being led by Thomas Linden QC. Reverend Sharpe is represented by John Bowers QC (Co-Head of Littleton Chambers). The case is listed to be heard by the Court of Appeal in February 2015.

    Reported Cases

  • Reverend Mark Sharpe v (1) The Worcester Diocesan Board of Finance; (2) The Bishop of Worcester [2014] ICR D9 (EAT) Employment status of clergy in the Church of England.
  • King v Royal Bank of Canada [2012] IRLR 280 (EAT) - Correct approach to compensation (Polkey) in unfair dismissal cases. 
  • Law Society of England & Wales v Secretary of State for Justice and another [2010] IRLR 407 (High Court, QBD) - 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 employment tribunals. 
  • 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 - Application of the Civil Procedure Rules in the Employment Tribunals. 

    Education, Membership & Lectures

Education  

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

  • Member of the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)  
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR).  

Lectures  

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 
  • Employment status: Worker, Employee or Neither?

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