“A superb junior, who is increasingly involved in high-value High Court matters.” Legal 500 (2017)
“Has a reputation for intellectual rigour, and an acknowledged ability to understand the most convoluted aspects of employment law." Chambers & Partners (2016)
“A go-to junior for High Court employment and team-move disputes." "He is great to work with; he picks up esoteric points very quickly and is a forceful advocate." Chambers & Partners (2016)
“Turning into a real star when it comes to High Court matters.” Legal 500 (2016)
"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)
"Blossoming into a real force in relation to High Court work." Legal 500 (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)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. As a result, he is regularly instructed to make and resist injunction applications. Principal areas of Matthew’s Tribunal practice include complex discrimination/victimisation claims, whistleblowing, and employee/worker status.
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 across a variety of sectors including insurance, technology, recruitment and pharmaceuticals. Some recent cases include:
Matthew has extensive experience of defending 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:
The following are some examples of Matthew’s most recent cases:
Links to press coverage:
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). (2014)
X v Investment Bank: Matthew acted for a well-known investment bank in defending claims of race discrimination. The claims were settled on very 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). (2013)
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: