Matthew Hodson

Senior Associate

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Matthew is an experienced solicitor specialising in employment. He advises organisations and individuals on all aspects of employment law and human resources issues.

He represents all sizes and types of business, from companies taking their very first steps through to long-established multinational corporates. His employee clients come from a diverse range of sectors, including education, financial services, legal and health care.

He deals with issues such as:

  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal claims
  • Unlawful discrimination
  • Grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • Staff performance and welfare
  • Redundancies
  • TUPE
  • Staff handbooks
  • Contracts of employment
  • Employment status
  • Restrictive covenants and their enforcement
  • Protection of confidential information
  • Settlement agreements
  • The employment aspects of corporate reorganisations or sales

Matthew can assist from the very start of the employment relationship, including offering advice on hiring, reviewing and negotiating contracts and drafting company policies. He also helps employers prepare risk assessments, consider their data protection obligations and devise procedures for assessing disciplinary matters, grievances and staff welfare issues.

He has extensive expertise in bringing employment relationships to an end and knows everything about the issues that can arise when such a relationship has finished. His in-depth experience of redundancy, dismissal and discrimination cases and all aspects of confidentiality provisions and post-termination restrictions (restrictive covenants), mean he is in constant demand. He regularly drafts settlement agreements for employers and can advise employees if they have been offered one by their employer.

Matthew has been working in employment law since 2011. He joined Waterfront in 2016. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship.

Recent Work

  • Successfully representing a senior employee in High Court litigation relating to allegations of fraud, breach of confidentiality obligations and restrictive covenants.
  • Defending complex claims of disability discrimination, including an alleged failure to make reasonable adjustments.
  • Advising an employer on each stage of a large-scale business reorganisation.
  • Representing an employer in High Court litigation over claims that a “team move” had led to numerous employees acting in breach of their restrictive covenants.
  • Successfully representing an employee in claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Matthew Hodson is a great solicitor. I highly recommend! Employee
  • Matt, you were the ultimate man to have in our corner. We couldn’t have asked for more in terms of your attention to detail and approach. It really made a difference. Shareholder
  • After having difficulties with my employer, I contacted Matt after being recommended his services. He was really involved in my case, incredibly knowledgeable and negotiated a good outcome for me. Senior architect
  •  We instruct Matt to assist with any day-to-day HR problems that arise. He’s a pleasure to work with and always provides clear and practical advice for us to follow. Director, financial services sector
  • Thanks for all your help, Matt. You provided invaluable advice with a no-nonsense approach which was greatly appreciated. Shareholder
  •  Matthew helped me with a complex legal claim. He was great throughout and quickly grasped that my case was about seeking justice, not money. He explained the law, my options and his recommended steps. He was assertive and helped me get an outcome that recognised how I was treated was wrong. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Matthew again and even to introduce him to others. Vicar
  • Matt was instructed to assist with a workplace dispute. He was fantastic and gave advice, which was straightforward, commercial and pragmatic. Thanks again Matt. HR professional
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship
  • After having difficulties with my employer, I contacted Matt after being recommended his services. He was really involved in my case, incredibly knowledgeable and negotiated a good outcome for me
    Senior architect
  • We instruct Matt to assist with any day-to-day HR problems that arise. He’s a pleasure to work with and always provides clear and practical advice for us to follow
    Director, financial services sector
  • We have turned to Waterfront for advice on HR issues for several years now. We find their lawyers to be very knowledgeable, responsive and able to find practical solutions to the HR challenges we face as a large organisation.
    H&M