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Matthew Newnham

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Birketts LLP

Work Department

Employment, Health




Matthew joined Birketts in 2005. He is a Partner in our Employment Team.

Matthew has experience in advising clients on all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Matthew is experienced in a broad range of Employment Tribunal matters. He deals with all types of employment claims in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, including claims for discrimination and unfair dismissal. He has also advised clients using judicial mediation in the Employment Tribunal.

Matthew advises on large scale employment issues, such as TUPE transfers, dealing with mass redundancy situations, and on significant changes to employees’ terms and conditions. In addition, Matthew provides day to day employment advice to clients’ on issues such as ‘hiring and firing’ senior level executives, long term disability related absence, and employee performance management.

In particular, Matthew has a significant NHS client base which has involved him in advising NHS clients on large scale employment redundancy situations, TUPE transfers, and a number of complex Employment Tribunal claims.

Matthew is a keen public speaker and regularly delivers seminars on employment related topics.

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Newnham - Birketts LLP

Within: Employment

Birketts LLP¬†fields a 'pragmatic and efficient' employment practice whose ‚Äėservice standards are exceptional‚Äė. The ‚Äėvery down-to-earth,¬†unflappable'¬†Jeanette Wheeler¬†‚Äėinstils confidence‚Äė and leads the firm-wide practice from Norwich. Clients recommend her for her ‚Äėbreadth of knowledge and her common sense approach'. She recently assisted a client in the healthcare sector with an investigation into a senior staff member's conduct. Also in Norwich, the ‚Äėvery knowledgeable,¬†friendly and approachable‚Äė Matthew Newnham¬†is praised for his¬†‚Äėwonderful calm demeanour and his practical advice'.¬†Investigations and Employee Relations Consultant Lorna Townsend¬†leads the firm‚Äôs HR consultancy and investigations service, which focuses on employee relations.¬†'Thorough and pragmatic' associate Sam Greenhalgh¬†and legal director Tom Sharpe¬†are also recommended. In Cambridge, Abigail Trencher¬†is the key contact. For a UK employer, she handled TUPE matters arising from a foreign acquisition. Senior associate Katie Harris-Wright¬†is ‚Äėvery personable and easy to talk to; she takes the time to understand clients‚Äô business'. Fellow senior associate Lottie Seaborn¬†is ‚Äėgreat to speak to and has a unique personal touch to her work'. Consultant¬†Tim Tyndall¬†is also recommended. Catherine Johnson¬†¬†takes the lead in Ipswich, where senior associate¬†Lisa Hayward¬†specialises in share schemes.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Health

Birketts LLP is a member of the NHS Shared Business Services framework and the NHS Commercial Alliance legal framework. It has a strong track record in the health and social care sector, particularly for employment and property work. The key contacts are legal director Erika Clarke, who leads the public sector practice, and head of health Richard Eaton. Clarke handles major capital projects, outsourcings, business-critical contracts and public procurement issues. She recently acted for an NHS foundation trust in numerous matters including the interpretation of contract terms and public law duties associated with the funding of care packages. Eaton's area of expertise is public law and judicial reviews. He recently succeeded in quashing a CQC draft report for a care home provider. Commercial property partner Chris Barker has extensive experience in trust portfolio management, and Matthew Newnham handles employment law matters including tribunals for health sector clients. Also recommended are corporate finance partner Greg Allan, employment partner Jeanette Wheeler and head of charities Sara Sayer.

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