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Matthew Smith

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Blake Morgan LLP

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Matthew has wide experience of both contentious and non-contentious employment work, in particular Employment Tribunal cases. Matthew has advised a range of clients from diverse backgrounds including (in the private sector) manufacturing, banking, other financial services, energy and retailing and (in the public sector) regional government, NHS trusts, higher education institutions, local authorities and a police force. Matthew has also devised or contributed to a number of training seminars (including mock Employment Tribunals) across a broad spectrum of employment law issues, in particular in relation to discrimination issues.

London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

The substantial, multi-disciplinary team at¬†Blake Morgan LLP¬†is highlighted for providing 'excellent service'.¬†Matthew Smith, who¬†is especially adept in all aspects of non-contentious and contentious employment matters and has chaired a number of disciplinary and appeal hearings for universities, heads the practice.¬†It acts for a range of higher education clients as well as having links with education bodies such as the Association of University Legal Practitioners and the Sixth Form Colleges' Association. The team is acting for Swansea University and the trustees of the university pension scheme in relation to a case that is examining the meaning of ‚Äėunfavourable treatment‚Äô under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 ‚Äď an action¬† brought by a former employee. Emyr Lewis¬†advises on a wide range of commercial matters and Richard Wade¬†is advising Keble College, Oxford on a construction project that will extend the college‚Äôs campus. Other key partners include¬†Susie Dryden;¬†Rachel Gwilliam,¬†who advises on areas such as construction and engineering; and Penri Desscan,¬†who specialises in procurement and other commercial matters.

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Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Blake Morgan LLP's multi-disciplinary team, which is made up of litigators and corporate, real estate and employment specialists among others, provides 'an excellent service'. Matthew Smith, who is the head of the education sector practice, assisted Hereford Sixth Form College with its conversion to academy status, which included preparing a funding agreement with the Department for Education, and advising on due diligence issues, revised governance arrangements and asset transfers. Tim Forer led a substantial team that handled a large-scale title review and academy conversion project for a schools trust. In other work, the team advised the National College for Teaching and Leadership with disciplinary actions taken against a number of teachers in connection with the so-called Trojan horse letter, which alleged a strategy by some individuals to take over and run schools on strict religious principles. Penny Rinta-Suksi and Ruth Leadbitter are other names to note.

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Public sector

Within: Public sector

Praised for its 'supreme level of knowledge', Blake Morgan LLP 's cross-disciplinary 21-partner team has deeply entrenched public sector relationships and as well as handling practice specific work affecting those entities (including as they relate to corporate, real estate and commercial work), the team is also recognised as a 'market leader' for pure public law matters including Welsh constitutional law issues, where the 'vastly experienced'Emyr Lewis  is a leading light. Team head Eve Piffaretti 'has extensive knowledge and understanding' of health care law and the regulatory issues impacting on the healthcare sector, advising UK-based entities across a range of matters including on judicial reviews, fitness to practice, freedom of information, and human rights and equality issues. Employment law experts Paula Kathrens and Matthew Smith are also noted for their expertise within the healthcare sector, particularly in relation to handling the disciplining and dismissal of doctors under the NHS Wales disciplinary procedure. The 'very knowledgeable' Simon McCann has vast experience at handling procurement matters where he is admired for his 'can-do attitude'; he recently advised the Welsh government on the procurement of fisheries enforcement vessels and is acting for Transport for Wales in relation to the procurement of South Wales Metro and Wales and Borders rail franchises. LitigatorAllan Wilson is noted for his 'excellent work' on behalf of public sector clients, both in relation to judicial review and procurement challenges. 'Very down-to-earth and effective' senior associate Kevin Manship has a strong reputation handling judicial review work. Former head Christopher Williams joined Geldards LLP in December 2017. Clients include Cardiff University, Newport City Council, Welsh Government and NHS England.

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff

Within: Employment: Cardiff

A ‚Äėreal regional heavyweight‚Äė, Blake Morgan LLP¬†'s employment practice ‚Äėgoes from strength-to-strength‚Äė and is ‚Äėable to present complex information concisely and clearly‚Äô,¬†excelling at handling sophisticated TUPE issues, equal pay and pensions matters for private and public sector clients.¬† Joanne Davies¬†is an ‚Äėexcellent source of information about TUPE and its implications‚Äė.¬†Paula Kathrens¬†'combines the standard employment law knowledge with tactical and relational understanding' which she employs to good effect within the education and the healthcare sector, where alongside the ‚Äėunflappable and experienced‚Äė Matthew Smith¬†she handles a raft of employment work for NHS Wales including employment¬†work related to doctor disciplinary cases. Senior associate Ian Jones¬†‚Äėdemonstrates an excellent knowledge and practical application of all areas of employee relations'. Clients include PHS Group, Swansea University and Dolce & Gabana.¬†Michael Clarke recently departed for a role at the Equality & Human Rights Commission in Cardiff.

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