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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Boddy Matthews Limited

Boddy Matthews Limited, which 'provides valuable advice in a clear and concise fashion', has an established reputation for its franchising expertise. Kate Matthews heads a team that advises a broad range of businesses on risk management, franchising transactions and litigation in respect of a range of franchising breaches. It also advises on establishing franchise businesses and exits.

Practice head(s):Kate Matthews


'A good solid team which understands our business and legal challenges and is always approachable.'

'It is a well-managed team. It is driven from the top and throughout the ranks the business direction and goals are well known.'

'They understand our needs and that we often need urgent advice and support - consequently, they are always available to us and will always act with the sense of urgency we require.'

'The partners are hugely experienced in their fields, willing and open to all directions of discussion.'

Key Clients

Pepe’s Franchising

Blend Clinic Limited

LK Woking Ltd

PawPals Pet Sitting

Country Wide Signs


Babyballet Franchising Ltd

Brush Party Limited

Trend Trading and Services Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the franchisors and Claimant companies in court pcoceedings for breach of contract, wrongful and unlawful interference and/or conspiracy in relation to post term restrictions and non-compete clauses.
  • Providing advice and assistance to the franchisor on franchising its premier aesthetic and sports therapy business.
  • Acting for the franchisor-owner company in relation to forcing its franchisees to comply with their obligations and to avoid breaches of contract.
  • Acting for the owner of the brand regarding a variety of breaches including failure to adhere to the secret recipes, or use the designated supplier of food.
  • Provision of day-to-day advice in respect of franchising strategies and risk management including enforcing breaches of contract and post termination issues.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Boddy Matthews Limited

At Boddy Matthews Limited, Kate Matthews' impressive expertise spans franchising and other contractual disputes including various levels of misrepresentation, restrictive covenant disputes and brand protection matters. It operates in sectors such as aviation, transport, IT and retail and counts both international and UK companies among its clients.

Practice head(s):Kate Matthews

Key Clients

Caremark Limited

Pepes Piri Piri Limited

Babyballet Franchising Limited

N-Tire Systems Limited

Sally Morgan Entertainments Limited

Young Futures CIC

Timothy Unmack Trustee

Reginald Potter and Josephine Youngs

Jacqueline Jamieson

LK Woking Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant, a major household name, as franchisor in the domiciliary care sector with over 100 outlets in England and internationally in proceedings in the High Court.
  • Acting for both claimant companies, owners of over 60 outlets, in High Court proceedings.
  • Acting for this international Franchisor and provider of over 22,000 dance classes each week to young children with an established network of c.74 franchise businesses across the UK and an additional 34 licensees in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Acting in proceedings in the Central London County Court in relation to its services as an IT client expert in third party Court proceedings in which Anglo Technical Recruitment was claimant for breach of contract and non-payment of services.
  • Acting for Sally Morgan and her company in relation to a dispute concerning telecommunications readings and support with AllStar Psychics Limited, a marketing and telecommunications agency.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Boddy Matthews Limited

Boddy Matthews Limited is 'a niche practice with a skilled team' that can provide the full range of employment and HR services for corporate clients and senior executives. It helps clients with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters including dismissals and also assists with settlement agreements and TUPE cases. Helen Boddy, who heads the practice, 'stands out for her excellent work'. Harriet Hutchinson takes on a range of both contentious and advisory work and the team is further enhanced by the experienced consultant Michal Stein.

Practice head(s):Helen Boddy

Other key lawyers:Kate Matthews; Harriet Hutchinson; Michal Stein


'Boddy Matthews is a small firm which stands out for the excellence of its people; Helen Boddy and Harriet Hutchinson. Particularly notable were their abilities to quickly grasp all elements of a complex matter and to take a pragmatic view of what next steps to take.'

'I received good, practical advice.  The team takes time to understand a client's organisation and to tailor advice accordingly.'

'Helen Boddy is great at communicating clearly, cutting through a maze of facts and putting across the salient points. She is a great negotiator and clearly has a lot of experience in this area - all of which resulted in a settlement far in excess of what I originally thought. Moreover she gave me a great deal of moral support through what was a very stressful experience.'

'Both Helen Boddy and Kate Matthews go out of their way to fit around their clients' time requirements.  They are extremely flexible and their advice is of a high quality, and pragmatic. They are both extremely easy to work with.'

'Helen Boddy is an excellent employment lawyer; she looks at cases from a pragmatic as well as professional angle, resulting in helpful and comprehensive advice to the client. I have referred individuals to her for employment advice.'

Key Clients

Age UK Croydon

Rolls Royce Power Systems AG

PJ Valves (PJ Pipe & Valve Co Ltd)

Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd

Storm Building Ltd

Macher Distribution Ltd

The AES Corporation

Prater Ltd

Lindner Interiors Ltd  

Senior Executives mainly ex-City with 6 figure salaries.

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees and senior leadership team of Age UK Croydon on caring for older people in the London Borough of Croydon; on day to day employment issues including performance management, disciplinary and grievance procedures, restructuring and benchmarking.

  • Advising Rolls Royce Power Systems AG on TUPE matters.
  • Providing PJ Pipe & Valve Co Ltd with a range of employment and HR support including restructuring and change management, reviewing and revising employment framework documents and non-executive director service agreements.
  • Advising Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd on cross- border employment issues in France; Germany and the UAE in respect of consultancy arrangements for development and customer co-ordination activities.
  • Advising Storm Building Ltd on a range of matters including advice and support with allegations of disability discrimination in respect of dyslexia brought by an ex-employee and advice  on grievance and appeal processes and  analysis of the question of disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.
Leading individuals

Helen Boddy - Boddy Matthews Limited

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