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Kate Matthews

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Boddy Matthews Limited

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Risk Management, Franchising and Dispute Resolution


Partner in Risk Management, Franchising and Dispute Resolution. Conducts major commercial disputes frequently with EU or international implications in particular in the aviation, construction and franchising sectors. Specialises in contractual commercial claims, business disagreements, warranty claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, injunctive/ interlocutory relief, professional negligence, debts and enforcement, insolvency. Has wide experience of all levels of courts and ADR techniques particularly Mediation and Arbitration.


Herbert Smith (Freehills) 1989-95, Kirkwoods 1995-98, Shadbolt LLP 1998-2010 (Partner from 2001), Stevens & Bolton LLP (Partner) 2010-2013, Boddy Matthews Limited (Co Founding Partner) 2013 to date.


Law Society of England and Wales, Associate Member of the American Bar Association, AWLL Past President of East Surrey Chamber of Commerce and other associated Chambers of commerce, Past Committee Member of British Expertise, Affiliate of British Franchise Association and EWIF South Chair.


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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Boddy Matthews Limited has a particular strength in franchising matters. It represented Caremark in a breach of contract and wrongful conduct claims brought by the client in proceedings against a company in the care sector, and acted for CAI Marine in arbitration proceedings against Swansea Drydocks for refurbishment and conversion works on the client’s vessel at the defendant’s docks. Other clients include Stocksigns and UK Marine Services. Kate Matthews heads the department and is ably supported by employment expert Helen Boddy.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Within: Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Boddy Matthews Limited fields a ‘professional and thorough’ practice in Reigate that provides ‘excellent client service’. The firm handles the full range of employment matters including business transfers, strategic exits and restructurings. The team advised PJ Valves on multiple employment matters in 2016, including reviewing current employment structures and agreements and assisting with termination agreements. It also successfully represented Prater in an unfair dismissal and age discrimination claim brought by a former employee. Shillington College and Caremark are also clients. Key figures include Helen Boddy, who ‘is precise and practical in her advice’, and Kate Matthews, who is recommended for employment franchising matters.

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