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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Matthew Kelly

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Matthew is an employment Partner in our Education employment team.

He advises a wide range of Further Education Colleges, Higher Education institutions and Academies on employment and governance issues.

Matthew has considerable experience in providing advice on a full range of employment law issues, including: advising on strategic issues affecting institutions (collective redundancies, reorganisations, mergers and joint ventures); handling complex multi-day Employment Tribunal claims for a number of educational institutions; dealing with complex issues in relation to the Statutes and Ordinances of Universities and the Instrument and Articles of Government of Further Education Colleges; as well as general day to day advisory work.

Matthew is a regular trainer as part of the Eversheds training programme and participates in the delivery of bespoke training to a large number of clients.

Matthew is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.




French (basic)

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Employment

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP attracts praise for its global footprint, which gives it the capacity to handle national and international work, a unique quality among firms in the region. Simon Tytherleigh in Cambridge leads the team and specialises in restructuring, executive severances and employment tribunal litigation. As an employment tribunal advocate he has appeared in numerous complex cases including multiple claimant discrimination, holiday pay and whistleblowing claims. Other standout figures include experienced partners Elizabeth Graves, who focuses on cross-border employment matters; Matthew Kelly, who specialises in advising clients in the further and higher education sectors; Geoffrey Mead, who acts for college and university clients; and German-qualified Constanze Moorhouse, who leads the firm’s international employment counsel team and regularly manages multi-jurisdictional HR projects. Moorhouse advised Zipcar International on the outsourcing of its member services team to a third party provider, which involved employment law advice on the commercial agreement and the handling of TUPE matters relating to the proposed move of services out of the UK. She also acted alongside senior associate Sasha Willmott for Intercontinental Exchange on employment aspects of the potential acquisition of a multinational business from McGraw-Hill Financial. Graves’s highlights included acting for cloud services provider Carbonite Inc. in employment matters arising from its $14m acquisition of the European assets of EVault. Kelly advised Barnet and Southgate College on its proposed merger with two other colleges. The employment law team’s other clients include Intercontinental Exchange, ARM Holdings and Nuffield Health.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘commercial, approachable and good value; the firm has good industry knowledge and good depth in its team’. A market leader nationally, the firm is known for advising universities on domestic and international matters; sixth form colleges on academisation; and schools on governance and employment matters. The ‘highly committed and client-orientedGlynne Stanfield leads the international education and corporate governance practice and combines ‘sector knowledge with the appropriate pragmatism’. Stanfield and senior associate Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh (who is ‘impressive and highly experienced around contracts with higher education providers’) advised Apollo Education Group on the sale of shares to a private equity consortium. Employment partners Matthew Kelly and Geoffrey Mead advised 28 further education and sixth form colleges in the East Anglia region, as well as industry bodies such as the Association of Colleges, on the implications of the national Strategic Area Review exercise reviewing the delivery of post-16 education. Cambridge Regional College and Global University Systems are also clients.

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