Matthew Newnham > Birketts LLP > Norwich, England > Lawyer Profile

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.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

(Leading individuals)

Matthew NewnhamBirketts LLP

Birketts LLP ‘provides excellent customer service and is confident in giving advice on complex legal issues, and one of its major strengths is the ability to view an issue from a local standpoint‘. The firm coordinates a strong multidisciplinary team including property, charities, corporate, employment and public law expertise to support public sector clients, among them The Broads Authority, Anglia Ruskin University and South Norfolk Council. Head of public sector and local government Ruth Neave works across all four of the firm’s offices, working closely with head of education Abigail Trencher in Cambridge and head of health Matthew Newnham in Norwich. Head of the academies practice Liz Brownsell  in Ipswich is also a key adviser to charities and education clients.

East Anglia > Employment > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Matthew NewnhamBirketts LLP

Birketts LLP ‘brings all the expertise and level of service I would expect from a London firm, but with local rates and a friendliness and approachability that makes them great to work with, whatever the requirement‘, says one client. The firm has five partners in a 26-lawyer team that covers every aspect of employment law from general HR matters to complex litigation. Jeanette Wheeler in Norwich leads the cross-office employment practice, assisted by Matthew Newnham and, in Cambridge, Abigail Trencher. Catherine Johnson and Sonya O’Reilly are the lead partners in Ipswich. Legal director Olivia Toulson in Cambridge joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and senior associate Lucy Churchill in Norwich joined from Hansells, while Laura Brown is now a director at Howes Percival LLP.