Boddy Matthews Limited > Reigate, England > Firm Profile

Boddy Matthews Limited

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

The employment team at commercial boutique Boddy Matthews Limited in Reigate fields ‘specialists in the field’. The ‘unique’ practice regularly advises corporates, SMEs and owner-managed businesses on all aspects of employment law and also assists senior individuals with exit packages and settlement agreements. Heading up the team is Helen Boddy, who assists corporate clients and senior executives with contracts, exits, reorganisations and employment relations, and stands out for her ‘exemplary’ work and demonstrates ‘dedication, candour and honesty’.

Practice head(s):

Helen Boddy


‘Helen Boddy was recommended to me. I found her to be very professional, friendly, prompt and efficient. We discussed the issue that I faced and what I needed her to do. She did everything I needed very promptly and provided me with the solution I required.’

‘The main thing for me was the dedication, candour and honesty of Helen Boddy. She was exemplary in her behaviour and offered sensitivity and professionalism. She provided a precise and objective opinion on how things stand.’

‘The practice was unique in my opinion by demonstrating patience and ease of availability despite difficult timeframes and deadlines. My main dealings were with Helen Boddy. Helen was recommended to me for her professionalism and integrity. At all times she was diligent, considered and gave valuable insight into what was a stressful situation. Helen was always patient and diligent and was able to work under extreme pressures on deadlines.’

‘Boddy Matthews are specialists in their field. I have used them for personal legal advice on employment matters for several years. The assignment I approached them for recently was the most challenging yet. They were as assiduous and focused as I have always experienced them to be and quickly got to grips with this evolving field, providing practical advice on the possible routes forward and the potential pitfalls.’

‘Helen Boddy was excellent and got to grips entirely with my case. She was incredibly responsive and helped facilitate an advantageous position for me.’

‘The firm is small but more effective and personal than a large firm of solicitors. The firm offers London calibre without London rates. The team has individual and consistent points of contact, exceptional responses and extensive employment industry knowledge. You have peace of mind that you are in good hands. Helen Boddy should be the first port of call for all escalated employment issues.’

‘I have mainly worked with Helen Boddy. She is a consummate professional, always available and unafraid to give her advice clearly, concisely and determinedly or to probed on sensitive or unclear issues. It feels like a relationship of equals in which she knows her field completely but where she is willing to listen as well as advise and does not come to an issue with preconceptions.’

‘Knowledge, reason and clarity are the attributes of this team which stand out. The advice means I understand the framework within which I am making decisions.’

Key clients

Accounting for Contractors Ltd

Bollore Logistics UK Ltd

Denmech Ltd

East Surrey Performing Arts

Fileturn Ltd

FL Greenwood & Son

Focus Cloud Ltd

People Tree Fair Trade Group Ltd

Southern Piling Ltd

Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd

MSP Secretaries Ltd

Storm Building Ltd

Vecta UW Ltd

Wm Lillico & Son Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Bollore Logistics UK Ltd, a major international transport and logistics contractor, on the employment and TUPE aspects of a first and second generation outsourcing to Bollore in managing some of the world’s biggest retailers, delivering global transport and logistics services.
  • Advising Denmech Ltd, a mechanical engineering contractor, on the employment status of labour only subcontractors and related issues including zero hours contracts, holiday pay, CIS Scheme and IR 35 off-payroll working rules.
  • Advised and acted for Fileturn Ltd, a construction and interior fit out contractor, in two Covid-related employment tribunal cases including furlough and zero hours related issues.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 3

The ‘professional’ team at Boddy Matthews Limited in Surrey offers a ‘wealth of knowledge’ and ‘differing areas of expertise and sound advice’. The team is increasingly advising on contractual commercial claims relating to breaches, tort commercial claims for high-net-worth individuals, aviation logistics claims and tax warranty disputes. The ‘exceptionally dedicated’ Kate Matthews is ‘reliable and efficient with excellent problem-solving abilities’ and offers significant experience acting for international and domestic clients.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Louise Elliott


‘I am accustomed to black and white, unambiguous, ultimately no-nonsense responds in all aspects of life. BML was exactly this type of legal firm. They were methodical, pay attention to detail, are focused, clear, provide precise responses. The guidance, advice, the analysis of the true status quo, my options and the likely outcome were top class. The result justified fully my choice. BML is a team that functions like a Swiss clock mechanism.’

‘I dealt with Kate Matthews, the lawyer and expert in legal matters. The team did not drown into a sea of sophisticated technical terminology or technical arguments but instead succeeded in delivering first class documents which stood in court both on technical grounds and also in legal terms.’

‘Boddy Matthews have always been very professional, offering differing areas of expertise and sound advice. Kate Matthews has always been reliable and efficient with excellent problem solving abilities. She takes the time to understand the clients’ needs and requirements and works hard to find the necessary resolution.’

‘The team is run by two very hard working and dedicated legal professionals. They have a wealth of knowledge in commercial and employment law. Both partners are extremely approachable and go above and beyond the call of duty to help. Kate Matthews is exceptionally dedicated to obtaining the very best outcome for her clients. She consistently guided us through a very tricky litigation. Without her expertise we would likely have found ourselves without a business. We cannot overstate the positive impact of her outstanding legal assistance.’

‘We have worked exclusively with Kate Matthews. The case we are working on with her is a frustrating one yet she is always energetic and pragmatic. I think that durability is a key factor in cases like this when we (the clients) are alternating between tearing our hair out and bored with the whole nonsense. She is efficient and supportive and, we believe, a very good lawyer.’

‘Kate Matthews is approachable, pragmatic, and in my opinion Kate and her team are formidable in their approach to my litigation case, which is unusual and complex. Her response time to queries is exceptional.’

‘I believe Kate Matthews to be unique in her approach to litigation, not only is she exceptionally informed in that field but she always takes time to explain options, strategies, produce agendas and map out her plan of action.’

‘Boddy Matthews Solicitors have a unique legal model. They are small in terms of team but this works and they can offer a comprehensive and effective legal service. They are responsive to contact, pragmatic and effective. They offer London expertise locally. Large legal practices will struggle to offer this personalisation. Kate Matthews is outstanding. Kate is intelligent, perceptive and pragmatic. If you have Kate dealing with your litigation requirements, you will definitely be in good hands.’

Key clients

Leeway Services Limited

Electromechanical Ordtech IKE

FL Greenwood & Son

Johnsons Brokerage Limited

Leeway Woodwork

People Tree Fair Trade Group Limited

SHL Services Limited

BP &C Limited (Critchett)

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on breaches of contract by EBay and issues connected with National Westminster Bank Plc relating to online trading during the pandemic in a commercial court with a claim value of more than £3m.
  • Acting for the trustee of the Westbrooke Elliot Pension Fund in relation to a loan made to a property development company.
  • Acting for FL Greenwood & Son in respect of promissory estoppel claims and potential future Inheritance Act claims made by members of the family in respect of the farming business and assets of the farm, which have a value of more than £5m.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Commercial boutique Boddy Matthews Limited has ‘an approachable and modern team’ and has recently assisted clients with corporate integrations following mergers, commercial contracts, and brand protection and license models. ‘Industry champion’ Kate Matthews is highly regarded for her franchising expertise, and ‘stand-out partner’ Helen Boddy has experience in assisting corporate clients with reorganisations, restructurings and business sales.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews; Helen Boddy

Other key lawyers:

Louise Elliott


‘Boddy Matthews has an approachable and modern team in terms of how they engage and interact within the sectors and specialisms and with existing and potential clients. As a non-legal person you feel able to approach them to discuss ideas and issues. No question is too odd or too stupid, this is a modern law firm that is not traditional and stuffy.’

‘I have known and worked with Kate Matthews for 25 years. She has always given clear and practical advice and support. She is also an industry champion.’

‘I recently used Boddy Matthews for the sale of my company which involved introducing me to an expert in this field. Although I dealt with one of the partners, I felt reassured there were other experts within the practice who could help and give me full confidence throughout the process. To me, Helen Boddy is a stand-out partner. Her attention to detail in every aspect of her work is second to none. Her explanation and guidance throughout the process was very reassuring.’

‘Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews is very experienced in franchising. She always goes beyond questions, she prepared everything that we had not thought of, and I feel safe having her as our franchise legal counsellor. Helen Boddy is always available, she replies very quickly to requests and is also able to perform the actual work within very good time frames.’

‘Very friendly and welcoming firm where the partners give you the sense that they really care about you and that you are important to them. The team is approachable, user friendly and competent. When you run a business, you need excellent response times and good communication, you always get this from Boddy Matthews. Their level of collaboration never falters. The people are personable and knowledgeable.’

‘The partners have first class experience and expertise with commercial awareness. They express this without the jargon offered by many professionals which helps the client’s decision-making processes.’

‘The team at Boddy Matthews are unique. I was referred to Boddy Matthews by one of my clients and after my initial chat with the team I knew they were the team and firm for me. They deliver legal services to an exceptionally high standard, the extent of their legal knowledge is outstanding, they are pragmatic, responsive, clear when giving advice or communicating and authoritative.’

‘Kate Matthews and Louise Elliott have been fantastic from the very first contact. Kate Matthews is definitely stand-out for me. Since Louise Elliott took over my case, she has been one of a kind. She has an extremely professional approach and conduct, she is efficient in handling my matters, thorough, accessible, effective, bold in arguments, robust, gives good value for my work overall and achieves results. They are both extremely easy to work with and proactive. I would definitely recommend them and this firm to anyone.’

Key clients

Baby Ballet Franchising Ltd

BCR Restaurants Limited

Bollore Logistics UK Ltd

Gesibsumnes Ltd t/a Gymboree Play & Music

MSP Secretaries Ltd

People Tree Fair Trade Group Ltd

Pepes Piri Piri Ltd and Pepes Franchising Ltd

PJ Valves Holding Ltd

Riverpoint Enterprises Ltd t/a Cannell Signs

Vecta UW Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the international brand owner, Babyballet Ltd to secure additional contracts with other high-profile child activity brands such as Peppa Pig to promote the Babyballet brand, expand through franchising and licenses to increase the network reach.
  • Acting for PJ Pipe & Valves Limited and PJ Valves Holdings Limited, a major manufacturer of valves in the petrochemical industry worldwide, on the sale of its majority stake in its sister company in the US Texas, PJ Piping Inc to minority shareholders.
  • Advising People Tree Fair Trade Group Limited during 2022 including advising the board in respect of UK matters including share issues, employment and company guarantees.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 4

Boutique commercial firm Boddy Matthews Limited is based in Surrey, and advises clients on contentious and non-contentious franchising matters, with notable sector expertise in the baby and child care industry. Co-founding partner Kate Matthews sits at the helm of the practice, and acts as the chair of Encouraging Women into Franchising for the South. Matthews dispenses advice to both franchisors and franchisees.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews


‘Boddy Matthews has two specialist areas which are employment law and franchising. The partners also understand these in-depth so can provide that focused and specialist advice across many sectors.’

‘Kate Matthews always provides great legal advice with a commercial and practical application, so clients absolutely trust her advice and expertise.’

‘A small dynamic team willing to explain things clearly and get the job done on-time in a professional manner.’

Key clients

Little Kids Sports Club Limited and Raymond Lau

Babyballet Franchising


LK Wokin

Riverpoint Enterprises


Brush Party UK Limited

BCR Restaurants


Pepe’s Piri Piri

Work highlights

  • Acting for Babyballet Ltd to secure additional contracts with other child activity brands to promote the Babyballet brand, including on the expansion through franchising and adding licenses and expansion in Australia to increase the network reach during UK lockdowns.
  • Acting for Gesibsumnes in securing its trading position for the franchise network of over 80 franchisees in the UK and internationally in Indonesia Singapore China in particular, and advising on brand and franchising matters.
  • Advising Pepe’s Piri Piri Franchising Limited and the Pepe’s group on franchising litigation.

Boddy Matthews is a firm of high-calibre solicitors with an excellent legal pedigree and proven track record.

The firm: A boutique, commercial firm that provides City quality and ethos at a sensible price. Commercially astute, the firm works in partnership with its clients as trusted advisers and as part of the in-house team. The firm prides itself on being accessible, effective and value for money.

Located close to Gatwick, the firm assists clients in London and the South East, nationally and internationally. The firm’s partners are acknowledged experts in their field and offer personal, pragmatic advice in plain English, tailoring costs flexibly to client needs.

The individuals are well known, highly ranked, highly regarded and respected by their clients, peers and competitors.

Types of work undertaken
Employment and human resources: the firm gives practical advice to employers and senior executives. Experienced in advising on all aspects of employment including change management and restructuring, corporate support, TUPE, disputes, dismissals and day-to-day employment and HR issues.

The team works closely with clients to cut through the complications of employment and HR legal issues. It provides an efficient and effective service to resolve workplace disputes and also helps to prevent disputes arising in the first place.

Helen Boddy is a renowned partner and in addition to corporate clients (from big blue chip, to SMEs and owner-managed businesses), senior executives seek her out for advice and support on hire and fire scenarios.

Helen is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the European Employment Lawyers Association.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: the firm provides an extensive range of conflict management and litigation services with a strong emphasis on resolving disputes by alternative dispute resolution using mediation and arbitration.

The firm advises a wide range of commercial clients and private individuals including multinationals, household brand names and owner-managed businesses. The firm works closely with clients on strategic risk management to achieve effective and practical solutions. The objective is to put the client in control of any dispute and its management through to a successful resolution.

Kate Matthews is a renowned partner and in addition to commercial disputes in the UK, frequently advises on disputes with international or EU implications.

Whether clients are based overseas or within the UK, the firm is able to work with them effectively and efficiently as a team, actively managing the legal process and understanding differences in culture and approach to negotiate settlements through alternative dispute resolution techniques or litigation.

Franchising: the firm specialises in the franchise sector and assists national and international franchisors and franchisees in developing their businesses and strategies in the industry sector. Its clients range from major household names to business start-ups where franchising is the next step in their business evolution.

The firm is accredited by the British Franchise Association and Kate Matthews is a qualified franchise professional. The firm also supports the organisation Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF).

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partners Helen Boddy
Senior partners Kate Matthews
Photo Name Position Profile
Helen Boddy photo Helen Boddy Helen has an enviable and loyal base of both corporate and individual…
Kate Matthews photo Kate Matthews Partner in Risk Management, Franchising and Dispute Resolution. Conducts major commercial disputes…
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 3
The Law Society of England & Wales
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
Qualified Franchise Professional
British Franchise Association

CLIENT: Owner/Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Farming Business
TESTIMONIAL: Boddy Matthews have provided the full legal service that we needed both Civil Litigation and Employment Law issues. Kate Matthews and Helen Boddy are formidable lawyers in their respective fields – they are approachable, professional and dynamic.
Meticulous when handling complex legal issues – so pleased that we were recommended them. We cannot fault the legal representation and advice given.

CLIENT: Owner/Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Mortgage Brokers
TESTIMONIAL: Boddy Matthews has been excellent in helping sort out a legal matter that I found myself involved in. I highly recommend them for being very responsive, offering a professional, courteous and efficient service to meet my requirements. I worked with Louise and would like to thank her for being prompt and efficient at handling my affairs in confidence as well as in an extremely professional manner during a difficult time for me. A good resolution was found for all parties, which was a fantastic result. Thank you.

CLIENT: Group Financial Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Manufacturing and Engineering Company
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Boddy Matthews solicitors for many years and have always been very satisfied with the service provided. Your responses are appropriate, insightful and timely. Always clearly explained in a manner that we non-lawyers can understand and act upon. The whole team is very easy to work with.

CLIENT: Owner/Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Accounting Practice
TESTIMONIAL: Kate and Helen have been a huge support to my business over the years. They are a pleasure to deal with and understand the challenges I face as a business owner and employer. I would highly recommend them to others.

CLIENT: Sales Director
COMPANY/FIRM: National Food Service Distributor
TESTIMONIAL: I would like to thank both yourself and Helen for all your support and professionalism throughout this stressful long road. Having your guidance and support enabled me to keep pursuing and realise there will be light at the end of the tunnel. I feel such a great sense of relief and will now celebrate.
Will recommend your company 200% to all at any time.

CLIENT: Director
COMPANY/FIRM: UK Master Franchise
TESTIMONIAL: Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews Solicitors, has been a tremendous support to our franchise. She is always there anytime (literally-any time) when we are in need of legal advice; from a simple extension agreement to complicated termination of franchise agreement. Kate’s regional knowledge is also invaluable, providing appropriate references to legal professionals that can best handle the legal matters in question. Needless to say, Kate’s reputation precedes her and her network is top notch. With her in our support system, we are very confident in our legal side of the business.

CLIENT: Senior HR Business Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Fortune 500 Company
TESTIMONIAL: Once again, thank you and Helen for your support in this process. As always, flawless execution and valuable partnering!

CLIENT: Chief Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Digital Marketing Consultants
TESTIMONIAL: Kate and the team at Boddy Matthew’s have been exceptional in assisted our company with our corporate litigation requirements. They are highly responsive and work as our business partner to achieve the best outcomes for us. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to any company looking for proficient and expert advice.

CLIENT: Director
COMPANY/FIRM: International Sports Technology Company
TESTIMONIAL: It was a pleasure working with Helen, her expertise was very evident throughout the process, and, of course, we had a great outcome!

CLIENT: Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Property Finance Director
TESTIMONIAL: Just to say a big thank you to Kate and Louise for their hard work in guiding me through a difficult situation and potential litigation with their calm and reassuring manner and professional expertise. Based on my experience so far, if anyone is considering contacting them for any advice, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the team.

CLIENT: Senior Warehouse Professional
COMPANY/FIRM: Multinational Drinks Company
TESTIMONIAL: Many thanks again for everything you and Helen have done for me. You have supported me throughout it all and it has been a relief having you by my side. As an individual dealing with [large corporate] it could of been very intimidating as there was such an inequality of bargaining power, but you and Helen levelled that gap, and that is such a powerful thing.

CLIENT: Franchise Development Manager UK
COMPANY/FIRM: Major High Street Bank
TESTIMONIAL: Kate and the team at Boddy Matthews have always provided a 1st class service. Kate herself has proved herself to be extremely knowledgeable in her sector, approachable, and always goes the extra mile to help me or contacts of mine – her support and friendship is always much appreciated.

CLIENT: Chief Operations Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: Construction Sector
TESTIMONIAL: So finally, just to say once again, thank you for all your fantastic guidance and such sound advice. The outcome has been better than I could have ever imagined.

Boddy Matthews Solicitors believe that a commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential to reflect the society we serve today. It makes business sense because it helps us to attract and retain the best talent, it enables us to understand and meet clients’ needs more effectively and so provide a better quality service.

We are committed to promote and practice equal opportunities within our workplace.

As a firm regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) we are obliged to collect and report on our workforce diversity data annually. A summary of this data is published on our website.

Pro Bono and Corporate Social Responsibility

Our lawyers undertake a range of pro bono activities and get involved in the local communities in which we work. Our CSR activities include:

  • Vice Chair of Governors at a large local junior school
  • Charitable donations to local charities such as Loveworks, and bigger charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support with both local and national reach.
  • It is our policy to donate all monies from oaths, declarations, witnessing and certifications to a charity chosen annually by the firm; currently East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre at East Surrey Hospital
  • Participating in a variety of fund raising events including the London Legal Walk for the London Legal Support Trust which promotes access to justice and supports frontline free legal advice charities.
  • Chairing the South Region for Not-for-profit-group: Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) and participating in EWIF events.
  • Supporting initiatives with local businesses as members of the Reigate Business Guild (RBG)
  • Sponsorship of local events for the Redhill Redstone Rotary Club for local charities; Old Reigatians Rugby Football Club
  • Attending local schools’ career events.
  • Attending RBG litter picking events to promote environmental initiatives.
  • Hosting seminars for the British Franchise Association.
  • Participation in local sports teams.
  • We are constantly striving to help minimize our impact on the environment.
  • We are very nearly a paperless office.