Firm Profile > Boddy Matthews Limited > Reigate, England

Boddy Matthews Limited

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Led by Helen Boddy, Boddy Matthews Limited advises corporations, SMEs, owner-managed businesses and senior executives on employment law. In addition to representing both employers and senior employees on disputes, such as those involving disability discrimination and harassment, it also provides day-to-day advice to employers on contract changes, TUPE issues, and restructurings. Boddy garners high praise for her 'superb technical know-how' and her client-focused approach. Michal Stein, who was formerly a consultant, has now become a senior associate.

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‘Helen is always responsive and looks at all angles when providing advice. She is equally as comfortable providing advice on a TUPE to a difficult dismissal and is able to provide comprehensive advice which supports the business in their decisions.’

‘The Boddy Matthews team was extremely well focused right from the start. They were a pleasure to work with as they identified the issues immediately, set them out in an easy to understand way and delivered the advice I needed quickly and cost effectively. Despite being a regional firm they gave the reassurance of a large London practice without the corresponding bills!’

‘Helen Boddy was outstanding in the way she advised using a common sense approach underpinned by superb technical know-how and a real world practicality towards achieving a solution. Helen was quick to pick up on the core of the issues and delivered her advice very efficiently, nothing was too much trouble – a real star in the employment law area and I would not hesitate to recommend her.’

‘They take time to understand client’s business and ethos and tailor advice accordingly. Good listeners. Practical and straightforward advice.’

‘They always have time to properly discuss issues’


Key clients

Age UK Croydon

Rolls Royce Power Systems AG

Bell Integrated Communications

Bollore Logistics UK

Shillington College

Lindner Interiors


Accounting 4 Contractors

WM Lillico & Son

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

Boddy Matthews Limited acts for clients including corporates, SMEs and owner-managed businesses in commercial litigation. The team stands out from other practices for its experience in franchising disputes, an area of particular expertise for practice head Kate Matthews. It handles matters including enforcing breaches of contracts, professional negligence claims, and product liability claims. The team acts for overseas clients with regard to their disputes in England.

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Pepe’s Piri Piri

Babyballet Franchising

N-Tire Systems

Young Futures CIC

Sally Morgan

ReginaldPotter & Josephine Youngs as Executors

Egyptian Sponge Iron & Steel Company SAE

Steamray Inc

Jacqueline Jamieson

Timothy Unmack Trustee

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Boddy Matthews Limited is known for its expertise in the specialist area of franchising, advising clients in sectors including food, healthcare, and retail. The team is led by founder Kate Matthews, who is an accredited mediator for the British Franchise Associate and a Qualified Franchise Professional; senior consultant Nick Fieldhouse is also recommended. The team is praised by a client as 'an invaluable resource'.

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‘Boddy Matthews have become an invaluable resource when it comes to protecting my rights and growing my business. Their attention to detail and knowledge of laws are unsurpassed and they were able to handle the whole spectrum of my business legal needs. I specifically needed substantial advice in conflict resolution and IP affairs and I believe Boddy Matthews are unique, not only because of their professionalism, but also for their transparency and honesty.  As a small business costs are very important and Boddy Matthews were always upfront and honest about the most cost effective ways to do things. If it was not for their support and expertise, I truly do not think my business would be where it is today.’

‘Kate Matthews and Nick Fieldhouse are what I call the ultimate legal duo. Both are ridiculously knowledgeable, helpful and, most importantly, patient. If that doesn’t make them stand out then their care for their customers has to! Both of them answer enquiries on the same day and quite a few times when they were on holiday on the opposite side of the world. They are relentless and I feel they care about my business as much as I do. I’m very grateful to having had the pleasure of being a client of Boddy Matthews.’

Key clients

Pepe’s Piri Piri

Babyballet Franchising


Blend Clinic

Pawpals Pet Sitting

Ryan Evans (In-Toto Kitchens Franchisee)

Toddlerworld Limited (Gymboree Franchisee)

J&T Drainage Solutions Limited (MetroRod Franchisee)

Emily Bates (Little Kickers Franchisee)

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 Partner specialising in Employment and HR Legal support. Runs a full service…
 Harriet Hutchinson  photo Harriet Hutchinson Solicitor assisting in Employment, Franchising and Dispute Resolution. Has experience in contractual…
 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: Director, International IT Company
TESTIMONIAL: I think the conclusion was a bit better than satisfactory – absolutely marvellous in fact! I can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve given me – I’m really, really happy about this.

CLIENT: Chair of the Board of Trustees, – leading health education institution
TESTIMONIAL: “I have been given your details as the “wise counsellor” on all matters HR related.

CLIENT: Programmes Director, voluntary sector charity
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you so much for this comprehensive response. I feel much more in control of the situation as a result. Once again, many thanks for your clear guidance and advice”.

CLIENT: IT Information Management System Manager, global technology solutions in defence, security and transportation
TESTIMONIAL: “Brilliant news, thank you for all your help and going the extra mile on this. It feels quite a relief, a really good result and I am certainly looking forward to putting it all behind me.”

CLIENT: Corporate Entertainment client and Owner Manager Director
TESTIMONIAL: “ Kate…..thank you so very much for holding my hand through the nightmare that [this matter] was !!

CLIENT: Female entrepreneur of cosmetic and medical plasma business
TESTIMONIAL: Kate and Harriet were amazing. This was my first franchise, they talked me through step by step, didn’t over load me with information or costs. They simplified the whole process and understood my priorities. They have issued me with tools and information for future franchises and made me feel confident moving forward. I would highly recommend Boddy Mathews.

CLIENT: Director and Shareholder of a well-known Medical franchise owner
TESTIMONIAL: “I was very impressed with the thorough, professional and insightful advice provided. I was given a comprehensive answer to my query regarding my Franchise agreement. I had been nervous about how to approach the Franchisor however with not only a detailed report but a very helpful telephone call to back it up I felt much more confident when having the potentially difficult meeting. I would like to thank the team for their support. I can thoroughly recommend Boddy Matthews for advice.”

CLIENT: Multiple Franchise owner and CEO of two companies operating in the leisure industry
TESTIMONIAL: “We would like to express our deepest thanks to Kate Matthews from Boddy Matthew Ltd who dealt with our urgent and sensitive situation in an efficient and professional manner. Our minds were put at rest, safe in the knowledge that her advice and implementation of that advice was speedy and sound. Again, thank you Kate….”

CLIENT: CEO of the largest privately owned steel produce in Egypt and the Middle East
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you Kate. You are always so helpful, and we really appreciate that. ”

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.

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 local junior school
  • Charitable donations to charities such as The Royal Marsden, St. Catherine’s Hospice, YMCA, Shelter and the Alzheimer’s Society.
  • Participating in a variety of events including the Annual Legal Walk, Run Reigate 10K and local Santa Runs to raise money for charity.
  • Supporting initiatives with local businesses including membership of the Reigate Business Guild
  • Sponsorship of local events for example the Reigate Tunnel Beer Festival with Redhill Redstone Rotary
  • Attending local schools’ career events.
  • Chairing the South Region for Not-for-profit group: Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) and participation in events.
  • Pro Bono work at Employment Litigant in Person Scheme
  • We are also constantly striving to help minimise our impact on the environment.