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Boddy Matthews Limited

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Boddy Matthews Limited‘s department head Helen Boddy is praised as a ‘very competent legal adviser‘, and has a diverse client base, advising corporates, SMEs, owner-managed businesses and senior executives on a wide range of employment issues including recruitment and termination issues, confidentiality work, restructurings and redundancies. Boddy has particular expertise in advising clients on TUPE issues. Michal Stein was recently promoted to senior associate, strengthening the team’s employment law abilities with her extensive experience working in top City firms.

Practice head(s):

Helen Boddy

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is absolutely competent, easy to work with, very efficient and effective in dealing with employment matters. They are very fast in handling the matters and are providing deep and thorough guidance and advice.’

‘A boutique-style firm which gives close and immediate contact but with the expertise and knowledge of a large corporate. Understands the customer really well and can easily and quickly pick up the details of a complex case and offer the right advice and action plan. Very transparent with costs and keeps you informed of expenditure and forecast for total bill.’

‘The practice of Boddy Matthews provided a personal service from an experienced team which quickly built a sense of confidence and trust (this is particularly important at a time of great uncertainty). The practice is quite small by comparison with some of the larger London law firms, but they were easily accessible, always proactive, and prompt in responding to issues.’

‘My main point of contact is Helen Boddy. I can share that she is a very competent legal adviser. We have been working with her and her company for quite some time now and I have always felt comfortable with her quality of work. She is very responsive, very customer driven, very efficient and always provides various perspectives in legal matters to be handled. She keeps her client informed and engaged throughout the course of a legal matter up until it’s successfully closed.’

‘Helen is extremely customer-focused and really understands the customer’s needs. She is considered but responsive and comes up with the right legal advice for the situation. She is a valued collaborator who I have worked with for over 15 years because of her consistency, availability and spot on advice.’

‘Helen Boddy of Boddy Matthews assisted me in a particularly difficult grievance process with a long-term employer. Helen Boddy very quickly but nevertheless meticulously assessed what was a complex situation. She then provided honest and at times very frank advice, which looking back was precisely what was needed. Helen showed exceptional foresight as to how events would most likely play out, allowing us to implement two parallel strategies, to cover differing eventualities. I was at all times very well briefed on likely scenarios and therefore knew precisely how to respond. The final outcome achieved was far beyond my initial expectations. Michal Stein of Boddy Matthews was equally professional and supportive during this process.’

‘Helen Boddy attended an individual meeting along with us and brought a positively influential dimension to the process.’

Key clients

AES Energy Ltd

Age UK Croydon

DSP Group Ltd

Fileturn Ltd

Offshore Shipbrokers Ltd

Southern UK Communications Ltd

Storm Building Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Age UK Croydon on a major restructuring and change management programme.
  • Advised DSP Group Ltd on its acquisition of SoundChip SA, including employment due diligence and review of 10 employment agreements, advice on various aspects of the UK employment relationship between the Swiss entity and its UK employees, review of and comments on employment representations and warranties.
  • Advised Southern UK Communications Ltd as an incoming franchisee of large telecoms franchisor BT plc regarding a TUPE transfer following a service provision change.

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

The dispute resolution team at Boddy Matthews Limited is led by firm founder Kate Matthews, who has extensive experience of all forms of commercial litigation, including mediation, arbitration, expert determination and adjudication. Her clients are often start-up domestic and international clients, with a particular focus on franchising.  She also handles disputes regarding contracts, shareholder and partnership disagreements, trading dispute claims and aviation logistics claims.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews


‘Boddy Matthews are very personable in their approach. They have always been very professional, providing all costs up front and sticking to these. I feel I have always had very sound and sensible advice from them and whilst providing options on legal issues they allow me to weigh up the best way forward. Where necessary they have bought in specialist advisors around contract law. Overall I feel they have been an asset to my company. ’

‘A small but highly personalized service. Clear distinction between specialties and areas of expertise. Approachable and highly conscientious of keeping the project on track from a timing and billing perspective.’

‘Excellent support. Very happy to collaborate with. Investigated a very new area of the law above and beyond the call of duty. ’

‘Dedication to claim. Very professional and approachable.’

‘Kate Matthews tells you the facts straight and as they come, which I like as it allows me to have a clear understanding of my options.’

‘Kate Matthews is always professional and clearly displayed a deep understanding of dealing with HMRC working methods and procedures, making the process of my case efficient and to the point.’

Key clients

Pepe’s Piri Piri Limited

Leeway Services Limited

Electromechanical Ordtech IKE

Young Futures CIC

Aston Dove Limited

Construction Marketing Events Limited

Reginald Potter and Josephine Youngs as Executors

Raymond Andrew Foster

SHL Services Limited

Internet Advertising Bureau UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Leeway Services Limited on breaches of contract by Amazon on its online selling platform during the 2020 pandemic.
  • Advised Young Futures CIC, a charity providing assistance, support and accommodation to young women coming out of care or prison on a negligence action in the drafting and completion by its property lawyers of the lease for its new build accommodation.

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

The experienced Kate Matthews founded Boddy Matthews Limited in 2013 and heads the niche commercial department at the boutique firm. Matthews holds extensive expertise in franchising matters, being an accredited mediator for the British Franchise Association and a Qualified Franchise Professional. Senior consultant Nick Fieldhouse provides support on core corporate and commercial work.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews

Other key lawyers:


‘Friendly and willing to explain things clearly. Returned calls when messages were left. Answered questions and dealt with my requirements in good time. Provided a good written document/report for me to refer back to when needed. ‘

‘They understand my business very well and they also understand me very well so they are able to tailor their advice to meet my specific needs and requirements. They are always available and respond to my calls, even when they are on holiday.’

‘It is a small team which provides an efficient service. Partners often consult with each other in order to provide a fuller legal service rather than specific advice on one branch of the law.’

‘Friendly and professional and dealt with me like a customer, not just another number. Offered a personal and professional service and I was never left feeling like I was simply dealing with another computer dishing out automated responses, even during these pandemic times.’

‘Incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful advice.’

‘Kate Matthews was recommended to me by a banking contact as an expert in franchise agreements, which proved to be the case. She was easy to contact directly and she responded quickly to requests for support.’

‘Kate Matthews is very knowledgeable and very happy to give advice without being billed for every second you talk. They have a team that each has their speciality and are happy to refer you to any member. They understand your requirements (even though you may not speak their language) and are able to explain things in plain English.’

‘Kate Matthews was clearly focused on providing appropriate guidance and support for my specific requirements. Responded quickly and within requested timescales.  I was confident with the guidance, advice and support she provided and this encouraged me to undertake further due diligence before proceeding with the franchise agreement.  I would not hesitate to use Kate again or indeed recommend her services to others seeking legal guidance in respect of franchise agreements.’

Key clients

Pepes Piri Piri Limited

Babyballet Franchising Limited (re Greenwich)

Caremark Limited

LK Woking Limited t/a Little Kickers Woking

PJ Pipe & Valves pvte Limited

Stocksigns Limited

TSG National Limited

R and D Real Estate Limited

AUM Care Limited

E. Bates

Work highlights

  • Acting for Babyballet Limited to secure the brand and its trading network during UK lockdowns
  • Acted for Caremark Limited in securing its trading position for the network.
  • Providing trusted advisor legal services to Stocksigns Limited for 2020 trading and the associated challenges.

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

Boddy Matthews Limited handles a range of contentious and non-contentious franchising matters for brands nationally and globally. Its key areas of focus include risk auditing, commercial strategy advice on franchise agreements and renewals, and franchising disputes. Team head Kate Matthews is experienced in franchising transactions and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews

Key clients

Pepes Piri Piri Limited

Babyballet Franchising Limited (re Greenwich)

Caremark Limited

LK Woking Limited t/a Little Kickers Woking

Babyballet Franchising Limited (re Omskirk)

Matthew Corner – Maplebrook Wills Limited

Ryan Evans as Personal Guarantor to Evans Design and Build Ltd.- In-Toto Kitchens Limited Franchisee

R and D Real Estate Limited t/a Century 21

AUM Care Limited t/a Surecare

E. Bates t/a Little Kickers Reading and Wokingham

Work highlights

  • Advised Babyballet the franchisor on its multimillion pound franchisee business network operating under the brand name.
  • Acting for franchisor Caremark on employee matters affecting the franchise brand.
  • Acted for LK Woking Limited trading as Little Kickers Woking on alleged breaches of brand obligations and resale of franchise business.

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).

Senior partners Helen Boddy
Senior partners Kate Matthews
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…
Michal Stein photo Michal SteinSenior Employment Associate. Michal is an experienced employment solicitor who focuses on…
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

COMPANY/FIRM: Charity and Community Interest Companies
TESTIMONIAL: “We’re all delighted with the outcome and extremely impressed with your good work. It’s been a pleasure working with you and I’ve felt we were in good hands from our very first communication.”

CLIENT: HR Business Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: International, Fortune 500, Energy Generator and Distributor
TESTIMONIAL: “Once again, thank you Helen and Michal for your support in this process. As always, flawless execution and valuable partnering!”

COMPANY/FIRM: Construction Company
TESTIMONIAL: “Completely brilliant, Helen. Completely pragmatic and realistic. You are the first employment lawyer I have used and I think you are great”.

COMPANY/FIRM: Greek based Aeronautical Manufacturer and Consultants Firm
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you very much for the compact and thorough update Kate. You are a first class Legal Professional but you would have made an excellent engineer or scientist likewise and I mean what I am saying; it is not just a compliment…”

CLIENT: Director and Senior Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Food Industry
TESTIMONIAL: “I would like to thank Helen and Michal 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: Owner and Franchisor
COMPANY/FIRM: Major Baby Franchise Brand
TESTIMONIAL: “Having Kate by our side as our company solicitor in 2021 has been one of the biggest positives of our year. Not only has she been an incredibly talented and experienced legal advisor (as always) to help my company through some of the biggest challenges it has ever faced but she has been a huge support to myself and my team on a much more personal, compassionate and empathetic level. We had some tough legal franchising decisions to make but knowing that we were able to rely on her incredible knowledge and expertise of the franchise industry made these decisions much more tolerable.”

CLIENT: Senior Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: International Technology Manufacturing Company
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you to Michal and Helen for all of your excellent support through the last few weeks. For sure it has been a challenging few months for me, and I appreciate your frank and honest guidance in order to untangle me from [my ex-employer]… Finalising the settlement has been a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders and I am feeling excited about my next (ad) venture”.

CLIENT: Owner / Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Interior Design Business and Retail Outlet
TESTIMONIAL: “Kate. I would like to thank you for all the excellent legal advice, support and work you did for me in getting to this position. It is a shame that they could not have come to this conclusion a little earlier as it would have cost a lot less! This is no way a criticism of your charges in any way. It is money well spent, as being able to see the finishing line at last, has taken away the constant stress and worry that has haunted me for years.”

CLIENT: Key Account Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: International Brewer
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you so much Helen for all of your help through this. I knew I was in a safe pair of hands from the start and it took a lot of the stress out of the situation. To have also reached a fair severance is fantastic, the breathing space that buys me for continuing to get my health back to where it needs to be for full time work is invaluable”.

CLIENT: Owner / Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Franchise Development and Recruitment Consultant
TESTIMONIAL: “When I’ve asked Kate for legal advice around franchising she is always positive, pragmatic and honest as well as being aware of the commercial side of the advice she is giving so, gives you a great foundation to then make decisions from. I’ve had no hesitation in referring franchisees/franchisors to her for advice. Kate is also an amazing ambassador for women in franchising


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 such as the Redhill Redstone Rotary Club Reigate Tunnel Beer Festival for local charities; Old Reigatians Rugby Football Club Charity Quiz night for Parkinsons UK.
  • 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.