Boddy Matthews Limited > Reigate, England > Firm Profile

Boddy Matthews Limited

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Helen Boddy, ‘trustworthy and very efficient in her collaboration’, heads the employment offering at Boddy Matthews Limited, supporting a diverse client base that includes substantial corporates, SMEs, owner managed businesses and senior executives. The team’s extensive experience gives it a broader understanding of the dynamics of the employment relationship. The team advises on all aspects of employment from recruitment to termination and post termination issues, with particular expertise in TUPE both in relation to business sales and purchases and outsourcing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Helen Boddy

Other key lawyers:

Michal Stein


‘Boddy Matthews were deeply understanding and personable from initial introductions to the conclusion of my case, and demonstrated deep expertise to support my requirements. Under the circumstances of redundancy, I was very pleased with the support and action I received from Boddy Matthews, and have gone on to recommend them to several individuals who are going through similar experiences.’

‘Helen Boddy was the only person I had contact with at the firm. My initial introductory phone call was to her directly, and she was extremely understanding, personable, confident, knowledgeable and timely with all her commentary, correspondence, recommendations and actions.’

‘Helen Boddy advised me expertly in relation to a termination – clarity of advice and recommendations, yet always client-led; eye for detail and for opportunity to ensure most tax-efficient treatment of situation.’

‘The practice of Boddy Matthews is a very trusted legal partner of our company for many years now. The team is very reliable, knowledgeable and trustworthy. They do have a very strong customer approach, being attentive to customers’ needs and addressing these with utmost attention and confidentiality.’

‘I have closely worked with Helen Boddy and can add the stands out with her professional approach to any legal matter, her broad knowledge across multiple areas, her trustworthiness and high level of confidentiality. Helen Boddy demonstrates high level of client orientation, always trying to understand the full complexity of her client’s matter and address it timely and constructively. She always look for a win-win solution for her client within the legal framework. She is trustworthy and very efficient in her collaboration.’

‘Helen Boddy went above and beyond with my advice and legal issue which resulted in a positive outcome. Her knowledge of employment law is phenomenal which from my experience with employment lawyers, stands out. Helen was also a very approachable, confident and extremely pleasant to correspond with through email. Her grit and determination was outstanding. I would most certainly use Helen again if I needed employment advice.’

‘Helen Boddy – approachable, knowledgeable, embodiment of an excellent employment specialist. Very experienced, gets results. Helen is responsive, compassionate and effective all rolled in to one.’

‘I found Helen Boddy to be responsive and highly competent, with a good outcome achieved on the assignment in question.’

Key clients

The AES Corporation/ AES ELectric Ltd

Accounting for Contractors Ltd

Bollore Logistics UK Ltd

Denmech Ltd

Fileturn Ltd

FriendFinder Networks Inc

FL Greenwood & Sons

MSP Secretaries Ltd

People Tree Fair Trade Group Limited

Saracen Horse Feeds Ltd

Society of Critical Care Medicine (US)

Storm Building Ltd

Vecta UW Limited

Wm Lillico & Son Ltd

Senior Executives mainly ex City with 6 figure salaries

Work highlights

  • Advised Bollore Logistics UK Ltd on Employment and TUPE aspects of first and second generation outsourcing to Bollore in managing some of the world’s biggest retailers, delivering global transport and logistics services.
  • Advised and acted for Fileturn Ltd in two Covid-related employment tribunal cases including furlough and zero hours related issues.
  • Retained by American law firms and general counsel to provide UK employment law advice to a US clients with interests in the UK including, start-ups, employee relations, employment status and other HR legal issues.

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

Kate Matthews, head of the dispute resolution and risk management team at Boddy Matthews Limited , is a highly reputable commercial litigator and holds positions or membership at many professional societies including the Surrey Chamber of Commerce. She has experience in supporting domestic and international clients in all forms of dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, expert determination and settlement negotiation, with a strong expertise in franchising.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews


‘The team is exceptional. It is not an overestimation to state that I would have lost my business and probably much more without the dedication of Kate Matthews at Boddy Matthews.’

‘Kate Matthews has provided exceptional constant support and advice throughout the litigation. Always available for contact, to read draft letters and court forms, helping me meet the deadlines and helping me navigate the “David and Goliath” litigation.’

‘Kate Matthews combines empathy and realpolitik to provide genuinely practical support and advice.’

Key clients

Wimbledon Greyhound

Leeway Services Limited

Electromechanical Ordtech IKE

Rose Greenwood t/a FL Greenwood & Son

Johnsons Brokerage Limited

Egyptian Sponge, Iron and Steel Company SAE

People Tree Fair Trade Group Limited

Raymond Andrew Foster

SHL Services Limited

Mark Kavuma

Work highlights

  • Advised Leeway Services Limited, a manufacturer and seller of pet supplies and other animal products, on breaches of contract by five Amazon entities on its online selling platform during the 2020 pandemic in the London Commercial Court.
  • Acting for Electromechanical Ordtech IKE regarding a dispute concerning design, development, engineering and technical services in aeronautics and defence.
  • Acting for Rose Greenwood trading as FL Greenwood & Son, the sole trader of arable and dairy/beef farming and car business 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.

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

Founding partner Kate Matthews  heads up the team at Boddy Matthews Limited - she has notable niche expertise with regards to franchising. The team has a diverse client base including both sophisticated and start-up clients, and works with both domestic and international businesses, having recently advised Babyballet Ltd on its expansion to Australia. In addition to Matthews’ specialist knowledge in franchising, clients praise her for her excellent client service. As the Chair of Encouraging Women into Franchising for the South Region, Matthews gives her time to support women in the business environment.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews


‘Quick and concise responses. Boddy Matthews Limited are upfront about their pricing and offer different options based on your budget.’

‘Super enthusiastic, highly knowledgeable and definitely a trusted advisor. Always happy to recommend the firm and individuals.’

‘We have worked with Kate Matthews and her team for a number of years and have always found them to be professional and attentive. Kate herself has excellent knowledge on Franchising and licensing and has always gone out of her way to explain things to us in layman’s terms.’

‘Kate Matthews always makes herself available to help at the earliest opportunity and is always open and honest about what can be achieved.’

‘We have Kate Matthews as our corporate solicitor, as the New Master Franchise, she really help and assisted me in our needs for legal advises. Available almost anytime of the day including weekends and holidays- really appreciated that since we worked in different time zone.’

‘Kate Matthews is a very quick, straightforward solicitor who gets straight to the heart of your current problem. The most important quality I appreciated from Kate was that she cares about you as a client and takes into consideration what you have said during meetings to form a strategy which best enables you to move forward with your case. Her experience and expertise really comes through when she presents and advises you on multiple options. She helps you to make well informed decisions more easily.’

Key clients

Little Kids Sports Club Limited and Raymond Lau trading as Little Kickers Hong Kong

Babyballet Franchising Limited (re Franchisees Greenwich etc)

Babyballet Franchising Limited- expansion in UK of Australia licence

Caremark Limited

LK Woking Limited t/a Little Kickers Woking

People Tree Fair Trade Group Limited

Gesibsumnes Ltd t/a Gymboree Play & Music

Brush Party UK Limited

Clare Fulthorpe and Emma Playle and Playsons LLP trading as Monkey Music Leatherhead

Blueprometheus Ltd t/a Countrywide Signs Limited and Paul Green as an Individual

MSP Secretaries Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the international brand owner, Babyballet Ltd to secure additional contracts with other child activity brands to promote the Babyballet brand, expansion through franchising and adding licenses and expansion in Australia to increase the network reach during UK lockdowns.
  • Acting for multi million pound company, Caremark Ltd, in securing its trading position for the Franchise network of over 100 franchisees in the UK and internationally in India and Malta in particular and advising on corporate matters.
  • Providing trusted advisor company legal services to People Tree Fair Trade Group Limited during 2021 trading including advising the board in respect of UK matters and share issues, employment, company guarantees.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 5

Specialist commercial firm Boddy Matthews Limited handles franchising work for clients in the restaurant, domestic products, and children's entertainment sectors. Along with essential franchising advisory services, the team assists clients with contractual claims including innocent, negligent, and fraudulent misrepresentation and duty of care claims. Kate Matthews heads up the practice - she is an accredited mediator with a particular focus on advising both franchisors and franchisees on contentious franchising matters.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews


‘They are very helpful and always ready to assist! They can understand the details, advising timing of termination and even letter to send out to both customers and the defunct franchisee.’

‘Kate Matthews is very professional and firm in giving her advice and input – amazing!’

Key clients

Little Kids Sports Club Limited and Raymond Lau trading as Little Kickers Hong Kong

Babyballet Franchising Limited

Caremark Limited

LK Woking Limited t/a Little Kickers Woking

Riverpoint Enterprises Limited t/a Cannell Signs

Gesibsumnes Ltd t/a Gymboree Play & Music

Brush Party UK Limited

Clare Fulthorpe and Emma Playle and Playsons LLP trading as Monkey Music Leatherhead

Blueprometheus Ltd t/a Countrywide Signs Limited and Paul Green as an Individual

Pepe’s Piri Piri Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the international brand owner, Babyballet Ltd to secure additional contracts with other child activity brands to promote the Babyballet brand, expansion through franchising and adding licenses and expansion in Australia to increase the network reach during UK lockdowns.
  • Acting for multi million pound company, Caremark Ltd, in securing its trading position for the Franchise network of over 100 franchisees in the UK and internationally in India and Malta in particular and advising on corporate matters.
  • Advising Pepe’s Piri Piri Franchising Limited and the Pepe’s group including court proceeding post judgment and costs issues from franchise litigation.
Kate Matthews photo Kate MatthewsPartner in Risk Management, Franchising and Dispute Resolution. Conducts major commercial disputes…

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.