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Matthew Grant


“Having trained as a barrister, I am able to represent clients at all stages in their case, including at trial”.


I am a specialist employment lawyer based in our Brighton and Eastbourne offices. Over the past 8 years I have advised and litigated across the full range of employment issues with a particular specialism in discrimination and equal pay. Having trained as a barrister, I am able to represent clients at all stages in their case, including at trial. Within the community care team I deal with contractual disputes, I assist Professional Deputies with employment law issues, and I am able to advise on landlord and tenant disputes where required.


I have particular expertise in:

  • Equal Pay Claims and Pay Disputes under Collective Agreements
  • Workplace Discrimination claims
  • Transfer of Undertakings
  • Whistleblowing
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Unfair Dismissal (including constructive dismissal)
  • Advocacy and Employment Tribunal proceedings – including Judicial Mediation and costs applications
  • County Court and High Court litigation
  • Disputes with Legal Expenses Insurers
  • Lecturing to students and training HR Professionals in areas of employment law


My employer clients range from sole traders and local community organisations, to leisure providers, care homes, firms of solicitors, multi-national recruitment agencies, and international printing companies.

I act for employees at all levels, from all backgrounds, and with varying funding arrangements. I have acted for baristas through to solicitors.

Within our Professional Deputies Service, I help solicitors and accountants who have been appointed as Attorneys or Deputies and whose clients are faced with complicated employment issues.


I graduated from the University of Northumbria in 2008 with First Class Honours, excelling as Best Graduating Student in the Bar Exempting degree programme. Prior to graduating, I completed a one-year placement as an Erasmus student at the Université d’Orléans where I read French law. I am a Churchill scholar of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and a member of the Employment Law Bar Association. I am also a Graduate Member of the Institute of Legal Executives currently working towards Fellowship.

Other experience

In my former job I represented multiple Claimants in high-value equal pay claims against public authorities. As part of a specialist legal team led by Stefan Cross QC, I represented public sector workers in Employment Tribunals across the UK, dealing with cutting-edge legal arguments and obtaining substantial awards of compensation.

Whilst abroad, I taught English to groups of professionals and I undertook a one-month work placement at a French law firm. Most of all, this taught me how culture has a significant impact upon how people respond to disputes.

I spent five years as a volunteer adviser at the Newcastle Citizen’s Advice Bureau where I helped clients on a range of legal issues. I also worked as a student adviser in the Employment Team at the University of Northumbria’s student law office dealing with Employment Tribunal claims – here I discovered a passion for advising and representing employees in this fast-developing area of law.

I have a life too

I am fluent in French and I enjoy European cinema. I enjoy spending time with my family and visiting National Trust sites. For my sins, I am a supporter of my native Newcastle United FC.

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