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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. Since 2008, I have advised and litigated across a spectrum of Employment Law issues – specialising in discrimination and equal pay.


I have particular expertise in:

  • Equal pay claims
  • Race discrimination claims
  • Transfer Of Undertakings (TUPE)
  • Restructures and redundancies
  • Negotiating severance
  • Contractual disputes –  including post-termination restrictions
  • 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.


I represent a wide range of employer clients, including sole traders, charities, Professional Deputies, care homes, firms of solicitors, clothing retailers, insurance brokers, PR companies, recruitment agencies and multinational printing companies.

My employee clients come from all walks of life and I act under different funding arrangements, such as Legal Expenses Insurance, Damages Based Agreements, as well as privately funded cases.


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 Chartered Institute of Legal Executives 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.

I taught English to groups of professionals and I undertook a one-month work placement at a French law firm. This experience 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

Most of my weekends are spent exploring National Trust sites, farms, beaches and other outdoor locations with my family. In the evenings, I enjoy sampling real ales, cider and red wine, and watching TV dramas about crime and forensic science. I am a supporter of my native team Newcastle United FC.

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