Matthew Curtis

Year of Call: 2006
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Telephone: 01962 868 884

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Employment and discrimination

Matthew has an extensive Employment Law practice regularly advising and representing both Claimants and Respondents. He has been recognised as an employment barrister, noted as a Leading Junior in the Legal 500 for each of the last 5 years, described as "a rising star who punches well above his weight" an accolade which is demonstrated with his work on numerous complex multi-day cases across the Western Circuit.

Matthew has appeared in Employment Tribunals on behalf of both employer and employee in unfair dismissal, TUPE, redundancy, disability discrimination, age discrimination, race discrimination and whistle-blowing cases.

Matthew is particularly adept at getting to grips with the details in technically complex cases, demonstrated by a number of cases he has undertaken for airports and flight schools requiring detailed understanding of Aviation law, and also for regulated professions such as care homes and schools requiring an understanding of the CQC/Ofsted requirements. His recommendation in the Legal 500 notes him for his thorough preparation and meticulous attention to detail (2017).

Matthew is frequently asked to advise on all aspects of an employment law dispute, from drafting merits and pleadings to appropriate quantum and terms of settlement. He is instructed by large national corporations and solicitors from across the country as well as individual claimants who require a dedicated, competent and technically able Barrister.

Recent Cases include

D v N Ltd
Successfully representing a Claimant against a nationwide company in a 4-day disability discrimination case which resulted in a substantial award of aggravated damages and an exceptionally large costs order in excess of £17,000.

McGlinchy & Anor v TAG Farnborough
Successfully representing a respondent in a race, disability discrimination and whistleblowing case involving 40 alleged protected disclosures where his meticulous attention to both the merits of the circumstances as well as the specific technical issues of aviation law saw all claims dismissed.

B & 13 ors v A Local Authority & 7 ors 
Junior being led on a multi-party TUPE service provision change claim relating to domiciliary care contracts.


  • 21st Sep 2017

    Employment specialist Matthew Curtis provides an employment case law update covering:

    1. Tribunal fees – the latest position
    2. Suspension – the risks
    3. ACAS Early conciliation – the latest skirmishes in an ongoing war (De Mota v ADR Network & anor UKEAT/0305/16)
    4. Presidential guidance – pensions and Vento
    5. Burden of proof in discrimination claims

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  • 4th May 2017

    Evidence in Disability Cases: where are we now? By Matthew Curtis. Matthew Curtis reviews some recent decisions regarding evidential issues in disability discrimination cases, with a particular focus on:
    •Stress as a disability
    •Principal's liability for acts of their agents
    •Knowledge of disability, in particular who has to know for a claim to succeed?
    •Indirect discrimination: the standard of evidence required
    •Dismissing for long-term absence where there is late evidence from the employee

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Matthew Curtis - 3PB ‘Very personable, articulate and thorough.’
Legal 500 2017/Regional Bar – Western Circuit, Employment law

Matthew Curtis - "A calm and effective advocate, who shows thorough preparation and meticulous attention to detail."
Legal 500 2016/Regional Bar – Western Circuit, Employment law

Matthew Curtis - "He comes across confidently when delivering a case to tribunal."
Legal 500 2015/Regional Bar – Western Circuit, Employment law

Matthew Curtis - "A very competent barrister, with excellent commercial and communication skills."
Legal 500 2014/Regional Bar – Western Circuit, Employment law

Matthew Curtis - "Recognised as a rising star who punches well above his height."
Legal 500 2013/Regional Bar – Western Circuit, Employment law

Client Testimonials 

"Can I take this opportunity to thank you for instructing Matthew to represent me in the tribunal, he was absolutely brilliant in everything he did." [Employment client]

"Thank you so much for representing us on Thursday. We couldn't have had a better barrister! You were so organised [and] articulate and managed to get a grasp extremely quickly on a very unusual case resulting in winning. This is more outstanding due to the huge file that you had to go through in such a short time. We were very impressed with your confident presentation to the judge whom I think rather enjoyed listening to your argument. Thank you once again and we wish you success in your future cases. I would say good luck but with all the hard work you do I don't think you will need it." [Civil case]

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Academic qualifications

  • Middle Temple
  • King's College, London - LLB (Hons)
  • Inns of Court School Law - BVC

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • CIPD conduct hearing panel member

Professional bodies

  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Direct Access

Matthew Curtis is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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