Matthew Curtis

Year of Call: 2006
Email Address: matthew.curtis@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01962 868 884

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Overview

Matthew Curtis has been recognised as a Leading Junior in the Legal 500 for the last 5 years. He has been described as a “very competent barrister” who is “calm and effective” and, who “shows thorough preparation and meticulous attention to detail”. He has been given particular praise for his “excellent commercial and communication skills.”

Matthew has a wealth of experience in Employment law and Commercial Litigation.

Matthew regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal on behalf of both employers and employees in a range of employment issues and has dealt with a number of complex multi-day cases, including:

  • A 5-day disability discrimination and unfair dismissal case, acting for the Appellant on appeal to the EAT
  • A 10-day whistleblowing case for a respondent which involved technical issues of aviation law
  • A TUPE case listed for a 10-day remedy hearing and involving 14 claimants and 8 respondents representing a local authority.

Matthew has a comprehensive Commercial Law encompassing fast-track and multi-track matters in the County Court and High Court, such as:

  • Advice and representation in a High Court claim concerning the valuation of a company which was sold, involving a dispute over the correct interpretation of the sale agreement.

Matthew is instructed by numerous large national retailers, transport companies, airline industry providers and a multitude of SME’s as well as several local authorities across the Western Circuit

Matthew is authorised to accept instructions direct from members of the public in any of his areas of practice. He is able to undertake work for a fixed fee where appropriate.

Expertise

  • Employment and discrimination
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    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 London and 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

    B & 13 ors v A Local Authority & 7 ors (2018)
    Junior being led on a multi-party TUPE service provision change claim relating to domiciliary care contracts. Currently listed for a 10-day remedy hearing (2018).

    M v B Trust (2017)
    Successfully representing the Respondent in a disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim involving a teacher who was dismissed from her role shortly after commencing long-term sick leave with anorexia nervosa.

    H v E Borough Council (2018)
    Representing the Respondent/Appellant at the EAT following a 5-day ET claim involving allegations of disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.

    Publications

    • 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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  • Commercial
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    Matthew’s commercial practice links nicely with his Employment practice, enabling him to advise on directors actions, TUPE provisions, restrictive covenants and related matters.

    Matthew’s commercial practice links nicely with his Employment practice, enabling him to advise on contractual disputes, directors actions, TUPE provisions, restrictive covenants and related matters.

    He is instructed to appear in the County Court and the High Court in and Matthew advises on and drafts pleadings in tort, contract and negligence matters on all tracks.

    Matthew's attention to detail and ability to digest technical facts has enabled him to work across a number of industries from construction clients to property corporations and sole proprietors advising on all aspects of contract law.

    Recent Cases include

    A Ltd v B Ltd (2018)
    Dispute arising out of obligations contained in a settlement agreement signed by the parties in 2015, relating to the manufacture of specialist machine saws.

    Watch Buyers Ltd v Pre-Owned Watches Ltd (2016)
    Successfully defending a claim against a watch dealership based in Hatton Garden; the case involved allegations of defective title and issues of agency and equitable tracing.

    Hollinshead v Biddulph (t/a Vintage and Prestige) (2017)
    Acting for purchasers of a vintage Rolls-Royce which was allegedly mis-sold and defective in a number of respects.

Recommendations

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]

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

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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