Tyr’s employment team is led by partner, Matthew Yates.

Matthew has substantial experience in all aspects of employment law and provides solutions and advice on a range of employment matters, including business restructuring, TUPE and collective consultation, restrictive covenants, managing trade union relations, business acquisitions and disposals, defending all types of Employment Tribunal claims and advising on executive severance (for both companies and individuals).

Matthew has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist employment solicitor advising a wide range of companies, in various sectors and jurisdictions, from PLCs to SMEs as well as senior individuals. Matthew’s experience includes:

  • Acting for ICI in the reported case of Hagen & 440 others v ICI & others.
  • Acting for various national hauliers and logistics businesses in defending all types of tribunal claims and advising on TUPE and other employment issues.
  • Advising on a worldwide restrictive covenant for a well-known entertainer.
  • Advising on potential industrial action which could have resulted in a national fuel strike.

Matthew conducts his own advocacy before the Employment Tribunal and is an experienced training presenter. Matthew has also been described by a Senior Legal Director as “not a flowery lawyer”.

Matthew is also a founding director of Driver First Assist (“DFA”) which is a national road safety initiative capable of significantly reducing the number of deaths on UK roads. DFA is a not-for-profit organisation that has been created with the support of the emergency services and the Department for Transport.

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Tyr and Tyr Law are trading names of Jowett Kennedy Fidler LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales with registration number OC425850 and registered office at 2 The Embankment, Sovereign Street, Leeds, LS1 4BA. A list of members is available at the registered office. Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with SRA ID 656843. Our professional rules may be accessed at https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/standards-regulations.

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