Matthew Hodson

Matthew Hodson

  • Called in 2004

Employment

Matt regularly appears in the employment tribunals and the EAT on a range of matters but he is particularly interested in discrimination cases and has recently advised and appeared in several disability, pregnancy, sex and sexual harassment cases. He acts for both employees and employers.

Recently Matt has been called upon more and more often to advise employers at an earlier stage before any action has been taken, when problems are faced in the workplace. Matt is happy to assist on this basis and to give advice on proper procedure for HR purposes.

Matt has developed a strong High Court practice in employee competition law, appearing and advising in numerous cases. He has represented employees and employers and has appeared both at trial and at interim injunctions in the High Court.

His recent experience includes:

  • Advising and appearing in numerous High Court injunctions and trials relating to the enforceability of covenants restricting competition by ex-employees.
  • Claims involving allegations of sexual harassment by senior male managers against junior female employees.
  • A claim of race discrimination by an area manager who was dismissed in circumstances where the employer claimed there were performance and conduct issues.
  • A pregnancy discrimination claim by an employee whose business moved to a new location during her maternity leave and who was not kept properly informed of developments.
  • A disability discrimination claim by a senior employee of a marketing agency who pushed her to work too hard on return after going to into remission following bowel cancer.
  • A whistleblowing and disability discrimination claim by a senior custody officer against a provider of security services.
  • A claim of sex and race discrimination by two employees of a foreign state that relied upon state immunity as a defence.
  • A claim of disability discrimination following long term bullying by a manager.
  • Unfair dismissal and redundancy claims.

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Notable Cases


Countrywide Estate Agents v Turner (2014) UKEAT/0208/13/LA; 2014 WL 4250036; LTL 8/9/2014
Appeal before the EAT to determine the correct basis of compensatory and contractual damages following unfair dismissal.

Indigo Design Build & Management Ltd & B Tank v Marie Martinez (2014) UKEAT/0020/14/DM; 2014 WL 4423177; LTL 11/9/14
Appeal before the EAT to determine the correct "reason why" legal test for direct pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Kloosman v Aylen & Others [2013] EWHC 435 (Ch); [2013] W.T.L.R. 673; [2014] W.T.L.R. 77
High Court trial concerning inter vivos gifts and the presumption against double portions.

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Mayhook v National Car Parks; Nigel Barrington-Fuller (2012) LTL 20/3/2013
A claim initially for an injunction for return of a vehicle towed from a car park, then for damages arising from loss of use. Issues included: conversion; Arthur v Anker; incorporation; construction; fairness of terms and penalty charges.

A Retailer v Ms. B & Ms. K (2012) LTL 3/9/12
Acted for the defendants defeating this civil recovery claim by a major high street retailer against two shoplifters for administrative and staff costs alleged to be due following their apprehension by security staff.

Tim Russ & Co v Robertson & Ors (2011) EWHC 3470
Acted for the claimant estate agent in a three day High Court trial seeking to enforce employment covenants restricting competition.

Customer Systems Plc v Ranson & Others (2011) EWHC 3304
Three week High Court trial resisting claims of breach of restrictive covenant and breach of fiduciary duties. The Claimant, a high end IT consultancy, sought damages of half a million pounds.

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If you would like to instruct Matthew Hodson or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

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Appointments & Memberships


  • Chairman of the Tribunal of Travelling Showmen

Education & Qualifications


  • Mathematics, University College London
  • Winchester College

Personal Interests


In his spare time Matt is often to be found up in the mountains walking and scrambling. He is a qualified mountain leader and has led expeditions to the Amazon (2011) and the Himalayas (2014) with the British Exploring Society. He has also completed the Coast to Coast, Pennine Way, Cape Wrath Trail, GR20 across Corsica and the GR5 from Geneva to Nice.

Matt also enjoys playing football, tennis and parkour.