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‘Members here are consistently instructed in some of the most complex and significant cases, and are viewed as embodying all-round quality from top to bottom.’Chambers and Partners 2014
Mathew Purchase

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Mathew Purchase’s practice includes all aspects of employment law, discrimination law, public law and human rights and civil liberties. He is on the Attorney General’s B Panel and is a member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit and ELAAS. He is recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, which have described him as: ‘extremely intelligent’, ‘just superb – smooth, engaging and perfectly pitched’, and as someone who ‘always does excellent work’.

Mathew has broad experience in public law and human rights, including community care, education, housing and civil actions against the police, from early advisory work to judicial review. Mathew has a strong interest in all aspects of education law and acts for parents/children, local authorities and schools at all levels. He has appeared in a number of judicial review claims; recent cases include R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (QBD, employment tribunal fees), R (Care North East Northumberland) v Northumberland County Council (CA, care home fees), R (Davis) v West Sussex Council (QBD, safeguarding of vulnerable adults), and R (Green) v Gloucestershire County Council (QBD, libraries closures).

Mathew has a busy and varied employment law practice, acting for individual claimants, employers, and trade unions. He regularly appears before the Employment Appeal Tribunal and has made several appearances before the Court of Appeal, generally unled. Significant cases include Kemeh v Ministry of Defence (CA, agency), Eweida v British Airways (CA, religious discrimination), Igen v Wong (CA, burden of proof in discrimination claims).

He regularly gives talks and seminars on a number of matters, including discrimination, employment and education issues.

Mathew accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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