Matthew Jackson (2011)


Matthew Jackson was called to the Bar in October 2011. He accepts instructions to advise and appear in a number of areas including crime, employment & discrimination, housing, civil, public and administrative law.

Practice Areas


Matthew regularly appears in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts both prosecuting and defending, including multi-day hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and serious crime in the Youth Court. He often defends individuals and companies in traffic matters, as well as representing clients in all criminal matters.
“The Court staff and the defence have all said how well he conducted the case, how well he managed it…and how good he was with the witnesses.”

Employment & Discrimination

Before joining chambers, Matthew worked as a litigator in two law firms in a wide variety of employment (both civil and tribunal cases), and discrimination matters. As well as appearing regularly in the Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunals, Matthew has worked on education and service provision discrimination cases in the First-tier Tribunal and County Court. Matthew also has experience with injunction and judicial review (for public sector employers) cases in the employment sphere.
As well as representing clients in multi-day discrimination, TUPE, whistleblowing and equal pay cases, Matthew also has extensive appeal experience including:
  • Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Knight [2014] IRLR 605 (determination of employment status in national insurance fund cases)
  • Kelly v Fylde Community Link UKEAT/04442/12; [2013] All ER (D) 188 (Aug) (was dismissal of an employee for some other substantial reason?)
  • Audere Medical Services v Sanderson UKEAT/0409/12; [213] All ER (D) 124 (Sep) (whether an employee was dismissed for having made protected disclosures and the proper calculation of compensation in whistleblowing cases)
  • Vernon v Azure Support Services & Others UKEAT/0192/13;[2014] All ER (D) 11 (Dec) (interaction between TUPE and Equality Act 2010 in respect of transfer of liability for pre-transfer discrimination and correct start date for limitation.
  • Jamu v Asda Stores Ltd & Others UKEAT/0221/15 (interpretation of Equality Act 2010 in light of the various discrimination directives. Whether “associative discrimination” is a valid claim. Construction of litigant in person’s pleadings. Whether there was a case before the Employment Tribunal and correct consideration of evidence).
  • Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd v Patel UKEAT/0348/15/DM (whether a contractual appeal with no express right for the employer to revive the contract implicitly has such a right. Permission to appeal has been granted by the Court of Appeal). 

Civil & Housing

Before joining chambers Matthew was previously a litigator in general contract and tort claims. He has worked, before and after joining chambers, in a number of differing areas including:
  •  Professional negligence including latent damage;
  • Consumer contract claims;
  • Leasehold service charge, land registry alteration, rent lawfully due, eviction and disrepair cases both in the civil courts and the First-tier Tribunal;
  • Advice on claim with several hundred parties relating to the purchase of properties off plan abroad dealing with conflicts of law and consumer/banking law issues.
  • Numerous Landlord and Tenant cases, in particular the right to manage and challenges to service charges.

Public & Administrative Law

Matthew has experience of a number of different areas of public and administrative law. These include “traditional” judicial review claims, as well as matters before the administrative chambers of the First-tier Tribunal. His cases include:

  • JS v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2014] UKUT 36 (AAC); [2014] AACR 26
  • AG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions CE/1107/2013


Matthew accepts instructions on behalf of all parties in Children Act 1989 matters, covering both public and private law proceedings. He also regularly attends the Family Court in relation to applications under Part IV Family Law Act 1996.

Qualifications & Awards

  • LLB (Hons), University of Reading

Professional Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Industrial Law Society
  • Employment Lawyers Association