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Team

We are really proud of our team.

We have brought together individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds, who all believe in our firm's approach to work and have a strong desire to help our clients achieve their goals. Our lawyers are commercially focussed with an in depth understanding of the industries in which they operate including IP law, IT and technology, commercial law and employment law.

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Employment & HR

Anthony Purvis

Head of Employment Law

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Anthony Purvis

Head of Employment Law

  • Ex-Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang)

Anthony joined Waterfront Solicitors in March 2012 and specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. He was promoted to partner in April 2017.

He offers succinct and practical advice to both businesses and individuals on various issues including redundancies, unfair and wrongful dismissals claims, unlawful discrimination, grievance and disciplinary procedures, TUPE, staff handbooks, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants and their enforcement, settlement agreements and the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations or sales.  His recent work includes:

  • Advising the high street retailer, H&M, on HR issues and litigation.
  • Defending a claim for injunctive relief and breach of contract in the High Court.
  • Advising a US company on the restructure of its UK workforce.
  • Conducting the defence of a race discrimination claim.
  • Representing the CEO of a restaurant chain in their claim of unfair dismissal.

His clients include both employees and employers across a wide range of business sectors.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing Scrabble.

After completing the Bar Vocational Course, Anthony trained as a solicitor at Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang) and qualified in 2008.  He joined Waterfront Solicitors in 2012 and was promoted to Head of Employment in 2015.

Anthony is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

The atmosphere and way of doing things here is very refreshing when compared to some of the larger firms.

Why did you choose to specialise in employment law?

It’s all about balancing the commercial interests of a business with the rights and feelings of an individual, which makes it really interesting.

What’s the most common legal mistake businesses make?

Not taking advice first.  A five minute call with a lawyer can prevent a very costly mistake.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

When the result exceeds the client’s expectations.

 

 

 

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Matthew Hodson

Specialises in Employment & HR Law

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Matthew Hodson

Specialises in Employment & HR Law

 

Matthew is an experienced litigator specialising in employment law. He advises organisations and individuals on all aspects of employment law and human resources strategy. He deals with various issues including redundancies, unfair and wrongful dismissals claims, discrimination, whistleblowing TUPE, restrictive covenants and settlement agreements.  His recent work includes:

  • Successfully representing a senior manager in a discrimination and sexual harassment claim;
  • Successfully defending two senior hotel managers against allegations they had set up competing businesses and breached their fiduciary duties;
  • Successfully representing a senior hospital manager in his claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination against a NHS trust;
  • Successfully representing an investment banker in claims for unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.

Matthew represent clients across a wide range of business sectors as well as dealing with matters concerning public bodies (NHS, police and teachers).  In his spare time, he enjoys playing football and tennis.

Matthew has been working in employment law since 2011. He commenced his career at a boutique law firm advising large employers on everyday HR issues. He then moved to a local high street firm representing individuals and businesses in all areas of employment law and civil litigation. Matthew trained in the City with Levenes Employment gaining further experience representing both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law. He qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and joined Waterfront Solicitors as an associate in April 2016. 

Matthew is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.

What would you say has been your career highlight to date?

I represented a group of care workers in a claim for breach of contact against their employer. The claim involved complex legal arguments and by the time the employees came to us, they had already received advice from two law firms that their claims had very little chance of winning.  It did take a lot of hard work, research and late nights but we got the result we were after”.  

What’s the most common legal mistake businesses make?

There are quite a few.  The most common one I experience is miscalculating an employee’s notice and statutory redundancy pay which can lead to unnecessary disputes

What’s the best piece of legal advice you’ve ever heard?

Never write down anything you wouldn’t want read in court.

What inspired you to become a solicitor?

I wanted a job which is stimulating, diverse and one where I could help people.  Being a solicitor ticked all the boxes. 

What piece of tech could you not live without?

In a literal sense, my bike lights. 

 

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Matthew Akehurst

Associate

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Matthew Akehurst

Associate

 

Matthew joined Waterfront in 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor, and qualified in 2018 - specialising in corporate law and intellectual law.

Matthew has worked primarily on an ad-hoc basis for our Corporate team dealing with the various investments and other matters. Matthew also works with the Commercial, Employment and Intellectual Property teams and has gained experience working on a broad range of matters.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

I wanted to work in a niche environment where I could combine my passion for technology and my passion for law. Straight away, Waterfront stood out to me; not least because Waterfront were one of the first niche IP/IT law firms to be established, but because of the firm’s genuine belief to interact closely with clients and always surpass their expectations. Waterfront was always the obvious choice.

What do you like about working for Waterfront?

The team here are so knowledgeable and affable that I learn something new and valuable every day that I work for Waterfront – an easy winner on why working here is so enjoyable.

If you hadn’t become a solicitor what career would you have liked to pursue?

I would like to think that if I hadn’t had pursued a career in law, I would have gone on to become a young successful entrepreneur…more realistically, I think I would have pursued a career in Science.

Whom do you most admire in the world of tech?

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla. Always striving to achieve more - and with every achievement, comes the start of a bigger and braver task.

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Thalya Merican

Trainee Solicitor

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Thalya Merican

Trainee Solicitor

 

Thalya joined Waterfront in February 2018 as a Trainee Solicitor and works across all departments.

Thalya is a graduate of King’s College London and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Prior to joining Waterfront, she spent two years in-house at an international video games publishing company.

What do you like about working for Waterfront?

The partners and teams are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their clients and areas of practice which is inspiring. It is also a close-knit firm with a great sense of humour. A supportive environment with interesting clients makes working at Waterfront very enjoyable.

What do you like about being part of a team?

I like the collaboration and contribution between people of different experiences and knowledge in pursuit of a common goal. At Waterfront this is a core value that translates into ensuring that clients always feel that we are part of their team on any given project, and that as a firm, departments work together so that we can offer a full range of tailored services to our clients.

If you hadn’t become a solicitor what career would you have liked to pursue?

Something in the arts, I think…a graphic designer perhaps?

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Charlotte Lang

Paralegal

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Charlotte Lang

Paralegal

Charlotte is a graduate of Sussex University and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Prior to joining Waterfront, she spent over two years in-house at a start-up tech company.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

I was interested in working at Waterfront as I am very passionate about the areas of law that Waterfront specialise in, especially commercial and IP. After meeting the partners during the interview process I knew I wanted to work at Waterfront as part of a friendly, supportive and knowledgeable team.

What do you like about being part of a team?

Being part of a team is great as you can learn from others and also share your own knowledge. If you have any problems then you have a support network to help you and when you complete a successful piece of work you can celebrate with your team, which is more fun than celebrating on your own!

If you hadn’t become a solicitor what career would you have like to pursue?

I loved studying History at school, so much that I nearly did a History degree. If I had I may have become a History teacher.

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