Employment Archives - MLP Law

Gareth Matthews

Gareth is a Partner in MLP Law’s Employment team and for over 10 years has specialised in employment law, primarily advising businesses and senior individuals. Gareth has significant litigation experience, including experience as an advocate in the Employment Tribunal. Gareth also has considerable experience in advising on the employment issues in corporate mergers and acquisition, including the complexities which arise in TUPE transfers.

Gareth’s sector experience is wide ranging, encompassing advice to clients in the hospitality, retail, construction, healthcare, recruitment and manufacturing industries.

Gareth provides training to clients and organisations on a variety of key employment topics, such as absence management, disciplinary and grievance processes and employment law updates. Gareth also acts as a guest lecturer in employment law at Liverpool Hope University.

Gareth has been described by Legal 500 as someone who is ‘very reassuring and does a great job’ and was named Legal Personality of the Year by Downtown in Business. Gareth has also been quoted as an employment law expert in the Manchester Evening News and The Times and is known for his pragmatic and commercial advice, as well as his ability to quickly understand his clients’ business objectives and tailor his advice accordingly.

Prior to joining MLP Law, Gareth spent a number of years working in the employment teams at two international law firms in Manchester.

Away from work Gareth is a passionate cricket and football fan and enjoys discovering new music. Gareth is also a keen traveller but has had to put his plans to become fluent in a foreign language on hold in favour of spending time with family, particularly his two young sons of whom he is incredibly proud.

Julie Sabba

Julie is an Associate at MLP Law in its Employment team. Julie qualified in Scotland and has developed a broad range of experience, having specialised in employment law since 2003.

Julie principally advises employer clients in a wide variety of sectors, including retail, hospitality, food production, manufacturing and social care. She has extensive experience advising on disciplinary and grievance matters, capability and conduct dismissals and managing both short and long term ill health absences.

Julie also provides her expertise to employers in relation to reorganisations, redundancies and the application of the TUPE regulations.

She has significant experience in negotiating and drafting employment contracts, settlement agreements and HR policy documentation.

In addition, Julie provides advice to senior employees in relation to navigating internal processes and negotiating exit packages.

With a wealth of litigation experience, Julie often appears in the Employment Tribunal, initiating and defending a variety of claims, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Having practiced in Glasgow in a leading commercial law firm for most of her career, Julie moved to Manchester in 2017. In her spare time she also enjoys relaxing with her family and cooking, but with 3 children finding a spare moment is quite rare!

Deborah Scales

Deborah is an experienced Employment and Discrimination lawyer who has had a mixed practice representing both businesses and individuals. She believes this gives her the edge when negotiating with ‘the other side’. Areas of expertise include discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, restraints of trade, TUPE, collective redundancies, employment status and IR35 issues, managing employee conflict, grievance and disciplinary investigations, and negotiating severance packages (on both sides of the fence). With the explosion in remote working, Deborah has been advising businesses on the risks and opportunities of employing workers living in overseas jurisdictions.

Deborah was Called to the Bar in 2007 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2011. She has sat on advisory panels including the EHRC’s panel on Religion & Belief and the Federation of Small Businesses’ Employment Law Policy Committee. She is a member of Lincoln’s Inn Denning Society after being awarded a scholarship in 2005. She joins mlpplus as an Employment Law Partner.

Outside of work, she enjoys following her local pub bands and catching up with her three adult daughters – when they are all in the same country.