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Matthew Astley

Associate Solicitor

Employment and Regulatory; Commercial Litigation; Sports

Professional Background:

Matthew joined Harrison Drury in June 2016 and has a multi-disciplinary practice encompassing employment, regulatory, commercial litigation and sports matters. He is the founding head of Harrison Drury’s Sports Sector team.

After graduating at the top of his class with a degree in Law from the University of Central Lancashire, Matthew went on to complete the Bachelor of Civil Law degree at the University of Oxford where he was awarded the Bruce Reynolds Prize for Best Performance by Worcester College.

Matthew was called to the Bar in 2013 by Gray’s Inn having been a Prince of Wales scholar and from 2015-16 he studied the Legal Practice Course part-time at the University of Central Lancashire.

Matthew is able to assist with the full range of employment law issues, from bringing and defending employment tribunal claims to the drafting of employment documents and corporate assistance.  He has a particular interest and experience in dealing with dispute resolution and litigation arising from an employment setting, such as bringing and defending actions for breach of restrictive covenant.

In the sports sphere, Matthew has experience in dispute resolution, including specialist arbitrations and subsequent appeals to the courts, as well as in a wide range of regulatory and disciplinary matters, including in football, cycling and rugby league.

Recent sports work includes Fleetwood Wanderers Ltd (t/a Fleetwood Town Football Club) v AFC Fylde Ltd [2018] EWHC 3318 (Comm) (30 November 2018).

Personal Interests:

In his spare time, Matthew enjoys watching and playing sport, particularly rugby league, which he previously played professionally, coming through the academy ranks at Wigan Warriors before later signing for Leigh Centurions. Latterly, Matthew played for Leigh Miners Rangers in the National Conference League.

Now retired, Matthew remains actively involved in the rugby league community and has been appointed as a Community Game Discipline Panel Member by the Rugby Football League.


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