International Women’s Day

Mar, 2022|

Boddy Matthews Solicitors were delighted to host a table for lunch on International Ladies Day at the beautiful Foxhills Club and Resort at the Surrey Chambers event. What a wonderful afternoon it was to celebrate in the presence of so many successful Surrey businesswomen and listen to a fabulous panel of speakers.

Thank you to APTUS Technology!

Dec, 2021|

The team at Boddy Matthews Solicitors would like to say a massive thank you to APTUS Technology for helping us stay hydrated over the Christmas period!

Nick’s Retiring!

Nov, 2021|

Boddy Matthews put on celebrations to mark the retirement of senior commercial consultant solicitor Nick Fieldhouse, who however remains on hand for sharing his expertise in over 35 years in the legal industry. Nick has been an invaluable asset as part of the Corporate and Commercial team and is a noted key lawyer in the 2022 Legal 500. The Boddy Matthews team enjoyed lunch followed by a delicious themed cake.

Selborne Chambers Annual Litigation Conference, 6 October 2021

Nov, 2021|

Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews Solicitors was delighted to attend the Annual Litigation Conference 2021 of Selbourne Chambers, in person. The Conference began with a round-up of recent Supreme Court decisions. Kate then participated in great group workshops on the essential grounds of professional negligence and the recent developments relating to the rule against reflective loss. The event was also a fantastic opportunity to network in person again with the legal fraternity over a couple of glasses of champagne and tasty food!

Boddy Matthews to take part in the London Legal Walk

Sep, 2021|

Boddy Matthews Solicitors are delighted to support the London Legal Support Trust in 2021. The Trust helps to provide pro bono legal advice in London to increase accessibility to all who may need advice on their rights. The Boddy Matthews Team is helping to raise much needed money to support this brilliant cause by taking part in the London Legal Walk in October 2021. The Legal Walk is a 10k walk around the sites of London, where all those in support, together with over 4500 other legal colleagues, will be participating. Please click here to sponsor the Boddy Matthews Team.

Kate Matthews launches EWiF Talk40!

Sep, 2021|

During June, July and August 2021, Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews Solicitors launched EWIFTalk40.  EWIFTalk40 is a remote event, being a fully interactive 40 minute lunch time chat with like-minded EWiF ambassadors to discuss thoughts and experiences. The event sessions follow the content raised by the EWiF #FranchisingStrongerTogether campaign (more information here) generating up to date discussion on issues affecting the franchising industry.


Kate Matthews  says “these type of short inter active sessions focus on a given current franchise topic and are designed to encourage, motivate and stimulate those involved in the franchise world. The aim is to provide support and share relevant experiences with a view to helping women overcome their lack of self-belief, fears and obstacles and grow their business.” Do visit the EWiF website for more information.

Kate Matthews EWIF Double Award Winner! Service Provider and Ambassador of the Year 2021

Sep, 2021|

We are delighted that partner and specialist franchise lawyer, Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews Solicitors was a double award winner at the EWIF Awards 2021. Kate was awarded the highly coveted and prestigious awards in the category of the EWIF Service Provider of the Year 2021 and the category of EWIF Ambassador of the Year 2021. These two awards to Kate are a high accolade to her work and a testament to her dedication and commitment to our franchising clients and in particular the EWIF mission. The Boddy Matthews team is excited to be able to properly celebrate Kate’s success when UK Government lockdown restrictions allow. Boddy Matthews Solicitors would also like to congratulate again all the other finalists and especially the winners in their respective categories.

EWIF South Meeting

Apr, 2021|

As online meetings continue in place of physical meetings, EWIF is delighted to maintain contact with its Ambassadors. Chair of EWIF South, Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews Solicitors hosted another successful online EWIF meeting in April 2021. The meeting attracted diverse professional attendees including franchisors and professional advisors. Louise Bruce from Big Red Box PR and Jim Mclaughlin from the Franchise Protection Company gave fascinating talks as guest speakers. Louise has provided helpful pointers on how to maximise your business opportunities using PR and social media and Jim discussed the importance of franchise business protection insurance. Kate Matthews looks forward to hosting the next Meeting in June 2021 and the return of in person meetings in the Autumn!

Charitable Donations

Mar, 2021|

During these challenging times through 2020 and national lockdown, the world adapted and business tried to continue. This meant challenges for those needing legal services. Helen Boddy and Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews Solicitors during this period provided their legal services for certification of documents and witnessing of signatures free of charge whilst complying with the COVID restrictions and social distancing rules imposed. Collecting donations rather than charge fees for their chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer, lead to a significant sum of £530 being raised. Helen and Kate were delighted to finally be able to present their 2020 charitable donations to East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre designated for their new Summer House project.

Helen and Kate cycled to the East Surrey Macmillan Support Centre to hand over their charitable donations as part of an eco green activity for Boddy Matthews Solicitors in tandem with its corporate social responsibility.

EWIF Awards 2021

Mar, 2021|

Helen Boddy, Kate Matthews, Michal Stein and Olivia Canessa Davies of Boddy Matthews Solicitors enjoyed a lovely evening at the virtual EWIF Awards 2021! The Awards though held virtually, were a great success despite not being able to celebrate in person. The Boddy Matthews team actively seek to encourage, inspire and support gender equality and celebrate fantastic achievements in overcoming obstacles in business environments, and in particular in the field of franchising, one of their specialist practice areas. As you can see, it was not all about business as the team at Boddy Matthews Solicitors had a lot of fun with the virtual photo booth!!

EWIF Award Winner at Caremark Sponsored by Boddy Matthews

Mar, 2021|

Boddy Matthews fully participated in the virtual EWIF Awards ceremony on Thursday evening as sponsors of the EWIF Woman Franchise Employee of the Year 2021. Heartfelt congratulations to Elaine Hamilton of Caremark who won this award for her amazing achievements as employee of the Sutton Franchise. We are very proud to be able to recognise Elaine’s work as sponsors for this employee in franchising, which complements our employment specialism at Boddy Matthews. Well done Elaine!

Kate Matthews – Double EWIF Award Finalist!

Feb, 2021|

Boddy Matthews Solicitors are particularly delighted to announce that Kate Matthews of the firm is a finalist for two highly sought after industry awards of the year 2021, celebrated by Encouraging Women Into Franchising- the EWIF Awards 2021.  Kate is shortlisted as a finalist in the categories of EWIF Service Provider of the Year  2021 sponsored by FranScape and shortlisted as a finalist for the EWIF Ambassador of the Year 2021 sponsored by What Franchise. Boddy Matthews would like to congratulate Kate and all the 2021 EWIF Award Finalists and wish them the best of luck at the upcoming March 2021 Awards.

Boddy Matthews Solicitors – EWIF Awards Sponsor

Feb, 2021|

Boddy Matthews Solicitors are privileged to again be a sponsor for the prestigious Encouraging Women Into Franchising Awards 2021. This year Boddy Matthews Solicitors are the sponsor in a subject matter close to their heart being the employment and the services women offer. We are proud to sponsor the EWIF Woman Franchise Employee of the Year  2021 award. Good luck to all the amazing finalists shortlisted. For information on how to celebrate with us at the online Awards Ceremony on 11 March 2021, please visit the EWIF website!

Online EWIF Regional Meeting

Feb, 2021|

Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews Solicitors chaired yet another successful online meeting for the EWIF South group and was joined by Olivia Canessa Davies of the firm. This was the first EWIF Meeting of 2021 and it was lovely to catch up with familiar faces whilst getting to know a number of new franchise guests. Two bankers specialising in franchising gave insightful talks into the current financial climate and franchisor and franchisee support. It was motivational and uplifting to learn of the emotional and commercial support attendees were giving to each other through this difficult time which is what makes the franchise community so special.

NatWest Future Fit Economic Webinar

Jan, 2021|

Kate found the NatWest Future Fit economic webinar forum to be highly motivational and inspirational. With excellent speakers leaders in their field providing the economic prognosis in light of all factors affecting businesses, including the innovative founder of Cobra beer, Lord Karan Bilimoria, the event was a fantastic start to 2021.

Reigate High Street Festivities

Dec, 2020|

Boddy Matthews joined the other local businesses on Reigate High Street for some festive bell ringing! Kate and Olivia rang a bell on behalf of Boddy Matthews, joining Santa Clause who appeared at the top of the Old Town Hall. The event was a wonderful way to support the local community and spread the Christmas cheer.

Online EWIF Regional Meeting

Nov, 2020|

Online meetings are now the norm during 2020 and lockdowns and there was no exception for the EWIF South meeting for November 2020 which took place over Zoom. Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews Solicitors chaired the meeting. Despite not being able to get together in person, the meeting was a great success. The wide range of attendees included franchisors, franchisees, franchise consultants, legal advisors and bankers specialising in franchising. All participants offered helpful insights into their own business experiences of the pandemic and provided useful advice for others. We look forward to the next meeting in the New Year 2021!

Online EWIF South Region Meeting

Nov, 2020|

Boddy Matthews Solicitors will host the online EWIF South Region meeting as part of their ongoing pro bono and Corporate Social Responsibility activities to encourage, inspire and educate women into the franchise sector. As active Chair of the South Region and Ambassador for EWIF, Kate Matthews invites all those interested to participate and support this not for profit organisation.

BFA Training Seminar

Nov, 2020|

As part of its ongoing training programme online, the BFA held another training seminar for prospective franchisees entering the franchise industry. Kate Matthews specialising in franchise advice of Boddy Matthews Solicitors and a BFA Qualified Franchise Professional provided a stimulating talk on the legal aspects of entering into a Franchise and the likely contractual framework to expect. The BFA Annual Conference 2020 will be online this year on 30 November to 1 December 2020 and should prove an enlightening interactive experience for all attendees.

BFA Training Seminar

Oct, 2020|

Kate Matthews participated in the online BFA seminar training to prospective franchise owners with other fellow professionals in the franchise industry. Kate, a BFA Qualified Franchise Professional and a founding partner specialising in franchise advice at Boddy Matthews Solicitors, provided a training seminar on the key aspects and legalities of becoming a franchise owner. The online seminar discussion was well received.