Helen is a top ranking/ Band 1 lawyer for Employment has been rated by the key legal directories as a leader in her field since 2009


“My main point of contact is Helen Boddy. I can share that she is a very competent legal adviser. We have been working with her and her company for quite some time now and I have always felt comfortable with her quality of work. She is very responsive, very customer driven, very efficient and always provides various perspectives in legal matters to be handled. She keeps her client informed and engaged throughout the course of a legal matter up until it’s successfully closed.’

‘Helen is extremely customer-focused and really understands the customer’s needs. She is considered but responsive and comes up with the right legal advice for the situation. She is a valued collaborator who I have worked with for over 15 years because of her consistency, availability and spot on advice.’

‘Helen Boddy of Boddy Matthews assisted me in a particularly difficult grievance process with a long-term employer. Helen Boddy very quickly but nevertheless meticulously assessed what was a complex situation. She then provided honest and at times very frank advice, which looking back was precisely what was needed. Helen showed exceptional foresight as to how events would most likely play out, allowing us to implement two parallel strategies, to cover differing eventualities. I was at all times very well briefed on likely scenarios and therefore knew precisely how to respond. The final outcome achieved was far beyond my initial expectations.

‘Helen Boddy attended an individual meeting along with us and brought a positively influential dimension to the process.’”

Legal 500 UK 2022 – Testimonials


“Department Head Helen Boddy is praised as a ‘very competent legal adviser‘”

Helen Boddy ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 United Kingdom 2022’s elite “Leading lawyers” list.


“Many thanks for your counsel and guidance through this process – I have greatly appreciated it and I am very pleased with the outcome.”

Group Communications Director, global corporate provider of testing services – October 2021


“Glad to have found you when I did. Thank you for such a swift, professional service.”

Sales Executive, luxury car dealer group – August 2021


“Thank you to Michal and yourself for all of your excellent support through the last few weeks. For sure it has been a challenging few months for me, and I appreciate your frank and honest guidance in order to untangle me from XX”

European Sales Manager, Chemical manufacturing company – June 2021


“There were times when I thought I would never find a route out of the situation I was in, and I feared that it could easily all go so badly wrong, but thanks to your amazing guidance (sometimes quite tough advice), you helped me get through it and most importantly to get out from XX. For this, I am so very grateful.

So finally, just to say once again, thank you for all your fantastic guidance and such sound advice. The outcome has been better than I could have ever imagined.”

Chief Operations Officer, Construction sector – June 2021


“It’s been an emotional couple of weeks and I’m glad I’ve had your wise counsel!”

Vice President – Finance Operations, Major Airline – May 2021


“I would like to thank both yourself and Helen for all your support and professionalism throughout this stressful long road. Having your guidance and support enabled me to keep pursuing and realise there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

I feel such a great sense of relief and will now celebrate Will recommend your company 200% to all at any time.”

Sales Director, National Food Service Distributor – May 2021


“Many thanks again for everything you and Helen have done for me. You have supported me throughout it all and it has been a relief having you by my side. As an individual dealing with [large corporate] it could of been very intimidating as there was such an inequality of bargaining power, but you and Helen levelled that gap, and that is such a powerful thing.”

Senior Warehouse Professional, Multinational Drinks Company – May 2021


“Once again, thank you and Helen for your support in this process. As always, flawless execution and valuable partnering!”

Senior HR Business Partner, Fortune 500 Company – March 2021


“Thank you again for all your help. It was/is a dark time but made much easier with your support.”

Senior Benefit Consultant, Employee Benefit Consultancy – March 2021


“I wanted to take a moment and thank you on both XX, and my behalf. Your assistance in this matter was essential and we could not have navigated this without you.”

US Attorney – March 2021


Thank you for the marvellous news regarding the response from XX. I am pleased yet again of the outcome, thanks to your help and expertise.”

Mortuary Manager, NHS Trust – March 2021


Thank you so much for all of your help through this. I knew I was in a safe pair of hands from the start and it took a lot of the stress out of the situation.”

Senior Executive – Leading Brewer Company – January 2021


“Helen is always responsive and looks at all angles when providing advice. She is equally as comfortable providing advice on a TUPE to a difficult dismissal and is able to provide comprehensive advice which supports the business in their decisions.

Helen Boddy was outstanding in the way she advised using a common sense approach underpinned by superb technical know-how and a real world practicality towards achieving a solution. Helen was quick to pick up on the core of the issues and delivered her advice very efficiently, nothing was too much trouble – a real star in the employment law area and I would not hesitate to recommend her.

Founding partner Helen Boddy assists corporate clients of various sizes with reorganisation and employment relations. She also acts for senior executives on contracts and exits.

She is a strong and balanced lawyer. Her strengths are her knowledge in the field and her ability to find the best solutions.”

Chambers UK Legal Directory 2021 – Individual Rank – The South – Band 1


“Helen Boddy garners high praise for her ‘superb technical know-how’ and her client-focused approach.”

Helen Boddy ranked as a Leading Individual in the elite “Leading lawyers” list. This is the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021’s guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.


“Helen is an amazing employment law specialist who I can highly recommend.”

Business owner, Recruitment – December 2020


“Thank you for all your help recently – I’ve found you and Helen to be honest, helpful and sympathetic, and it has made a difficult process easier. I’d be happy to recommend you, and indeed use you in the future.”

Head of Fuels, Energy sector – November 2020


“Our sincere thanks to you and to Michal for all your excellent advice and support over these last few months; we would certainly not have achieved such an outcome without you.”

Chief Operations Officer, Construction sector – November 2020


“Great service by the way, perhaps I should have called you 1st!!!!”

Production Director, Construction sector – September 2020


“Thanks once again for all you help with this, you have been brilliant.”

Stud Groom, leading stud farm – September 2020


“Your assistance throughout this acquisition process is greatly appreciated and I will be sure to keep your contact and recommend your services to other Israeli lawyers.”

General Counsel in multimedia communications sector – July 2020


“Completely brilliant. Completely pragmatic and realistic. First employment lawyer I have used and I think you are great.”

Business Owner – June 2020


“..you always very kindly respond to my ‘urgent’ enquiries in a very timely manner!”

CEO Construction Company – April 2020


“I don’t very often have clients with legal requirements but I wouldn’t hesitate to point them in your direction as you’ve always been lovely to deal with.”

Director of Accountancy practice – January 2020


  • ‘Boddy Matthews is a small firm which stands out for the excellence of its people; Helen Boddy and Harriet Hutchinson. Particularly notable were their abilities to quickly grasp all elements of a complex matter and to take a pragmatic view of what next steps to take.’
  • ‘I received good, practical advice.  The team takes time to understand a client’s organisation and to tailor advice accordingly.’
  • ‘Helen Boddy is great at communicating clearly, cutting through a maze of facts and putting across the salient points. She is a great negotiator and clearly has a lot of experience in this area – all of which resulted in a settlement far in excess of what I originally thought. Moreover she gave me a great deal of moral support through what was a very stressful experience.’
  • ‘Both Helen Boddy and Kate Matthews go out of their way to fit around their clients’ time requirements.  They are extremely flexible and their advice is of a high quality, and pragmatic. They are both extremely easy to work with.’ 
  • ‘Helen Boddy is an excellent employment lawyer; she looks at cases from a pragmatic as well as professional angle, resulting in helpful and comprehensive advice to the client. I have referred individuals to her for employment advice.’ 

Founding partner Helen Boddy assists corporate clients of various sizes with reorganisation and employment relations. She also acts for senior executives on contracts and exits. A client reports: “Not only did she brilliantly negotiate a settlement far in excess of what I had hoped for, but also provided me with much-needed moral support during an intensely stressful period.”

Chambers UK Legal Directory 2020 – Individual Rank – The South – Band 1


“Helen Boddy, who heads the practice, ‘stands out for her excellent work'”

Leading Individual in the elite “Leading lawyers” Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020


“Thank you for all your help which, as ever, has been great!”

Business owner – December 2019


“As I have before, I will recommend you to anyone I know who needs some legal expertise.”

Senior HR Business Partner, Insurance sector – December 2019


“I would like to express my appreciation of your extremely prompt and efficient response in dealing with this matter. It was a pleasure to experience such a professional service.”

Company Secretary, Building Services Consultants – October 2019


“Thank you so much for all your help getting this finalised not something I would have been able to do without your very wise advice and fantastic knowledge of employment law.  Very many thanks indeed for all you tremendous help and support.”

Head of Compliance, merchant bank – September 2019


“This is very helpful and easy to understand – thank you.”

CEO Leading domiciliary care provider – September 2019


“You came highly recommended and I can understand why. Your professionalism and support has been amazing.”

Stud Manager – August 2019


“Just to say once again, thank you very much for your help, guidance and perseverance over the last few weeks. You certainly made a very daunting task much more manageable. In the politest way, I hope that our paths don’t cross again but should I need some help or hear of a colleague that does, I would not hesitate to call on your services again.”

High profile sports team physiotherapist – June 2019


“Thank you so much for this, I feel that it hits exactly the right note.”

Managing Director of secretarial and corporate services company – June 2019


“Thank you for your succinct advice, it seemed to do the trick!”

Managing Director of signwriting and manufacturing company – June 2019


“Thank you again for your help in this matter.  I want to be a good employer and do things the right way and you gave me the confidence to stick to my guns!”

Director of Accountancy practice – May 2019


“Many thanks for your excellent report. Very much appreciate your incisive view.”

Managing Director of signwriting and manufacturing company – May 2019


“You did a fantastic job for both of us.”

Professional services employees – April 2019


“The firm is very approachable and friendly with deep and extensive employment law knowledge. In all my conversations with the firm I was always impressed with their absolute focus on their duty of care to their client, their strong sense of teamwork and a culture of openness and trust that permeated through all their dealings with me.”

Head of Compliance at insurance company – January 2019


“Thanks, Helen, for listening and the pointers you gave me – it was very helpful for me to have someone to talk this out with.”

Chair of Trustees of charity – January 2019


Founding partner Helen Boddy is praised by clients, who note: “She clearly has a very good knowledge of employment law, and good communication skills.”

Her experience covers all issues from recruitment and TUPE to business structure advice. She is also highlighted for her handling of discrimination claims in Employment Tribunal.

Chambers UK Legal Directory 2019 – Individual Rank – The South – Band 2


“Thank you both for all your help and support over the year. I don’t know how we would have coped without it.”

Family members of vulnerable client – December 2018


“I just wanted to reach out and say Thank you again for all of your help with my case that was truly one of the worst periods of my working career and you and Harriet helped me through it tremendously and I’ll forever be grateful!! Hoping you are well and business is good.”

Employee in technical services company – November 2018


Helen Boddy is ‘rigorous and authoritative’ in her handling of difficult employment cases including TUPE issues.

Legal 500 Legal Directory 2018


“I think the conclusion was a bit better than satisfactory – absolutely marvellous in fact!

Director, International IT Company – October 2018


“I can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve given me – I’m really, really happy about this.”

Director, International IT Company – October 2018


“I have been given your details as the “wise counsellor” on all matters HR related.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees, – leading health education institution September 2018


“Looks like you have played a blinder!”

VP Planning, global leading company in premium lifestyle products – July 2018


“Thank you so much for this comprehensive response. I feel much more in control of the situation as a result.”

“Once again, many thanks for your clear guidance and advice.”

Programmes Director, voluntary sector charity – June 2018


“Thank you both again for your much valued advice and support.”

Business angel and entrepreneur – June 2018


“Many thanks for all your efforts on this, very happy with the outcome.”

Underwriter, of a top 10 insurers in the Lloyd’s insurance market – June 2018


“We cannot thank you enough for all you have done for XX and the support/advice you have given us as a family.”

Family business owner – May 2018


“Brilliant news, thank you for all your help and going the extra mile on this.

It feels quite a relief, a really good result and I am certainly looking forward to putting it all behind me.”

IT Information Management System Manager, global technology solutions in defence, security and transportation – May 2018


“Thanks again for all your hard work. It was comforting to know that we had expertise on our side when I was completely out of my depth!”

Owner/ Manager of Education services provider – March 2018


“Glad that we got there in the end and thanks again for your valued help in navigating through the murky world of settlement agreements. It’s been an experience but I could do without being exposed to terms like ‘PILON’ again!!! Seriously though we do appreciate your help and support in getting to a good result in the end.”

Environmental Strategist & Manager – March 2018


“You’re always front of mind if anyone asks for assistance.”

Freelance Marketing & Corporate Communications – January 2018


Clients value the “fantastic collaboration” they have experienced with Helen Boddy. Interviewees say she “delivers in a very personable manner. Her excellent technical knowledge is applied well in the context of the commercial environment, which enables good decision-making. She creates a high level of trust.” Her wide-ranging employment expertise covers restructurings, redundancy programmes and TUPE.

Chambers 2018 – Individual Rank – The South – Employment Band 2


“I appreciate your expert view as ever”

Senior Underwriter, Lloyds Insurance and Reinsurance Specialist – December 2017


“I’ve been very impressed with your work and wish I had contacted you earlier in the whole process.”

Director, Multinational information Technology Company – December 2017


“You did a good job for me.”

Senior Executive, Major insurance company – November 2017


“I should have contacted you earlier to say how much I appreciated your help and guidance leading to a successful outcome.”

Office Manager, chain of Estate Agents – November 2017


“Boddy Matthews Limited fields a ‘professional and thorough’ practice in Reigate that provides ‘excellent client service’.”

Helen ‘is precise and practical in her advice’

Legal 500 2017


“Boddy Matthews provided great service, executing a strategy that led to the desired outcome. Highly recommended.”

Commercial Business Analyst – American multinational corporation producing consumer products – October 2017


“It seemed like an obvious solution to recommend you after the way that you have assisted us.”

Director, Agricultural merchants/ specialist animal feeds manufacturers and suppliers – September 2017


“I’m so pleased and happy!! No problem on the invoice – absolutely well deserved as I couldn’t have done it without you and I’m just happy it worked out this well after you took the risk to help me on this basis. Thank you again for all of your hard work and help, it really is appreciated!”

Sales Executive,  Large technical services provider company – July 2017


“Thank you for your help in this matter, and for making things simple and painless!”

Senior Executive, leading consulting, technology and outsourcing company – June 2017


“Thank you very much for your help and support in achieving a much improved outcome.”

Senior Principal, Global payments and a technology company – June 2017


“I am always referring you as you know. I am as always delighted with your support.”

Chief Commercial Officer, major travel company – May 2017


“Thank you very much for all of your help thus far which has been great.”

International Business Communications Consultant – April 2017


“Thank you for being so clear with your instructions.”

Officer Manager, Pipe and Valve manufacturer and supplier company – April 2017


“Your support is most appreciated; we would have no hesitation in enlisting your services when the opportunity next arises”

Director, Independent Insurance Brokers and Financial Advisers – March 2017


 “Thank you for getting back to us on a Saturday and indeed being available on Sunday. It is very much appreciated.”

Partner, Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents – February 2017


Employment – The South – Boddy Matthews is a ‘Noted Firm’ and Helen is ranked as a leading individual.
Helen Boddy of Boddy Matthews “is very clear when giving instructions – she thinks through the implications carefully and explains the options in layman’s terms.”

Chambers 2017


“Thank you for your diligent service and wisdoms, which have helped me a lot!”

Senior Executive, Insurance Company – November 2016


“Thanks for the great service I have received this year, both as an individual and with my business partners.”

Business Owner – Underwriters– November 2016


“Many thanks for this and for your efficient and helpful advice through this settlement process. I think it is a positive outcome and want to thank you for your expert advise throughout.”

Senior Executive, Insurance Company – November 2016


“Really great service. I realise it was only a small ‘case’, but none the less I felt like you treated and respected it as an important case for me, which was refreshing.”

BD Manager in Retail sector – September 2016


“Helen proved to be both highly experienced and knowledgeable in the area of redundancy and proactively managed regular updates between both my previous employer and myself. Unlike other larger legal firms, engaging with Boddy Matthews was more of a positive and personal experience, where I felt the team listened carefully to my needs and acted accordingly to secure a positive outcome. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Boddy Matthews to anyone needing help and guidance with employment law.”

Senior Executive in Technology sector – August 2016


“I would like to express my thanks in the way you have handled my case to date. Your professionalism and quality of communication is excellent. And most importantly you have restored my self confidence as for many months I thought I was going mad and perhaps it was an issue with me rather than the situation I was faced with.”

Senior Manager in Retail sector – August 2016


“Thank you both for all you help and guidance over the years – from the start at Shadbolt and then via S&B to Boddy Matthews. Your advice has always been invaluable to me and has helped us through one or two fairly tricky (to me!) situations.”

Company Secretary, Agricultural merchants and animal feed manufacturers and suppliers – June 2016


“You’ve been great – thanks so much for looking after me. Thank you for everything you have done for me. It was a pleasure working with you.”

Senior Executive, Insurance company – June 2016


“I just wanted to say thank you for looking after my interests over the last few months. I am really pleased that I now have complete closure and having you there along the way helped me at every stage and I know that I would not have been able to achieve completely the same result. I have really appreciated what you have done for me.”

Senior Executive, Insurance company – June 2016


“She has told me you were incredibly responsive and helpful so she was very happy”

Brother of individual employee exiting after long service – June 2016


“Many thanks again for all your clear advice which helped steer us through this. I still can’t quite believe things didn’t go any further.”

Manager, refrigeration and air conditioning organisation – May 2016


“Appreciate your sage advice.”

CFO, global food safety and quality company – April 2016


“Thanks Helen. Just ideal.”

Group Finance Director, project management and engineering company – April 2016


“Thank you so much for your time yesterday. I always know that I will get a precise and definitive answer from you and that you won’t try to ‘wing it! Thanks again, it is really appreciated”.

Senior HR Professional – April 2016


“Delighted with the outcome and many thanks again for all your help in navigating the obstacles!”

European Legal Counsel, major insurance company – April 2016


“X called this morning. He told me that the had a very positive meeting with Human Resources this morning. X said that he’d be in touch but was thrilled with this result.”

Senior Underwriting Manager, major insurance company – April 2016


“I feel in safe hands!”

Marketing Communications Manager, major insurance company – April 2016


“Again I thank you for your advice and assistance, it really helped to have your guidance in an area new to me. I would have no problem recommending you, as Clare did to me, and will be in touch if I need any further advice. “…. thank you for your very prompt service. Saw xxx and yyy last week and both were singing your praises too!!!! Many thanks again for everything.”

COO, blue chip insurance company – February 2016


“Thank you for today – it was extremely helpful…..You were just what I needed – so thank you.

Shareholder and Director of Financial advisory and wealth management company – January 2016


Thank you very much for sending through that comprehensive write up, we really appreciate it.

Office Manager, Architectural practice – January 2016


Boddy Matthews is noted in Chambers 2016 Legal Directory as a firm “active and accomplished” in Employment law.

Chambers 2016


“Thanks for all your due diligence, you were a total comfort to me during this process.”

Senior Executive, News Agency and publishers – December 2015


Clients point to her “calming influence” and “detailed knowledge as well as good commercial understanding”

Chambers 2015


“Thank you very much for your comprehensive reply that is very helpful and I appreciate getting it before I meet with [X]”

Managing Director, construction company – November 2015


“Your comments helpful as ever.”

MD and COO, asset management company – November 2015


“Well done. We could do with skill like that in our contract department.”

Finance Director – project management and engineering company – September 2015


“I could not have put it better myself, may be not so polite as you.”

Business Manager, Entertainment Events – July 2015


“Thank you for taking the time to reply with such a comprehensive answer, I really appreciate it and wish I’d taken legal advice earlier…….I will trust your judgment.”

Team Leader for leading TEFL provider – July 2015


“This is perfect. Thank you and my lesson is I should have left you to deal with this in the first place!”

Chief Executive Officer, catering company – July 2015


“Thanks Helen, Beautifully worded as usual”

Production and Product Supply Director, leading spirits business – June 2015


“Thanks very much for turning this around so quickly (I note the date and time!)”

Managing Director, construction company – May 2015


“Thank you, and many thanks to yourself and Harriet for your great work, and making things simple for me.”

Owner Manager of SME – January 2015


“Sadly, I shan’t be popping champagne corks with you on Friday. [Boddy Matthews] have bested my swordsmen……they won, I lost. (I tip my hat to thee [Boddy Matthews client]”

The opposition! December 2014


“Thank you for doing a great job with the team”

HR Manager, R&D Company – October 2014


“Helen provided sound, professional & practical advice in a concise & easy to follow style. She was always prompt with her responses & provided the confidence to obtain a fair result in a difficult situation. I would not hesitate to recommend her or her company to others”

Manager, Financial Services – October 2014


“Gosh! Thank you for this. Very helpful”

HR Consultant – October 2014


“Thanks Helen, nice, clear advice – as always”

CEO, project management and engineering company – October 2014


Helen Boddy of Boddy Matthews is well regarded in the market and covers a broad range of issues, such as hiring and firing, employee relations, restructuring, outsourcing and restraint of trade. Clients describe her as being “considered, methodical and very approachable.”

Chambers 2014


“This is excellent work – thank you.”

Non Executive Director, convenience food manufacturer – September 2014


“Many thanks for clarifying Helen – you have explained everything I need.”

Financial Controller, UK and international provider of home care services – September 2014


“Many thanks for taking the time to reply to set out the options open to us in such a clear and concise way.”

Director, domiciliary care franchise – May 2014


“Brilliant, thanks Helen.”

RFC Facilities Manager – May 2014


“It is very reassuring for XXX to know you are there – you cannot imagine the difference it makes.”

Company Secretary THL Superyachts – March 2014


“Absolutely first class. Boddy Matthews are excellent at understanding the business need.”

Managing Director, project management and engineering company – March 2014


“Thank you for everything as it’s saved weeks of worrying, arguments and heartache.”

Director of Rig Revolution Limited – March 2014


“You are a superstar!”

Director of SME – March 2014


“Your clear advice gave us the confidence we needed to proceed.”

Trustee of a registered charity – November 2013


We will definitely use your services again and recommend you.

Director of a finance company – September 2013


“A personal thank you for all your help, perseverance and patience with us. We couldn’t have travelled such a complicated process so well without your input.”

Trustee of a registered charity – October 2013


“Your input was invaluable.”

Operations Director, UK and international provider of home care services – July 2013


“The level of professionalism from Boddy Matthews was second to none.”

July 2013


“Your advice has been invaluable.”

Brand Building Director, Unilever – June 2013


“It has been a pleasure working with you. You have made my life so much easier at a difficult time.”

Managing Director, TUI Travel PLC – June 2013


She impresses clients with “her approach – she was very good at finding the gaps in the questions I asked.”

Chambers – 2013


She is noted as “good at strategy and tactics” and “gives direct advice which is not open to misinterpretation”. The team is “responsive and helpful” and appreciated for its “flexible and proactive approach”.

Chambers – 2012


She is recommended for being “… calm, sensible and practical,” as well as being “great with clients” She is seen as part of a “business-focused team that provides direct advice and avoids sitting on the fence.”

Chambers – 2011


Clients praise her for “inspiring great trust and establishing excellent relationships from the get-go.” She is applauded for her “flexible and commercial approach”, and impresses clients with her “ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines”.

Chambers – 2010


Helen’s “highly respected team” entered the rankings on the strength of its reputation in the market. ‘The firm’s core business in construction meant that the team developed “an extremely specialist insight in to the employment implications of this sector”. The high profile of the construction work meant that Helen’s team was working for FTSE 250 companies on a national basis’.

Chambers – 2009