Matthew SigsworthAssociate Solicitor

Job role at EMG

I joined EMG in July 2019 as an Associate Solicitor. I mainly deal with General Disputes, Civil Litigation & Employment. However, I also have a specialism in statutory funding matters, including Continuing Healthcare reviews and Welfare Benefit appeals.

Experience

I have had a varied legal career, working in the third and public sectors before becoming a private practice solicitor. Initially, I was employed by Citizens Advice Bureaux as an Employment Law & Welfare Benefits specialist. I then established the Darlington Borough Council Welfare Rights Service. After that, I trained as a solicitor and qualified in 2011. Since then, I have dealt with a wide variety of General Dispute, Litigation & Employment cases, including:

• Disputes about Wills & Estates, including Inheritance Act claims
• Commercial, consumer & contract disputes
• Professional negligence claims
• Property disputes
• Unfair dismissal & discrimination claims
• Settlement Agreements

I continue to deal with a range of commercial and probate disputes and other complex litigation work. I have a particular skill in working closely with clients to find cost-effective & pragmatic solutions. At the same time, I am a determined and assertive litigator who works hard to secure the best outcomes for EMG’s clients.

Some disputes can only be dealt with by going to Court. This should always be a last resort though. Court proceedings are always risky (you never know for sure how they will turn out) and can be very expensive. In any event, there are usually other things you can do. Resolving disputes is really all about problem-solving. I will listen carefully to you, explain your options and then work with you to find the most cost-effective solution to your problem. Once we have decided on a plan that is right for you, I will fight your corner to achieve the outcome that you deserve.

What do you like about working at EMG?

Energy. EMG is a vibrant firm made up of teams of lawyers whose sole aim is to do the very best for our clients.

Outside of EMG?

Spending time with my wife, family & friends, gardening, cycling & running around after our dog – Sidney the Labradoodle. Following the ups & (more often than not) downs of Middlesbrough Football Club…