Matthew Parker (Solicitor LLB (Hons) LLM)

July 6, 2015

I founded Forest Edge Legal Practice in 2009, the predecessor of Forest Edge Solicitors. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2006, having worked in the profession before that as well.

Having attended Bournemouth University to achieve my law degree I enjoyed living in the area and so set up home here. I have spent time working in Christchurch and Blandford Forum before setting up Forest Edge Legal Practice covering Ringwood, Verwood and the surrounding area.

I particularly enjoy all areas of litigation, both for individuals and companies, and securing for my clients the best outcome possible. It is important to me to find out what my clients are seeking at the outset and then seeing how that can be best achieved.

My areas of interest include litigation as well as employment work. This can involve spending time with clients in setting up procedures and documentation, as well as dealing with grievances and disciplinary issues as they may arise. I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

I find creating a long term relationship with my clients very beneficial in fostering the trust between us. This also allows my clients to be able to call on me when needed, and invariably now sooner rather than later. One of the best pieces of advice which I can give to someone is to seek professional help as soon as possible as the longer it goes on the less options there are, and the more it will probably cost.

Outside of work I try to spend as much time as possible with my young family, as well as playing hockey and supporting (for my sins) Portsmouth Football club. I am also a Director of the Verwood Arts and Leisure Amenities which runs the leisure and community services in Verwood, a governor at Emmanuel MIddle School in Verwood and am a long-standing member of Verwood Business, the Chamber of Trade.


  • Successfully pursued a number of disability discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Attended and successfully concluded a commercial mediation on behalf of my client.
  • Acted for a commercial client in a fully contested claim in the specialist Technology Court.
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