Max Winthrop


Head of Employment Law

T: 0191 232 0283

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Max Winthrop spent six years working for the Federation of Master Builders in London, advising on Industrial Relations and construction law. He then moved north to do articles with a leading firm in Carlisle, were he remained for some years before crossing the Pennines to practice in Newcastle.

Max’s work consists of heavyweight litigation in tribunals and courts acting for both claimant and respondent/defendants up and down the UK. Cases will often involve multiple strands of discrimination, whistleblowing and jurisdictional conflicts between different legal systems, with clients including SMEs, PLCs and both senior employees and office holders.

As well as his role at the firm in 2017 Max was appointed to Chair the Law Society’s influential Employment Law Committee. As Chair he has been actively involved in reforms and developments of employment law and the tribunal system, including giving evidence to parliamentary committees and responses to the Taylor Review. He is regularly quoted in national publications such as the Times and the FT, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4.

“Employment law is interesting because it involves people and money.  Or to put it another way, it is about whether the gap between capital and labour is best spanned by teleological or deontological ethics, as Marx would have said if he had read Aquinas more than Hegel.”

Just the usual stuff –what an average citizen of Lemberg or Vienna would do on their day off circa 1913.