Max Winthrop

Business, Employment

Title: Partner

Tel: 0191 226 3703

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Max joined Sintons in September 2022 as a partner in the Employment Department.

Max has been a solicitor since 1991, having spent some years in industrial relations in the construction sector before qualifying.  His current workload covers the full spectrum of statutory and common law employment claims, representing both claimant and respondents in tribunals, courts and the Central Arbitration Committee. His client range is equally broad, including everything from individuals and office holders up to plc and local authorities. Many clients are fellow professionals, including solicitor, barristers’ chambers and members of the judiciary.

In addition to his work as a practitioner, he is a consulting editor for XpertHR’s on-line Employment Law Manual, responsible for the chapters on termination of employment. Max also holds regular podcasts and webinars for XpertHR and for the national Law Society on a variety of employment law topics. Max has also taught employment law at the University of Durham as an Academic Visitor.


Recent experience includes:

  • Successfully defending a seven-figure claim for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal for an electricity generation plc;
  • Recovering substantial compensation for a client accused of theft by a national service provision company;
  • Drafting terms and conditons of employment for UK based employees engaged by German parent companies;
  • Successfully bring claims against the Ministry of Justice and the Lord Chancellor for less favourable treatment of recorders under the Part Time Workers Directive.

Max has been a member of the Law Society of England and Wales Employment Law Committee since 1st September 2013 and chaired the Committee for a three-year term from September 2017 – 2020. He remains as a member of the Committee. Whilst on the Committee, Max was active in contributing to papers on, for example, the future of Employment Tribunals, the role of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement and in responding to the Taylor Review. He has also given evidence in private on the issues surrounding good work and gave public evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee on the use and abuse of Non-Disclosure Agreement in employment.

Max has experience of running multiparty cases, originally mainly in the field of equal pay for a local authority client, and also holiday pay cases for a utility company. He has also dealt with cases involving competing jurisdictional claims, including Brussels Recast, usually where the parties were in marine services.

Max is a member of both the Industrial Law Society and the Employment Lawyers’ Association. He was on the sub-committee set up by ELA looking at the use of arbitration in resolving employment disputes. Max is also on the ILS’ Executive Committee as the representative for the North East.

Max is the Secretary of the Newcastle Employment Tribunal Users’ Group, which he has attended since the 1990s. Max is also a member of the EAT Users’ Group.

In addition to formal academic lecturing at Durham, Max has presented papers at Bristol and Northumbria Universities on errors of law in a cross jurisdiction context and also given public lectures on history of labour against the background of Catholic Social Teaching covering the encyclicals Rerum Novarum, Qudagesimo Anno and Laborem Exercens.


The Legal 500 2024 Guide listed Max as a key individual, where it was said “Max Winthrop is fairly new to the Company and someone we have used previously for his excellent service within Employment Law. We would thoroughly recommend Max.”

The Chambers UK 2024 Guide described Max as a ‘notable practitioner’.

Key Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Discrimination
  • Tribunal Advocacy