Dan Begbie-Clench

Partner & Head of Canary Wharf Office | London (Canary Wharf)

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Dan specialises in all aspects of employment law with a particular focus on international work and clients. He is known for commercial and responsive advice and is recommended in the Legal 500 Guide.

Dan's prior experience came at Olswang (now CMS) from 2001 to 2005, followed by Parker & Co until he joined Doyle Clayton in 2011, becoming a partner in 2015.  

Dan's employer clients come from varied sectors including financial services, media, tech, fashion and pharma. He regularly advises on enforcing post-termination restrictions, preventing employees from using confidential information, strategic employment law issues and reorganisations.

On the employee side, Dan advises executives mainly from the financial, legal and media sectors on contracts and exits as well as bonus, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

His recent case-load includes advising - 

  • a number of financial services employers investigating misuse of confidential information and breaches restrictive covenants by departing employees, and taking steps including High Court action to protect their businesses from unlawful competition
  • a financial services firm in defending Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination brought by employees dismissed for gross misconduct
  • a healthcare company on its investigation into historic allegations of sexual harassment committed by a senior employee, which were raised by an employee during a grievance process
  • a household name PLC in defending allegations of whistle-blowing brought by an overseas employee
  • a US-headquartered financial services firm in defending allegations of whistle-blowing brought by an employee assigned to the UK
  • a financial services firm on investigating and dismissing C-suite employees
  • a pharma company on an internal restructure of its HR and recruitment functions
  • on harmonising terms and conditions of employees for: a global sports brand throughout its worldwide operations; and two financial services firms which wanted to harmonise their UK operations following numerous acquisitions and TUPE transfers, with one of these instructions involving 2,000 employees employed in 10 subsidiary companies
  • an Italian luxury brand carrying out a disciplinary investigation into misconduct and theft by a store manager, and subsequently dismissing him
  • another Italian luxury brand investigating complaints of discrimination brought by an employee into misconduct and theft by a store manager, and subsequently dismissing him;

He has recently advised employees including -

  • a financial services employee in Employment Tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal and breach of contract where the dismissal had not been correctly enacted by the employer
  • a partner in an actuarial consulting business on a high-value race discrimination claim relating to a failure to promote him
  • C-suite employees leaving a PLC insurance company
  • brokers threatened with injunctive relief proceedings for alleged breaches of restrictions.

Dan also takes a lead role in Doyle Clayton’s membership of ELLINT, the network of international law firms.

He is fluent in French, and speaks basic Italian and Portuguese. Dan studied law at a French university and spent a year working at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg before qualifying as a solicitor.

He has written for a number of publications including The Times and several HR magazines.


“A 'fantastic collaborator', Dan Begbie-Clench represented a partner in an actuarial consulting business in a race and religious discrimination claim.” (Legal 500 2018)

“Dan Begbie-Clench has a huge depth of knowledge. He is able to give high quality, pragmatic and timely advice. He has very sound judgement.” (Client)

“I collaborate with a number of law firms across the world. There is one firm that stands out in the UK: Doyle Clayton. In particular, one lawyer called Dan Begbie-Clench. Dan surpasses any other lawyer I have interacted with. He provides sound advice in all circumstances, takes into account company culture and values and understands readily how he needs to tailor guidance and advice based on his audience.” (Client)

“He is good, very practical. I always find we get very sound legal advice and a practical overlay. He is very good at drafting things, and picks up our business nuances very well. And he has good turnaround times. I have never had a problem with responsiveness.” (Client)

“Dan is thorough, extremely bright, and he had at all times our best interests at heart. He is a superb solicitor, always thinks like a business person, and put our case in a position where we received the results for which we bargained." (General Counsel, international insurance brokers)

Experience and qualifications -

  • Qualified in October 2003 
  • Specialist in Employment Law since 2003

Professional memberships -

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • European Employment Lawyers’ Association
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