Darren Clayton

Senior Partner | London (Mayfair)

Darren Clayton

Darren is a founder partner of Doyle Clayton, having previously acted as General Counsel to the Travelex Group and as a solicitor in the City. He advises clients in all areas of employment law, with particular expertise in restrictive covenant disputes, team moves and business transfers, reorganisation issues including TUPE, and senior executive terminations and disputes.

Over the last 28 years Darren has advised on all areas of employment law including both contentious and non-contentious issues.  He acts for both corporate and individual clients and has in recent years spent much time advising on complex contractual negotiations and disputes with a particular focus on shareholder disputes and complex employee reward arrangements.  Darren frequently advises on disputes at both the Employment Tribunal and High Court as well as advising major corporations on their restructuring programs.  Darren has significant experience of restrictive covenant disputes both within the unionised and non-unionised sectors.  Given the breadth of his experience he is often called upon to mediate in disputes between stakeholders and is well known for his approachable yet firm manner.

Darren Clayton offers sophisticated advice to both employers and employees, with significant experience in restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. He is also noted for handling senior executive exits. One client notes that he "focuses on the business outcomes and any subsequent potential risks.

Chambers & Partners Guide 2017

Darren Clayton offers sophisticated advice to both employers and employees, with significant experience in restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. He is also noted...

Darren Clayton is one of the founding partners of the firm and has a reputation for being "great at negotiating advantageous deals on exits for senior executives. "He is particularly adept at handling restrictive covenant disputes and team moves"

Chambers & Partners Guide 2016 

Darren Clayton is one of the founding partners of the firm and has a reputation for being "great at negotiating...

Darren is appreciated by clients for his "integrity and empathy"

Chambers & Partners Guide 2015

Darren is appreciated by clients for his "integrity and empathy"Chambers & Partners Guide 2015

"Darren is a seasoned and extremely professional lawyer who has the gravitas and acumen to work at board level"

Legal 500 2016

"Darren is a seasoned and extremely professional lawyer who has the gravitas and acumen to work at board level" Legal...

Thomson Reuters directory Super Lawyers describes Darren as:

"Highly personable, delightful to deal with, seasoned professional"

"His strengths lie in a number of areas including corporate restructurings, restrictive covenants and senior executive disputes."

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Professional memberships:

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • European Employment Lawyers Association
  • ELLINT (Employment and Labor Lawyers International) of which Doyle Clayton is a founder member