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Will Clayton Partner T:01782 349545 M:07809 441169

A former barrister who specialises in employment law.

Will has over 20 years of experience helping business owners and leadership teams throughout the UK and abroad.  He advises on all employment law matters, from the hiring and firing of employees, typical workers and senior executives, to business restructuring, TUPE transfers and the protection of confidential information and trade secrets.  As a lawyer who started off his career by qualifying as a barrister, Will has an enviable success rate before the Employment Tribunal.

Will acts mostly for employers in a wide range of sectors from manufacturing to professional practice, from logistics to retail, from financial services to charities. His clients include PLCs and owner-managed businesses, not-for-profits, branches of overseas companies, company directors and senior executives.

Examples of how Will has helped clients include:

  • devising a strategy that enabled a client to part company with a senior member of staff at a tenth of what it might have cost;
  • successfully representing an employer client in a TUPE case before the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, defending  approximately  £800,000 of multiple  unfair dismissal claims (Arch Initiatives v Greater Manchester West mental Health NHS Foundation Trust) ; and
  • successfully establishing that an employee’s right to private life (Article 8 of the Human Rights Act) did not protect him from dismissal for gross misconduct when sending inappropriate material of a discriminatory nature in a personal email to his personal contacts (which included an employee of his employer’s customer) (Gosden v Lifeline Project Ltd).