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Matthew Clayton

Work 01242 514000
Willans LLP

Work Department

Employment law


Matthew is a partner and head of Willans’ employment law team. He handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, with a particular interest in complex staff restructurings and employment issues surrounding business transfers.


Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 1996, subsequently training and working at a City of London firm. Prior to his appointment at Willans, Matthew was head of the employment team at a regional heavyweight practice.

Matthew’s diverse client base includes multi-national organisations, not-for-profits, SMEs and owner-managed businesses.

He has extensive experience in advising on restrictions on competition imposed on ex-employees, and the protection of confidential business information. Matthew also has a strong track record in resolving employment disputes involving directorship and shareholding issues, and executive severances. He is a GL Ambassador for GFirst LEP, and chairs its Business and Professional Services group.


English, French, German


Employment Lawyers' Association


Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, MA, LLM, Law (1993)
The University of Law (Guildford), Diploma in Legal Practice (1994)

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Within: Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Exceptionally knowledgeable and extremely prompt’, Willans LLP prides itself on ‘a firm culture where excellent client service is the expectation’. Moreover, one client noted in particular the firm’s competitive pricing and approachability in relation to many of its local competitors. Headed by Paul Symes-Thompson, the corporate team has particular focus on advising manufacturers, professional practices, charities and technology companies on commercial agreements and corporate transactions. Symes-Thompson acted for Twistar in connection with proposed investments by several worldwide investors. The ‘pragmatic’ practice head also handles ongoing commercial and corporate work for a well-known national charity. Further, a team including the ‘highly respected’ employment practitioner Matthew Clayton assists Cheltenham Festivals with ongoing commercial matters. Other key clients include Frazier Properties and Medical First. Theresa Grech left the firm for Gordon Dadds LLP and Caroline Leviss took a senior associate position at Harrison Clark RickerbysChris Wills, who was hired from Murrell Associates, heads up the team. Consultant Kym Fletcher joined from a global sporting federation.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Within: Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Willans LLP has a particular focus on acting for technology and high-end engineering companies but also advises clients in the professional services, charities and not-for-profit sectors on contentious and non-contentious employment law issues including restructurings, business transfers, executive exits and protection of confidential business information. It also provides support on TUPE transfers, redundancy, collective consultations with unions and GDPR implementation issues. Recent work includes acting for Bridgeworks, a data optimisation and data transfer company, in an unfair dismissal claim by a senior sales person, and representing a director of a PR company in a dispute with a co-director. Moog Aircraft Group, PegasusLife, The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Stroud District Council and Excelerate Technology.  Matthew Clayton heads the team and specialises in data issues in the context of employment law.

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