Darren Isaacs > GQ | LITTLER > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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GQ|Littler is the leading employment law firm for employers in the UK and Ireland. We offer risk-based advice and litigation services on employment, immigration, employee tax and incentives issues. We work globally as part of Littler, the world’s largest employment law firm with over 1,600 lawyers in 100 offices worldwide. Being part of Littler enables the firm to seamlessly provide high-quality advice and support across a wide range of international markets and benefit from cutting-edge technology, research and knowledge management resources.


Darren is a partner at the firm who co-leads GQ|Littler’s international practice development team. Darren focuses on EMEA co-ordination and cross-border HR legal work for business clients. Examples of Darren’s work include: advising a global IT business on the EU employment law aspects of its acquisition of a rival; leading the employment law team advising on the Lehman Brothers insolvency in Europe; advising on the largest ever international roll-out of regulatory compliant bonus scheme rules for an international bank (60 countries); leading the European employment law team on a global demerger and separate listing; assisting a global “gig economy” start-up to establish operations across EMEA. Darren also hosts Littler’s quarterly Workplace Policy Institute (WPI) webinars focusing on EU labour laws and provides training on all aspects of cross-border employment law.


Darren has practised in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Prior to joining the firm in September 2012, he worked at Magic Circle firm Linklaters and was the head of the UK employment law practice at US firm Bryan Cave. Darren has previously been awarded the International Law Office Client Choice Award for leading UK Counsel and was ranked first in a three-year survey of leading European M&A employment lawyers by the publication Mergermarket. Publications of note: consulting author of HR Bullets, a publication that provides expert comment and analysis on the implications of employment law for the HR professional. ‘Business Acquisitions in the EU: Key HR Legal Considerations’, International In-House Counsel Journal, vol. 7, no. 26, Winter 2014 (joint).




European Employment Lawyers Association, Employment Lawyers Association, Industrial Law Society, International Bar Association, The Law Society of England & Wales.


2010: The College of Law, LPC                                                                                                                  1989 – 1994: The Australian National University, BEc Statistics                                                               1989 – 1994: The Australian National University, LLB Laws                                                                    1989 – 1994: The Australian National University, GDL


Darren has a particular interest in architecture and garden design.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Employers

A ‘truly fantastic group of employment law specialists’ at GQ | LITTLER is carving out a reputation in the employment sphere, offering the ‘experience, technical expertise and quality of advice of a magic circle law firm, but with the personal touch and client-focus of a boutique firm’, according to clients. Co-heading the expanding corporate support group alongside Daniel Pollard is the ‘highly commercial, very strong technicallyCerys Williams, who advises on the employment considerations of M&A, financings and business restructurings. In addition to its fast-growing transactional support and advisory capabilities, the group is also instructed in investigations, disciplinary proceedings and Employment Tribunal claims. Vastly experienced litigator Paul Quain, international project expert Darren Isaacs and HR requirement specialist Richard Harvey are other names to note.