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Darren Isaacs

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GQ|Littler is the leading employment law firm for employers in the UK. 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 1,500 lawyers in 80 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.

Position

Darren focuses on all aspects of UK ‘HR’ law/compensation and benefits, as well as European co-ordination and cross-border work. He represents businesses, with particular expertise in the financial services sector. Examples of Darren’s work include: successfully defending an international bank in the High Court against a high profile bonus dispute brought by a trader; advising Belkin on the EU employment law aspects of its acquisition of Linksys from Cisco; leading the employment law team advising on the Lehman Brothers insolvency in Europe; successfully representing a City hedge fund on appeal, in a whistle-blowing claim brought by an equities dealer; advising a UK bank on the roll-out of a comprehensive salary sacrifice programme for circa 60,000 employees; advising on the largest-ever international roll-out of FCA-compliant bonus scheme rules for an international bank, across more than 60 countries; defending a German bank against a claim of discrimination in the Employment Tribunal; leading the European employment law team on a global demerger and separate listing. Darren hosts seminars and provides training on all aspects of employment law.

Career

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. In 2012 Darren was awarded the International Law Office Client Choice Award for leading UK Counsel. Prior to this, he has also been 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)’.

Member

European Employment Lawyers Association, Employment Lawyers Association, Industrial Law Society, International Bar Association, The Law Society of the ACT (Australia), the Law Society of England & Wales.

Education

Copland College, Canberra, Australia; The Australian National University (1989-94 BEc, Statistics; LLB Law; Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law)).

Leisure

Darren has a particular interest in architecture and garden design.


London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Following its merger with Littler Mendelson, P.C. in 2018, boutique firm GQ|Littler LLP excels in representing clients in litigation before the Employment Tribunal and High Court. Co-founder Paul Quain has been acting for AirSys in High Court litigation regarding two senior executives who left the company. Darren Isaacs represented Fortress Investment Group in an Employment Tribunal disability discrimination claim brought by a former employee. Isaacs also advised Halyard Health on the employment aspects of its acquisition of CORPAK MedSystems. Jon Gilligan, Daniel Pollard and Richard Harvey are also recommended. Other clients include Mercer, ING and Commerzbank.

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