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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.


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 hosts seminars 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.

London: Human resources

Employment: employers

Within: Employment: employers

GQ | LITTLER has continued to benefit from its inclusion in the Littler network, following GQ Employment Law's tie-up with international employment giant Littler Mendelson in 2017. On the back of that deal, international clients and cross-border mandates have become increasingly prevalent for the team. The practice handles the full range of employment work and partnership matters; practice head Paul Quain and Sophie Vanhegan are the key names for employment disputes; Darren Isaacs focuses on TUPE issues and regularly acts for US headquartered businesses; managing partner Jon Gilligan handles senior level hires and dismissals; and Richard Harvey specialises in the insurance, life sciences and retail sectors. Litigator Philip Cameron recently joined the firm from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

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