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Doyle Clayton
LEVEL 10
ONE CANADA SQUARE
LONDON
EC2V 6LR
London

Education: individuals Tier 1

Doyle Clayton is renowned in this area of education for its breadth of expertise, with practice head and standout practitioner Simon Henthorn being described as 'a class act'. The team is seasoned in handling a wide range of matters combining its experience in education and employment law, regularly acting for clients in the education sector in high-value and high-profile dismissal, retirement, disciplinary and harassment cases. Senior associate Elizabeth Timmins and business immigration specialist Anna Blackden are also key names to note.

Employment: senior executives Tier 2

Doyle Clayton's specialist practice provides advice to both employers and senior individuals, working with a variety of clients, including start-ups. The team is led by the 'shrewd' Darren Clayton who is 'skilled at negotiating terms for senior executives.' Clayton also specialises in restructuring, reorganisations and post-termination restrictions, while Peter De Maria is the 'go to adviser for senior executive departures and litigation'. Peter Doyle demonstrates 'immense experience' working on executive terminations, bonus related issues and business reorganisations.

Education: schools Tier 4

Doyle Clayton's education team 'combines pragmatism and a commercially focused approach' and is led by the 'excellent' Simon Henthorn. The team handles high-value and often high-profile education matters pertaining to contentious employment issues, dismissal cases, child protection and safeguarding. Senior associate Elizabeth Timmins specialises in both employment and immigration advice for education clients. Anna Blackden is also a key contact.

Employment: employers Tier 5

Doyle Clayton's specialist practice provides advice to both employers and senior individuals, working with a variety of clients, including start-ups. The team is led by the 'shrewd' Darren Clayton who is 'skilled at negotiating terms for senior executives.' Clayton also specialises in restructuring, reorganisations and post-termination restrictions, while Peter De Maria is the 'go to adviser for senior executive departures and litigation'. Peter Doyle demonstrates 'immense experience' working on executive terminations, bonus related issues and business reorganisations.

Immigration

Doyle Clayton's business immigration department is regularly instructed by multinationals, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals on a range of immigration issues. The team, which is led by Anita de Atouguia, is adept at handling global mobility projects for businesses and the team is experienced in handling sponsor licence applications, Tier 2 applications and Tier 5 applications. It is also experienced in advising on Tier 4 sponsor licenses. The firm also advises on non-points based applications, such as applications for ILR, British citizenship and EEA matters. The firm acts for a range of clients across the education, legal, recruitment, manufacturing, advertising, technology, media and pharmaceutical sectors.

Doyle Clayton was formed in London in 1997 by Peter Doyle and Darren Clayton. The firm is known as a specialist employment law firm. The firm sees itself as a workplace law firm offering a broader range of legal support for clients.

The firm: Since 2013 the firm has expanded its employment capability by offering advice on pensions, employee remuneration and share schemes, education, start-ups as well as HR and health and safety support. It is considered among the market leaders for its work with both employers and individuals.

Today the firm operates from four offices (City, Mayfair, Canary Wharf and Reading) and employs over 35 specialist lawyers. The firm is well known for its work with clients from the insurance, financial and banking sectors. More recently the firm has developed a growing following in two further sectors: education and start-ups.

Types of work undertaken: Doyle Clayton advises on a wide range of workplace legal issues (both contentious and non-contentious).

Employment: specialist employment lawyers provide high-quality advice and support which covers the full range of employment law matters including: contracts, policies and procedures; employment disputes in the High Court and tribunals; TUPE; redundancy situations and termination of employment; settlement agreements; injunctions and team moves; and partnership and minority shareholder disputes.

Business immigration: this specialist team has a wealth of experience in all areas of business immigration law, including the points-based system (PBS), and keeps abreast of the latest developments so that it can guide both individual and employer clients through the immigration process. The firm has expertise in relation to applications under each tier of the PBS, including applications for investors and entrepreneurs under Tier 1 and Tier 5 (GAE) visas. It advises employer clients on applying for sponsor licences, related compliance issues, and issuing certificates of sponsorship (under Tier 2 of PBS, which includes the general skilled category and the intracompany transfer category). It has a 100% success rate for clients’ sponsor licence applications and knows how to expedite matters when required. The team is expanding its global immigration visa assistance capabilities, including advising on Schengen visas. In addition, the team advises on other non-PBS visas including sole representative applications, as well as assisting individuals to obtain settlement and British citizenship. The team also has particular expertise in EEA matters in relation to obtaining immigration documentation for EEA nationals and their dependant family members.

Employee benefits: the pensions team has experience of all forms of UK-based pension arrangements, advising employers, trustees and intermediaries. Doyle Clayton’s employee share incentives experts can help design and deliver the right share scheme solution for each business, guiding clients through the increasingly challenging tax, corporate governance, employment law and regulatory issues. It also advises on the operation and administration of share schemes, helping on the grant of new awards, processing vested awards, dealing with departing employees and advising on corporate transactions.

Other areas: data protection, notary public, health and safety, and HR support.

Business sectors: finance, insurance, professional services, manufacturing, media, education, hospitality, leisure, start-ups, IT and pharmaceuticals.

Other offices: Canary Wharf, Mayfair, Reading

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Peter Doyle
Employment Peter Doyle
Business immigration Anita de Atouguia
Employee benefits Andrew Campbell
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 20