Firm Profile > Doyle Clayton > London, England

Doyle Clayton
ONE CROWN COURT
CHEAPSIDE
LONDON
EC2V 6LR
England

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.

Testimonials

The team at Doyle Clayton is strong at the interface of employment law and education law due to its considerable experience in both fields.’

Simon Henthorn is extremely personable, intelligent and committed. He speaks with authority and expertise, is engaging and personable, and goes out of his way to ensure regular contact is kept.’ 

Simon Henthorn is a particularly impressive individual. He is thorough with a keen eye for detail, which adds to the strategic overview of any case that he deals with. An extremely likeable individual who is also very knowledgable.’

Elizabeth Timmins is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Professor Peter Edwards

Dr Jonathan Dronsfield

National Education Union

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.

Testimonials

‘The country’s leading specialist law firm in employment.’

‘Peter Doyle and Darren Clayton have built up the practice over many years and it has gone from strength to strength.’

‘Katie Mahoney is an up and coming senior associate with an incredible memory, strong work ethic and excellent client relationship skills.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic, accessible team.’

‘Helen Brooks is really good – she provides clear advice that is straight to the point.’

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.

Testimonials

‘Simon Henthorn is extremely friendly, capable and supportive. He always gives of his time, even at unsociable hours, and responds extremely quickly (often within minutes) to requests for advice. He is entirely unpatronising and very good at seeing things from a different perspective.’

‘Simon gives clear and concise advice; communicates effectively and regularly; and fully understands the complexities of the education sector.’

Key clients

Queenswood School

Eton End School

Stanmore College

Christ The King 6th Form College

Creative Education Trust

Ealing Fields Academy Trust

Kings School Ely

Kensington Wade

Kennington Primary School

Portsmouth Grammar School

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.

Testimonials

‘The country’s leading specialist law firm in employment.’

‘Peter Doyle and Darren Clayton have built up the practice over many years and it has gone from strength to strength.’

‘Katie Mahoney is an up and coming senior associate with an incredible memory, strong work ethic and excellent client relationship skills.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic, accessible team.’

‘Helen Brooks is really good – she provides clear advice that is straight to the point.’

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.

Key clients

Yamaha Music Europe

Abbot Mead Vickers

Stripe Payments

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Doyle Clayton has notable expertise advising both employers and employees on the full spectrum of employment law issues. The practice provides assistance in relation to discrimination claims, whistleblowing cases and High Court litigation, as well as advising on the current HR matters such as the 'Me Too' movement and employment issues surrounding temporary working arrangements/the gig economy. Tina Wisener, Piers Leigh-Pollitt, James Anderson, Sukhpal matharoo ,Verity Saxon and Victoria Burnip are the key figures.

Testimonials

The practice works hard to understand our business. The are extremely responsive and work quickly to give advice and assist us in resolving our employment issues.’

Piers Leigh- Pollitt, is pragmatic, commercial, approachable and swift to act on our behalf.

Victoria Burnip excels at immigration advice.’

Key clients

UK Express Limited

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Limited

Hitachi Capital

Brit Group Service

DPGS Limited t/a Domino’s Pizza

Immigration Tier 2

Focusing on business immigration, the group at Doyle Clayton has 'outstanding knowledge' and 'are incredibly helpful' in providing global mobility support to a sizeable list of well-known clients. Victoria Burnip leads the practice which has experienced steady growth in instructions from private clients seeking advice on Brexit-related immigration issues.

Testimonials

What sets the team apart from other Immigration practices is that they are solution-oriented and have a positive outlook.

They have outstanding knowledge, are incredibly helpful and the attention to detail is second to none. By far and away in a different class completely on immigration law.

Victoria Burnip is outstanding – her depth and breadth of knowledge is amazing.’

Key clients

VAT Compliance Europe Limited

WTax UK Limited

Fueled

Dixons Carphone

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Dan Begbie-Clench  photo Mr Dan Begbie-Clench
Mrs Helen Brooks  photo Mrs Helen Brooks
Mr Andrew Campbell  photo Mr Andrew Campbell
Mr Darren Clayton  photo Mr Darren Clayton
Mr Peter De Maria  photo Mr Peter De Maria
Mr Peter Doyle photo Mr Peter Doyle
Mr Simon Henthorn  photo Mr Simon Henthorn
Mrs Jennifer Nicol  photo Mrs Jennifer Nicol
Ms Anita de Atouguia  photo Ms Anita de Atouguia
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 20