Mr Simon Henthorn > Doyle Clayton > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doyle Clayton

Work Department

Employment and Education


Simon is a Partner and Head of Education at Doyle Clayton. His clients include schools, multi-academy trusts and further education colleges. He also acts for individuals including Heads, Deputy Heads, Bursars and Professors. 

Simon advises on all employment law issues and education matters involving safeguarding and pastoral care.

He is a solicitor advocate. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the education case, Duncombe -v- DCSF.


Where trained: Linklaters
Year qualified: 2000
Year made partner in present firm: 2016

Simon trained and qualified with Linklaters. He moved to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP in 2002 as an associate in the employment department. Simon joined Doyle Clayton in 2014.


Employment Lawyers Association
The Education Law Association
European Employment Lawyers Association


University College, Durham The College of Law, York
 Law (LLB) (1996), LPC (1997)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: individuals

(Leading individuals)

Simon HenthornDoyle Clayton

Doyle Clayton represents parents, students, teachers and professors in claims regarding discrimination, misconduct and bullying. Practice head Simon Henthorn is ‘professional, knowledgeable and kind – he can be robust when needed, but shows great compassion‘. Peter Daly, who joined from Slater and Gordon in early 2021, has represented clients in some high-profile cases regarding alleged harassment and intimidation over philosophical beliefs. Associate Amara Ahmad focuses on children’s law, specialising in advising on special educational needs and safeguarding.

London > Employment > Senior executives

As ‘experts in their field’, the practitioners at Doyle Clayton are recommended as ‘employment focused and aware of all aspects from both employer and employee side’. With particular expertise in the insurance and accountancy markets, the firm acts for senior executives in a range of discrimination cases, including age discrimination matters. Peter De Maria leads the practice and is ‘undoubtedly a leading light in business protection as well as being the firm’s senior partner’. Discrimination law specialist Peter Daly; legal director Katie Mahoney, whose forte is employee competition work; and Simon Henthorn, who ‘provides excellent advice and support’, are additional key names.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

(Leading individuals)

Simon HenthornDoyle Clayton

Doyle Clayton advises on a wide range of matters, from crowdfunding to organising and union mergers. The team is led by the ‘formidableSimon Henthorn, who has advised on removals of head teachers, potential industrial action and safeguarding matters. Peter Daly advises on disputes relating to employment and discrimination, and has recently been involved in a series of high-profile cases.