Clients say Darren is "responsive, commercial, precise and understands the business. He is great at working with lawyers in other jurisdictions to provide succinct advice." (Legal 500 2021)
Darren co-leads GQ|Littler’s international practice development team, alongside Richard Harvey. Most of Darren’s clients are UK or US-based employers and he focusses on cross-border and international HR projects. He is often instructed by clients who have large-scale EMEA matters that need managing, but he also regularly covers Australia and New Zealand. The projects Darren has worked on include international M&A transactions, multi-country document reviews and cross-border litigation.
In addition to this, Darren also manages a domestic UK practice which includes advising local UK clients on all their day-to-day HR needs, as well as defending high-value employment tribunal litigation. Darren hosts Littler’s quarterly Workplace Policy Institute (WPI) webinars focusing on EU labour laws and provides training on all aspects of cross-border employment law.
Darren was awarded the International Law Office Client Choice Award for leading UK Counsel. He has also been ranked first in a survey of leading European M&A employment lawyers by Mergermarket. He is recognised as a leading practitioner by the Legal 500 (2021) and is listed in Who’s Who Legal 2020 as a leading labour & employment lawyer.
Darren has practised in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Prior to joining GQ|Littler he worked at ‘Magic Circle’ firm Linklaters and was also the Head of UK Employment Law at US firm Bryan Cave (now BCLP).