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 works on complex international and cross-border HR projects, international business restructurings, as well as HR aspects of mergers & acquisitions. 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 2021 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).