Will Clayton

People engage me to resolve complex employment law issues and disputes because I do the difficult, very well.  I am instructed by employers and senior executives

I resolve legally complex or costly disputes between companies and, typically, the senior members of their workforce. 

My value in those cases is that I reduce my client’s stress through expert, measured and delivery-focused legal advice and representation.   This provides the space for my clients and I to concentrate on securing the outcomes that are the most important to them.  

Paying clients rightly expect accessible, prompt, reasonably priced and hassle-free service.  If you or your business instructs me to help you with your employment law issues, that is you will get – a high quality, commercially-minded and straightforward legal service that you will want to use again and would be very happy to recommend to others. 

I began my legal career by qualifying as a barrister in 1995.  I quickly developed a specialism in employment and labour law and, 27 years or so later, I am amongst the most experienced lawyers in my field. 

My employment litigation practice extends beyond the employment tribunals and includes High Court claims for wrongful dismissal, shareholder and partnership disputes and injunctions involving the protection of trade connections, confidential information and the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants. 

Specialist Sectors

  • Employment
  • Partnership
  • Contracting 
  • Employment Agencies

Specialist Services

  • Senior Executive Dispute Resolution
  • Whistleblowing
  • Discrimination
  • Business Protection, Restrictive Covenants and Injunctions
  • Workforce Reorganisations

Representative Cases

Willis v Nat West Bank plc – Successfully representing claimant (a cancer patient) in claims of discrimination arising from her disability and unfair dismissal following dismissal on alleged grounds of redundancy.  

Arch v GMW NHS FT & Others – Successfully representing national charity at ET and EAT defending TUPE claims of unfair dismissal following change in substance misuse service contracts.  

Successfully representing a large retail payments business in High Court proceedings to restrain a team of four sales representatives by injunction from joining a competing business.

Successfully obtaining a High Court springboard injunction on an application without notice against an employer client’s sales executive who was planning to leave the business to join a competitor.

Advising and representing a CEO on exit from a £10bn turnover construction business, negotiating and concluding £seven-figure settlement terms.

Professional Qualifications + Education


Barrister (non-practicing)




Times Lawyer of the Week, February 2022