'An incredibly talented employment lawyer

who is able to effortlessly explain what is important

and what we need to do to get to our objective.'

- Chambers 2017

Darren Hayward

Managing Partner
Darren joined Nockolds in 2003 and is the firm’s Managing Partner and Partner in charge of our Employment Law Team. 
Darren is considered to be one of the leading employment lawyers in the UK and acts for a wide range of commercial clients ranging from small start-up businesses to major PLCs as well as employees. Darren has developed a particular niche acting for high net worth clients in the City and is regularly consulted by the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and FX Times, as well as appearing on CNBC commenting on the impact of employment law developments in the City. 

His Employment Team is consistently included in the Legal 500 as a 'Recommended Firm' and in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK he is considered to be a leading employment lawyer. In the 2017 Chambers UK edition, Darren is described as "an incredibly talented employment lawyer who is able to effortlessly explain what's important and what we need to do to get to our objective."

Darren was also recognised as a leader in his field in Chambers UK 2018, described by market commentators as "very accessible, extremely knowledgeable and helpful".

In the 2017 edition of Legal 500 Darren is recommended as having “notable expertise in acting for high net-worth individuals in contentious matters”. 

Darren has a wealth of experience in both contentious and non-contentious employment work. Having acted for both employers and employees in all areas of employment litigation, Darren is able to advise on a variety of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract claims, redundancy, discrimination claims, Settlement Agreements, maternity/paternity rights and other 'family-friendly' rights, equal pay, and TUPE situations. Darren can also assist in the preparation and drafting of all employer/employee documentation and is able to provide representation in tribunal proceedings.

As the Firm’s Managing Partner, Darren was one of the five finalists in the prestigious National Management and Leadership Awards in the 'Outstanding Leader of the Year' category and has been nominated as a finalist in the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ category in the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards. He has helped lead Nockolds to become an award winning firm including the Firm achieving the Gold Investors in People Award in 2017 and the Firm being ranked number 23 in the 2017 ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’ in the UK. Darren is also a regular speaker on Lexcel webinars on strategic planning for law firms

Darren is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is a Trustee of the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust.

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