Matthew Clayton MA LLM (Cantab), CIPP/E



Matthew heads our employment team. He handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues for clients which include multi-national companies, owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organisations. His particular specialisms include complex staff restructurings and employment issues concerning business transfers.

He has an extensive track record in advising on restrictions on competition imposed on ex-employees, the protection of confidential business information, and data protection issues including GDPR. Matthew also has wide experience in resolving employment disputes involving directorship and shareholding issues. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers' Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and a GL Ambassador for GFirst LEP. He is also the company secretary for Cheltenham Festivals. 

A Cambridge graduate, Matthew trained and worked at a City of London law firm, qualifying as a solicitor in 1996. Prior to joining Willans, Matthew led the employment team at regional firm, Rickerbys LLP. 

Matthew is recommended by independent legal directory Chambers and Partners in which he has been described by a client as: "responsive, commercial, understands where employers are coming from and gets right to the point, with meaningful and practical advice."

Matthew is presenting an employment law seminar series for business owners, HR and in-house legal counsel. For more information on these regular breakfast briefings and to find out the dates/topics please click here to visit our events page. 

He is a certified member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


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Matthew Clayton