Clare Gilroy-Scott


Clare is an experienced employment lawyer advising on all aspects of the employment relationship to clients in a broad range of sectors.

Clare and the team are recommended in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500:

'Clare Gilroy-Scott is an excellent lawyer. She cares about her clients and maintains excellent relationships with them, whilst taking a careful and pragmatic approach to achieving realistic outcomes. She is a good lead partner and her trainees and associates work well with her.'

Clare joined Goodman Derrick LLP as a trainee in 2001 and became a Partner in May 2017.

Clare’s experience is in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and includes restructurings, redundancies, TUPE, HR support, drafting employment documentation and resolving employment disputes. She also advises on employment status, off-payroll working and IR35 implications.

Prior to her career in law, Clare worked in an HR role in the recruitment sector for 3 years. She is a member of the Recruitment Sector Group. Her work for recruitment sector clients includes drafting terms of business with clients, terms of engagement for temps, umbrellas and contractors; employment contracts, and commission schemes for recruitment consultants; off-payroll working and regulatory and compliance issues affecting the industry, amongst other things.

Career highlights include acting pro bono for the Claimant in the high profile holiday pay case King v The Sash Window Workshop Limited in the EAT, Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice. Clare was named The Times Lawyer of the Week in December 2017 for her work in this case.

Clare sits on the CSR and Pro Bono Committee and is the firm’s Training Principal.

Clare writes and presents at internal and external seminars, training events and conferences. She has published articles for leading national and business publications on topical HR issues including City AM, Personnel Today, HR News, Recruitment International and the Recruiter.


Clare is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Out of the office

Clare enjoys swimming, reading, theatre and travel.