If you were to ask me about my approach to advising clients, I would say that a key step for me is having a really good understanding of the client’s business. That means working through how any decision they make is going to affect the whole operation and offering options which take business objectives into account.”

Alan joined Averta as a consultant in 2020. He is an extremely experienced employment solicitor, having worked in-house for a multi-national corporate, a top 50 law firm and a boutique employment law practice. His current client base is very varied – ranging from large corporates through SMEs to owner managed businesses and individuals across a range of business sectors.

Extensive experience

Prior to taking up senior consultancy positions, Alan was legal director at Shakespeare Martineau advising multi-national, blue-chip companies, big brands, SMEs, and senior executives on all aspects of employment law.

In 2014, Alan was named Finance Monthly Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year for United Kingdom of GB & NI.

Having worked with a wide range of businesses and other legal disciplines, including corporate, litigation and commercial teams, Alan is able to develop commercially focused strategic advice. He has advised many clients on exit strategy, change management, corporate transactions, directorship and shareholder disputes, breach of covenant and contractual disputes.

Business orientated

As he works very closely with clients, Alan is often regarded as one of the team and regularly invited to present to company boards on legal and regulatory issues, which demonstrates
both the regard clients hold him in and his detailed grasp of client’s businesses and commercial objectives.

Alan’s also has a good track record of assisting senior employees in connection with complex disputes, achieving notable successes, which aligns him closely to Averta’s core

Outside activity

In his spare time Alan has volunteers for Citizens Advice in South Warwickshire.

Alan Dark has provided an exceptional level of service, especially during the challenges of the pandemic. His pragmatic advice coupled with the ability to translate complex scenarios into a range of options is invaluable.Alan is responsive, insightful, and our business would not be the same without his services."

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He offers considered advice, explains the risks and opportunities extremely well and has an inherent understanding of your requirements. This typically leads to an amicable win - win for both parties.”

Client feedback

Alan has now become our 'go to' person for all legal matters, due to the experience we've had with him each time. Whether it's been an employment law matter, commercial contracts, GDPR or anything else, he has been thorough, reliable, extremely professional, and approachable. It's been a genuine pleasure working with him.”

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