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Innes is a Partner and heads up our Litigation Division which is one of the largest and most experienced litigation teams in Scotland. 

Innes is one of Scotland's most experienced and well known employment lawyers having specialised in employment law for nearly 25 years. He is an accredited specialist employment lawyer and has been listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list in the Legal 500 UK 2020 guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.

He advises clients on a wide range of employment matters and, according to Chambers and Partners, is able to see the same issue from multiple perspectives and pull complex advice into its most clearly understood format.  

As well as providing advice to our clients, Innes lectures in employment law at the University of Edinburgh and at Edinburgh Napier University.

Innes is also Signet Accredited in employment law, a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

You can also find Innes on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Business expertise

Innes advises employers on a wide range of employment law issues, including unfair dismissal, redundancy, workplace discrimination, absence management, disciplinary and grievance processes, dismissals, severance arrangements and TUPE.

Innes acts for both private and public sector employers at all stages of the employment relationship including negotiating severance arrangements and representation before Employment Tribunals. He also works closely with our corporate and commercial team in relation to the employment law implications of business acquisitions and disposals. 

Innes is also a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and is well known within the HR profession in Scotland.

Individuals and Families expertise

Innes has specialised in employment law for nearly 25 years and has advised a very large number of employees during this time. Innes is aware that workplace issues can result in significant worry and his approach is to provide all of our clients with clear, practical advice which ensures that they get the most out of the situation that they find themselves in. 

Innes is a "go to lawyer" for senior executives across Scotland. He very regularly provides advice to senior executives which can be a particularly sensitive area with significant financial implications as well as reputational issues at stake. Over the years, Innes has personally advised senior executives in a wide variety of circumstances including departures from most of the major banks as well as other financial institutions and a wide variety of other well-known organisations.

Innes advises employees on a wide range of employment law issues, including unfair dismissal, redundancy, workplace discrimination, disciplinary and grievance processes, negotiated departures and settlement agreements. 

What our clients and peers say: 

"Works to a very high standard."

Chambers & Partners

The ‘first-class’ Innes Clark heads the team.

Legal 500

"...thank you for your terrific help and support on this project. Your guidance, judgement and speed of response made a difficult challenge go very smoothly."

Employer client

"Your assistance was invaluable and highly appreciated."

Employee client

"Clear and pragmatic solutions."

Legal 500

Innes Clark is 'pragmatic, practical and comes to swift conclusions'. He is also praised for his technical ability.

Chambers & Partners

"Meticulous and highly recommended."

Chambers & Partners

"Noted for his attention to detail and practical approach."

Chambers & Partners

Clients comment: "He bends over backwards to be available and is always very calm and measured."

Chambers and Partners 2019

"Thanks very much for all your advice, both you and the service were excellent."

Senior Executive

"Intelligent, strategic, confident and assertive advice."

Senior Employee client

Clients say: "He provides a highly professional and responsive service; he is very approachable and always easily contactable."

Chambers 2018

"Highly knowledgeable, experienced and efficient."

Legal 500
Legal 500

Practice head, Innes Clark, is ‘both technically outstanding and client focused’ and possesses ‘excellent employment law knowledge’.

Legal 500 2018/19

"I was very pleased to receive sound advice throughout, which enabled me to make informed decisions on how best to proceed. I would single out the very prompt response times to all matters, which allowed good momentum to be maintained, together with a strong personalised approach."

Employee client

"Innes Clark is outstanding in his field."

Legal 500 2019/20
UK leading Individual 2020

"An outstanding employment lawyer."

Chambers and Partners 2020

"His strength is that he sees the same issue from multiple perspectives and pulls complex advice into its most clearly understood format."

Chambers and Partners 2020

"Innes Clark and Alan Delaney - both outstanding in their field."

Legal 500 2020
UK leading Individual 2020

"Thanks again for all of your excellent advice and support - it was all in the preparation and positioning, your commercial insight was invaluable."

Senior Executive

"His main strength is his ability to give excellent legal advice in a language we can understand. He goes above and beyond the call of duty." "His advice is always considered, balanced and practical."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"The service provided by Innes Clark was outstanding. Exceptionally prompt, very clear, and extremely helpful."

Senior Executive

"Straightforward and clear, thank you."

Senior Executive

"Thank you so much for all your brilliant advice and support over recent weeks. I am very grateful and pleased with the outcome."

Senior Executive

"The personal service you receive from Innes Clark and his team at Morton Fraser is second to none. He really gets to know you and your organisation and targets advice specific to meet your needs."

Legal 500 2021/22

Recent Content by Innes Clark

21 Oct 2021

Tribunal claim risks and what employers need to prepare for

In our weekly employment podcast, partners, David Hossack and Innes Clark discuss 3 areas of risk that employers are currently facing as well as...
David Hossack, Innes Clark
11 Oct 2021

Employment Bulletin October 2021

Welcome to our October e-bulletin. There is still time to register for our free autumn Essential Employment Law Webinar, covering the current hot...
8 Oct 2021

Essential Employment Law Webinar

In our latest Essential Employment Law Webinar, Innes Clark, Alan Delaney and Sarah Gilzean look at the employment law developments that you should...
Innes Clark, Sarah Gilzean, Alan Delaney


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