Darren Cleverdon

Partner / Solicitor / Head of Family Department

Darren is the Head of the Family Department and a Partner at Dunn & Baker Solicitors and specialises in Family and Matrimonial matters since his qualification as a solicitor.

Darren completed a degree in History at the University of Lancaster in 1994 and went on to complete a Law degree conversion course 1995 at the University of Lancashire and then the Legal Practice Course at the University of Exeter in 1996. Darren completed his training contract with a law firm in Bude, Cornwall from 1996 to 2000 when he then moved to the West Country to work for a local law firm. In 2005, Darren joined Dunn & Baker Solicitors.

Darren is an Accredited Resolution Specialist, a Collaborative Lawyer, All Issues Mediator and is a Family Law Panel Accredited solicitor. (formerly the Children’s Panel)

Darren has gained a well-deserved reputation for his practical and effective approach to resolving complex financial and property cases. He commonly handles high value financial cases many of which involve inherited wealth, foreign elements and where necessary the emergency freezing of assets to avoid prejudice to his clients.

In addition, Darren’s vast experience in conducting cases against a background where court is a last resort by utilising the Collaborative Law process and Mediation, brings an added dimension and depth to the service that he is able to provide to his clients. Darren has been a Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer for many years now and as an Accredited Mediator he has been able to extend his skills and enhance his conciliatory approach to assisting couples in what can sometimes be a very tangled, difficult and emotionally challenging situation.

Where it is unfortunately not possible or appropriate to resolve any conflict or dispute utilising collaborative law or mediation then Darren has wide experience of personally representing clients at all levels of the court system and at round-the-table meetings.
Darren has been a Resolution Accredited Specialist for many years and this reflects his commitment to maintaining high expertise in all aspects of divorce and separation cases. He is also particularly skilled in dealing with domestic abuse and cohabitation matters through this qualification.

Darren is also a Family Law Panel Accredited Solicitor (formerly Children Panel) and this reflects his experience and knowledge of all aspects of children law. Darren handles care proceedings involving Local Authorities as well as complex children cases having foreign jurisdiction issues and child abduction situations.





I just wanted to say a really big thank you for being amazingly brilliant. You have been so helpful, pro-active, and worked so hard to achieve this result.”

Received via email, Ms S (July 2020)



“I really am extremely grateful for all your advice and candour and I feel that you managed to secure the best outcome for me in the circumstances. I was particularly impressed with your experience, attention to detail and the professionalism you displayed throughout that really back-footed [the] barrister. I will always be grateful for what you have achieved for me and will unreservedly recommend you to friends and colleagues as and when the need arises.”

Received via email, Mr L (October 2019)



“Just wanted to write and say a big thank you to you for everything over these past few years. You have been brilliant since day one and made the whole horrid process a lot easier for me.”

Received via email, Ms F (October 2019)



“You have been so supportive throughout this nightmare and have always been so very prompt in replying & getting the information I asked for… the way [you have] treated me has made a horrible situation so much more bearable.”

Received via email, Ms S (July 2019)



“I just want to thank you for all your listening, advice and assistance along the way and what a long journey it has been, but I couldn’t have done it without you or wanted anyone else by my side!”

Received via email, Ms R (March 2019)



“Amazing. Can’t thank Darren enough for helping me when I so needed help and got such a better result than I thought I ever would.”

Received via our Client Feedback Questionnaire (February 2019)



“I would like to share my recent experience of making the best choice possible in appointing Darren Cleverdon of Dunn and Baker to deal with my divorce.
For anyone yet to undergo this fraught and stressful experience I would say look no further than D & B;  from the first consultation to the ultimate successful conclusion over a period of 18 difficult months Dunn and Baker “ cared”, the advice, procedure and actions were consistently proved correct. I was really in safe hands from day one without appreciating it at the time.
I would offer the highest recommendation possible without hesitation, and my thanks to Darren and his team for his strength, moral support and wisdom throughout.”

Received via email from Mr W (September 2018)



“Please pass on Christmas wishes to all your staff at Dunn and Baker. Especially Becca and Natasha with a big thank you aswell
Thank you for all your help and support over the last year,  and am sure will be speaking to you again soon.”

Ms E, Received by email (December 2017)



“I thank you so much for everything and making this difficult time as easy as possible for me…I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who finds themselves in a similar unfortunate position”

Ms A, Received by email (October 2017)



Your performance yesterday and the preparation by your team for the case was magnificent and acknowledged by the judge and judgement, there would have been no case had we not provided such and excellent bundle and accompanying paperwork…I will forever be thankful to you personally and to your firm for the professionalism you brought to my case over the past year almost. Once again thank you, those words don’t seem enough to truly express how much yesterday meant to [us].”

Mr G, Received by email (October 2017)