Members of Clayton Law Office
There are four members of the firm.

Darrin Clayton
B.A. (HONS), J.D. (Juris Doctor) LL.B
Darrin was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, north of Toronto and has been practicing Family Law in Ottawa for over 20 years. He moved to Ottawa in 1985 where he attended Carleton University. He graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Highest Honours with a Concentration in Criminology. He attended Law School at Queen’s University from 1990 to 1993.

Darrin articled at a large firm in downtown Ottawa. After his call to the Bar he worked for a small firm Lyon and Rick. He opened his own practice in October of 1999.

Darrin practices exclusively in the area of Family Law. He is a member of the local law association - the County of Carleton Law Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada (body that governs lawyers) and the Collaborative Law Network (Ottawa Collaborative Family Law Association).

Rachel Clayton

Rachel is the senior legal assistant and the office manager. Rachel and Darrin were married in 1993. No, Darrin did not marry his secretary. Rachel and Darrin were dating for many years before either decided they would make a career in law. Rachel attended the Legal Assistant Program at Algonquin College. She graduated in 1989. She has been working in the field every since. She has been working with Darrin since he opened his own practice in 1999. She has over 25 years of experience.

There has been some discussion in the profession lately about whether paralegals should be permitted to practice in the area of family law. At present this is not permitted - unless the paralegal is working under the direction of a lawyer.

Rachel do
es a lot of substantive work at the office. She prepares the first draft of a separation agreement, court application and assists with financial disclosure. This is a real competitive advantage of the firm as there are two people that clients can talk to about their file and Rachel’s services are offered at a lower rate.

Vanessa Wilson is our law clerk.  She works very closely with Rachel to organize the large quantity of documentation that flows through the office.  She is available to assist in tracking down information, determining the status of court documents, obtaining any information required to keep your matter moving along, or to simply act as a point of contact for our clients.  Feel free to contact Vanessa at extension 213.

Our Administrative Assistant is Catherine Nuttall.  She is available at extension 0.   Catherine will be happy to help you with the scheduling, as well as file management (i.e. correspondence in/out, listing all documents, etc.)..   Catherine will also assist you with retainer / account payments.

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Clayton Law Office 2571 Carling Avenue, Suite 207 Ottawa, Ontario K2B 7H7. Telephone: (613) 596-2424