Darren was born and raised on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. Darren commenced his law degree in the fall of 1997, studying part time in the evenings whilst working in a law office full time during the day. At the same time he sat the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) exams. Legal Executives are qualified lawyers in England. The ILEX exams are usually taken over a 4 year period, but Darren completed them within an 18 month period. Darren became a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2001.  

Darren completed his law degree in 2000 finishing second in his class. He then took his Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2004. 

Darren worked for several law firms in

England, including Eversheds which was then the fourth largest law firm in the world.

In England, Darren's practice was purely litigation, acting on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

He gained considerable experience in insurance cases, representing clients in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Darren's career before becoming a lawyer was a colourful one. He first qualified as a carpenter, finishing top of his class each year at the Isle of Wight College of Arts and Technology. He received two industry awards: one for "Top Carpenter"; the other for "Top Apprentice - All Trades".

After completing his apprenticeship, and spending some time travelling in the U.S.A., Darren joined the British Prison Service in 1992 with the intention of becoming a specialist Physical Education Instructor, primarily to enable him to indulge his passion for martial arts.

Darren resigned his position as a Prison Officer to join the Intelligence Corps of the British Army in 1994. Darren was awarded "Best Recruit" and posted to serve with 22 Special Air Service. He saw service on covert operations in several theatres.

Darren, together with his wife and children, arrived in Calgary in January of 2007. Darren was called to the Bar in Alberta in July of 2009. Darren practices exclusively in the areas of Family Law and Civil Litigation.


If you wish to speak to Darren his direct dial telephone number is 403-538-2105. Alternatively, you may contact Darren via email darren@freestonlaw.com

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