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Charlene Ashiru [Hawkins]


Charlene became a tenant after successfully completing pupillage at Littleton.  She practises in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, regulatory matters and sports law.  Before coming to Littleton she obtained a First Class law degree from Oxford University and a Masters in Law (LL.M) from the University of Toronto, which included papers in Business Organisations, Intellectual Property, Labour Law and Discrimination.

Instructing solicitors describe Charlene as "intelligent”, "clear” and "approachable” and have commended her work as being "of the highest standard” demonstrating "maturity and good judgement”.  They have been impressed by her "communication skills and ability to respond quickly and accurately”.

Recent Cases:

High Court

  • OAMPS (UK) Limited and another v (1) Eagles and (2) Caroll and Partners Limited (QBD): led by Selwyn Bloch QC and Adam Solomon, acting for the Claimant on an eight day speedy trial in respect of a claim for breach of fiduciary duties, breach of post-termination restrictive covenants and dishonest assistance.  The case settled before trial.
  • Shuttleworth v Cape Industrial Services Limited (QBD): led by Andrew Stafford QC, appearing on behalf of the Claimant in the preliminary stages of a claim for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract.
  • QA Limited v Payne (QBD): acting for the Defendant against a claim for breach of contract and post-termination restrictive covenants.
  • Markit Valuations Limited v Thurston (QBD): led by Shirley Bothroyd, acting for the Defendant in a claim brought against him for an injunction and damages in respect of post-termination restrictive covenants.  The case was listed for a 5 day trial in October 2011 but settled beforehand.

County Court

  • Mussa v Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited: acting for the Defendant in a claim for breach of contract in respect of a motor vehicle.
  • Smith v Phillips: acting for the Claimant in her claim against her husband’s trustee in bankruptcy for breach of trust in respect of an endowment policy.
  • Hussein v Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited: acting for the Defendant in having the Claimant’s claim for breach of contract struck out at an interlocutory hearing.
  • Francisco v Skeggs and another: acting for the Defendants in a claim for the repayment of a loan. 


  • Iteshi v Office of Water Services UKEAT/0178/11/DM: defending an appeal against the strike out of race discrimination claims at a pre-hearing review.
  • TSSA and Others v Jarvis Rail Limited and others (ET): acting for one of the respondents, BAM Nuttall Limited, in the litigation stemming from the collapse of Jarvis Rail Limited and its sister companies, Fastline Limited and Jarvis plc.  When the claim commenced there were over 300 claimants and 17 respondents.
  • Mabaso v Metroline Travel Limited (ET): following a 5 day hearing, persuading the Tribunal to dismiss all of the Claimant’s claims, including unfair dismissal, disability related discrimination, direct race discrimination, breach of contract and unlawful deduction from wages.
  • Webb v News International (ET): acting for a private investigator who carried out surveillance work for the News of the World (and who has been questioned as part of the Leveson Inquiry) in his claim against the newspaper following the extraordinary circumstances of its closure.
  • Waterhouse v United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (ET): acting for the Claimant in a whistleblowing and constructive unfair dismissal claim that has been listed for an 8 day hearing.


Charlene is well equipped to deal with all aspects of contractual and other disputes and insolvency proceedings.  She has experience of cases concerning:

  • breach of contract;
  • breach of trust;
  • restrictive covenants;
  • breach of fiduciary duty;
  • wrongful dismissal and bonus claims;
  • conflict of interests;
  • bribery; and
  • undue influence. 

Charlene has appeared in a variety of matters in the High Court, Companies Court and County Courts, as well as drafting pleadings and other documents and advising in respect of commercial disputes.

In addition, Charlene also gained experience in large scale litigation and commercial negotiations at one of Singapore’s largest law firms, Rajah and Tann.


Charlene has been instructed by both claimants and respondents at all stages of proceedings, including successfully appearing in the EAT.  She has gained experience in a wide array of employment cases in the following areas:

  • unfair dismissal;
  • sex, race, disability, religion/belief and age discrimination;
  • whistleblowing;
  • TUPE transfers (including the large scale collapse of a company resulting in a claim being brought by over 300 employees);
  • employee status;
  • fixed term employees;
  • working time;
  • unlawful deductions from wages;
  • unjustifiable discipline by a trade union; and
  • commercial employment disputes including restrictive covenants, employment issues in insolvency scenarios, and industrial action.


Charlene also benefits from experience in conducting disciplinary/grievance procedures and regulatory matters.  She has been instructed to carry out a delicate whistleblowing investigation concerning allegations of, inter alia, disability discrimination.  She is well versed in managing such situations efficiently and cost effectively whilst exercising the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.

Charlene’s experience in regulatory matters includes:

  • acting for a social worker in respect of a complaint of misconduct in front of the General Social Care Council; and
  • acting for a dispensing optician in respect of a matter in front of the General Optical Council.

    Education & Awards


  • First Class BA (Jurisprudence), Oxford University
  • LL.M, University of Toronto
  • Bar Vocational Course, ICSL (2007-2008)


  • Harold G Fox Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Astbury Award, BVC Major Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Littleton Chambers Prize for the best performance in the Labour Law FHS paper
  • Quarrell-Read Prize, Exeter College, Oxford

    Publications & Talks


  • Co-Author of Atkins on Equal Opportunities


Recent topics include:

  • Fixed-Term Employees, London Borough of Camden, 2 November 2011
  • Some other Substantial Reason & Whistleblowing, Legal & General, 10 August 2011

    Professional Memberships

  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Industrial Law Society (ILS)
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)