Areas of work

A summary of Littleton's main areas of work is set out below. Click on the hyperlinked text to see more detailed information on our work in these areas in the main website.

Employment law encompasses a vast range of disputes between individuals and their employers whether in the Employment Tribunal or in the civil courts. Employment cases, particularly in the discrimination field, frequently make the headlines, and this is a fast-moving and exciting area of law with plenty of opportunity for advocacy from a very early stage. As well as disputes with individual employees, members of chambers are frequently instructed in large-scale collective employment disputes between trade unions and employers. More senior practitioners undertake a large amount of injunctive work where urgent court intervention is necessary, for example to prevent a former employee wrongly soliciting colleagues and customers, to ensure that a professional disciplinary process is not conducted without adequate safeguards, or even to prevent an unlawful strike.

We were named Employment Set of the Year for 2009 by Chambers & Partners and are ranked in the top band in both of the leading legal directories (Chambers & Partners and Legal 500) for our employment work. The directories note that “this set demonstrates quality throughout its ranks, offering “top-drawer specialist barristers” and “excellent junior juniors””.

Commercial law incorporates banking, commercial fraud, company and insolvency disputes, litigation arising in the entertainment, media and sports industries, as well as public law claims. These claims are often very high value, with well-informed and successful clients demanding incisive and thorough advice grounded in a ‘real world’ commercial sense. Complex commercial litigation, often involving a team of lawyers led by a silk, requires intellectual rigour, detailed analysis and an unflappable approach from all those involved.

Disciplinary & Regulatory: Littleton Members continue to operate at the very cutting edge, having been involved in cases which are marking out the landscape of this exciting area; as well as possessing the specialist knowledge and experience to conduct day to day matters in the broadest range of disciplinary and regulatory contexts. Each and every one of these practitioners in this field has the advantage of cross-disciplinary experience, shared within Chambers' Disciplinary & Regulatory Group ("DRG"), as well as the sensitivity to apply their ample advocacy skills in the right way in this area of law.

Sport: Littleton barristers have extensive experience in sports work at all levels from individual athlete disciplinary hearings to injunctions to restrain changes to sporting regulations; competition law to high value commercial disputes; anti-doping to image rights agreements. Littleton members sit as chairman, panel members or appear at Football Association arbitrations, Premier League arbitrations and related appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport or otherwise. They are also instructed in high-profile actions in the High Court, tribunals or before internal disciplinary panels in a range of sports-related commercial, employment and disciplinary/regulatory disputes

Professional negligence includes claims against legal, financial and medical professionals. Often involving insurers, this area of work requires excellent judgment to be able to give sound advice as to prospects at all stages. Depending on the subject matter of the case, barristers also require the mental agility to quickly get to grips with an unfamiliar area of professional expertise.

Mediation and arbitration are alternative forms of dispute resolution designed to avoid the need for cases to be litigated in court. Littleton Chambers was in the vanguard as ADR developed and its place in the legal world attained wide recognition. Now several senior members of chambers combine mediation and/or arbitration practices with their contentious work. This means that junior tenants quickly become familiar with ADR principles and are well placed to provide strategic advice to clients on its use.