John Bowers QC

Commanding the respect of the judges for many years, John Bowers QC is one of the premier employment barristers in the UK and is co-head of Littleton Chambers. Lauded by legal directories and the legal press for his intellectual and technical abilities, clients have praised John for his “towering intellect” while one was quoted as saying he has “a brain the size of a planet”. He has also been described as “an employment law rock star”.  After a recent case in which John appeared for BP, Jeffrey Heller of BP Legal wrote how they "... have rarely come across legal talent that could come close to comparison with John".

John is consistently rated as a Leading Silk in employment law by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, who describe him in the following terms:

  • "insightful, co-operative and confident" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  •  “very bright and enormously experienced” (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  •   “lovely to deal with and goes over and above the call of duty for his clients” (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  •   “the world’s nicest man as well as a great lawyer” (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  •   “a good team player who delivers speedy responses” (Legal 500 2012)

John was also awarded Chambers & Partners Employment Silk of the Year 2010.

A frequent lecturer on employment law, John has written 15 books including Bowers on Employment Law (now in its Seventh Edition), The Law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition and Whistleblowing. He [co-wrote] Blackstones’ Employment Law Practice each year from 2006 until the present and is a frequent contributor to the Law Society Gazette, New Law Journal and the Industrial Law Journal. He is also an editor of Atkins Court Forms and is listed as the 4th most reported advocate in the Industrial Relations Law Reports (IRLR).

A CEDR trained mediator, John was the coordinator of the Workplace Mediation Project which looks into the use of mediation in sexual harassment cases.

After attending Mathew Humberstone Comprehensive School , John gained a scholarship to Lincoln College, Oxford where he graduated with a First Class. He then did a Bachelor of Civil Law. He was called to the Bar in 1979 and took silk in 1998. He has been in turn a Member of the Committee of the Industrial Law Society, the Employment Law Association and Honorary Legal Advisor at Turnpike Lane Advice Centre. He currently carries out work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.  John has also been recently appointed to be a member of the Governing Council at the University of Kent.