Littleton Chambers

Employment Department

London (Bar)
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Possesses an impressive bench of leading practitioners who are frequently involved on both sides, in all forms of employment disputes. Members are regularly instructed in matters involving discrimination, whistle-blowing, sexual harassment and equal pay, including the high-profile actions facing the BBC and the supermarkets. The barristers also display particular prowess in cases relating to the enforcement of restrictive covenants. The set's excellence and wide-ranging expertise is demonstrated at all levels, with barristers having appeared in numerous leading Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases. For instance, counsel recently took the lead in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, a major test case on the issue of the national minimum wage for sleep-in workers.

Client service: "The clerking is second to none: they provide a personal service and go out of their way to call you straight back and sort things out for you." The clerking team is led by Jason Drakeford.

Adam Solomon QC
Represents both employees and employers in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. He is recognised for his expertise in post-employment litigation such as high-value team moves, restrictive covenant enforcement and confidential information issues.
Strengths: "He's a strong, punchy advocate who really commands the tribunal and courtroom." "He wins confidence quickly and makes you feel like you are in a very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Represented Egon Zehnder, a recruitment firm, in its successful Supreme Court appeal on the enforceability of a restrictive covenant in respect of one of its former consultants. The Supreme Court found that the restrictive covenant could be rendered reasonable, and therefore enforceable, because the words 'or interested' (in a competing business) could be severed from it without affecting its overall meaning.

Alexander Robson
Handles a swathe of employment matters in the High Court, including TUPE, discrimination, unfair dismissal, bonuses and restrictive covenants. His employment practice benefits from his strength in commercial law.
Strengths: "He is incredibly thorough and is prepared to go the extra mile. He's readily available, totally approachable, commercially very clued up and an excellent advocate." "Super conscientious, hard-working and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for an IT company in an application for springboard relief and damages against eight defendants who allegedly unlawfully poached 24 employees in order to set up a competing business.

Antony Sendall
Considerably experienced barrister renowned for his knowledge of injunction and whistle-blowing cases. He handles other matters in addition, including dismissal and TUPE, and has both court and tribunal experience.
Strengths: "A very practical and pragmatic barrister who gets into the nitty-gritty of the case." "A good fighter who provides clear advice."

Carol Davis
Handles complex tribunal cases, focusing particularly on sensitive whistle-blowing and discrimination cases. She also has noted experience in cases relating to termination and pay.
Strengths: "A tenacious advocate who has an excellent client manner, and is able to master and understand the issues and commercial considerations quickly." "Very bright, offering brilliant written work and really strong client skills."
Recent work: Acted for two respondents in relation to a claim brought by a former assistant of Harvey Weinstein, who alleged that she was subjected to serious acts of sexual harassment and abuse. Since in places the working relationship between the claimant and the respondents was distant, the case considered the 'knowingly aided' provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

Charlene Ashiru
A strong advocate and a client-friendly junior who enjoys a varied caseload which covers claims relating to discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing.
Strengths: "A very effective advocate who punches above her year of call." "Really impressive: bright, able and hard-working."

Charlotte Davies
Runs a successful employment practice that intersects with commercial law. She specialises in High Court proceedings relating to restrictive covenants, unlawful competition and business protection. She also handles more traditional employment law matters such as dismissal and discrimination claims. She often advises clients from the financial services sector.
Strengths: "Her client relationship skills are exceptional; she just puts clients at ease and instils great confidence." "Goes the extra mile to be available when the case demands."
Recent work: Acted for Stifel in the defence of claims of disability discrimination and unfair dismissal brought by a former senior executive.

Chris Quinn
A seasoned practitioner who is regularly instructed in highly acrimonious and complex employment disputes. He provides forensic expertise in matters relating to breach of duty, dishonesty, restrictive covenants and whistle-blowing.
Strengths: "He is fearless and completely secure when on his feet, and is tactically astute and provides very clear and accurate guidance."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in an age and race discrimination claim brought against the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, which had allegedly shown preference to a younger, Australian colleague.

Dale Martin QC
Well versed in complex and high-value multi-claimant litigation, and has a growing reputation in injunctive and appellate proceedings. He also has experience of claims relating to holiday pay, and has acted in high-profile cases relating to equal pay.
Strengths: "He masters the detail and gives good, sound, incredibly commercial advice." "Very sharp-witted, clear and great with clients."
Recent work: Acted in Ahmed v Sainsbury's Supermarkets, one of three joint Court of Appeal appeals on the high-profile issue of equal pay for supermarket employees, following successful arguments before the Employment Appeal Tribunal on the question of whether 1,000 claims could be presented as multiple claims, and whether they relied on the same set of facts.

Daniel Tatton-Brown QC
Impressive silk who centres his practice on employee competition litigation, tribunal claims and appellate work in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. He has knowledge of a raft of different issues including discrimination, whistle-blowing, collective labour law and redundancy.
Strengths: "Incredibly attentive, responsive and supportive." "He's incredibly quick on his feet and exudes authority."
Recent work: Acted for Double Negative, a leading Soho-based special effects studio, in bringing claims against a former employee who shared footage showing secret material with a friend, who subsequently posted it online.

David Reade QC
Hugely respected silk with expertise that spans the gamut of employment law. His prowess includes TUPE, restrictive covenants, discrimination and employment status cases. He is known for leading landmark disputes in the UK and across Europe, including those which intersect with partnership and pensions law, as well as those considering the entitlement to minimum wage in various contexts.
Strengths: "His reputation is well deserved. Even better, he appears unaware of it. He remains very commercial and insightful, user-friendly and responsive: a pleasure to work with." "An exceptional advocate who is highly creative and provides effective solutions."
Recent work: Successfully overturned an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in the Court of Appeal, in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, a case considering whether care workers were entitled to the national minimum wage for sleep-in shifts.

Edward Kemp
Offers cross-disciplinary expertise in employment, commercial and professional negligence matters. He is commended for his deft handling of whistle-blowing cases. His practice is international in scope, and his domestic practice has seen him in courts of all levels up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very impressive, thorough, and very good in court." "He is very friendly and approachable, and builds a good rapport with our clients. He is quick to understand the issues at hand, and an extremely effective advocate who we see as our first port of call when seeking counsel."
Recent work: Instructed to represent Mohamoud Ahmed, a former employee of the Qatari embassy in London, in a claim for race discrimination against the State of Qatar and its Medical Attaché, as well as related human rights claims against the UK government.

Gavin Mansfield QC
Highly regarded silk known for his injunctive work, handling high-profile restraint of trade and team move cases in the High Court. He has noted expertise in representing clients in the professional services, financial services and insurance sectors.
Strengths: "He's very good on his feet and very persuasive. You really feel as though the court is eating out of his hands." "He's superb: extremely client-friendly, able to get to the point very quickly and a tenacious advocate."

James Wynne
Practises across the full spectrum of employment matters, including discrimination, collective labour law, and contractual and team move disputes. He has significant experience in cases concerning strike action.
Strengths: "He's willing to go the extra mile for his clients and is super calm under pressure." "Incredibly economical, and devastating in his submissions."
Recent work: Represented the BBC in an Employment Tribunal claim brought by the presenter and journalist David Olusoga, alleging that he had been constructively dismissed as a result of being deprived of producing opportunities and pushed into a presenting role.

Jamie Susskind
Increasingly recognised for his work acting in complex and high-profile litigation in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. He offers notable expertise handling whistle-blowing, harassment and TUPE matters, often acting as sole counsel.
Strengths: "A very bright and hard-working junior with an excellent mind and a very punchy writing style: undoubtedly a star of the future."
Recent work: Successfully represented former employees of a subsidiary of AIG, in claims totalling over USD100 million in bonuses which the firm had refused to pay on intervention by the Attorney General of New York, following a US government bailout of the firm in 2008.

Jeremy Lewis
Employment barrister who frequently engages in leading whistle-blowing claims and transfers of undertakings. He also has notable experience with issues of unfair dismissal, equal pay and garden leave.
Strengths: "A very incisive lawyer who has good attention to detail and excellent technical ability." "A thorough and detailed advocate who is very helpful and well prepared."
Recent work: Successfully obtained interim relief in an application to enforce restrictive covenants and for springboard relief, arising from the departing senior management of a clothing business allegedly setting up a competing firm during their notice period.

John Mehrzad QC
Recognised for his sporting and employment practice, which sees him representing senior executives and notable sporting figures in complex issues requiring in-depth industry knowledge. He frequently appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal on business and financial matters in the employment space. He receives additional praise for his work on injunction and business protection matters.
Strengths: "Very much a barrister in his prime: extremely user-friendly and spectacularly good." "He combines an expert grasp of the law with a real understanding of the business context."
Recent work: Defended a claim brought by Middlesbrough FC, alleging that Birmingham City FC had induced an outgoing Middlesbrough manager and a team of backroom staff to breach their contracts, by recruiting them as a team before the end of a specified period covered by restrictive covenants.

Jonathan Cohen QC
A reliable silk who focuses his practice on complex issues of fiduciary duties and serious fraud. Sources also consider him to be a go-to advocate for restraint of trade issues and injunctive work.
Strengths: "He's incredibly clever and gives completely decisive advice whenever and however I need it." "He's very bright, very hard-working and completely fearless. He's just outstanding and goes from strength to strength."
Recent work: Acted for a former employee of Harvey Weinstein in a claim for serious and long-standing sex discrimination.

Lucy Bone
Represents corporate and financial services clients in a range of employment issues. Her cases often contain crossover issues relating to other practice areas such as IP, partnership and company law. She frequently acts in cases concerning team moves and restrictive covenants.
Strengths: "She is extremely knowledgeable in this area, is very responsive and gives very clear advice." "She works tirelessly to achieve a satisfactory outcome for the client."
Recent work: Successfully defended the hedge fund Alleston Capital against claims involving complex technical arguments concerning discretionary bonuses, concerning whether dismissal to avoid paying a bonus was in breach of the implied term of trust and confidence, or whether it fell within the Johnson v Unisys exclusion zone.

Martin Fodder
Experienced practitioner who is highly praised for his expertise in whistle-blowing cases, having written a leading textbook on the subject. He is also known for his TUPE and discrimination work, and regularly receives instructions from notable public bodies.
Strengths: "A barrister who has a really good profile in the area of employment law."
Recent work: Acted for Cheshire East Council in defence of a whistle-blowing claim brought by a former employee.

Matthew Sheridan
Predominantly involved in disputes relating to unlawful competition and business protection matters, but also deals with more traditional employment law matters such as whistle-blowing and discrimination.
Strengths: "Incredibly accessible, very user-friendly and smart; he brought real added value to the case." "Very hard-working, diligent, bright, and offers great attention to detail."
Recent work: Acted for a number of former employees of a short-term lender, in resisting a High Court application for interim injunctions to enforce post-termination restrictive covenants.

Ming-Yee Shiu
Recognised for her technical expertise in employment, as well as her complementary commercial practice which often sees her in cases involving board members or senior executives of large organisations. She focuses mainly on injunctive relief and restrictive covenant matters and has experience of advocating in the High Court.
Strengths: "She is tirelessly dedicated to the case and is very knowledgeable about commercial High Court litigation." "Very intelligent, responsive and good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for BMC Software as appellant before the Court of Appeal, in relation to a claim for constructive unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and equal pay.

Mohinderpal Sethi QC
Frequently acts for some of the biggest clients in the financial services industry. He is particularly knowledgeable about restrictive covenants and specialises in complex international business protection litigation in the context of restraint of trade and team moves.
Strengths: "Thorough, well prepared and very good with clients." "An impressive court advocate who is very good with judges."
Recent work: Appeared for Sayyed Hussain, a senior energy broker, in the first ever restrictive covenant and confidentiality injunction heard before the Dubai International Financial Centre courts.

Naomi Ellenbogen QC
Joint head of chambers, who acts in high-value disputes on behalf of public and private clients, including multinationals and government bodies. She has expertise relating to a range of employment law matters, such as discrimination, equal pay, TUPE and whistle-blowing.
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable and pragmatic, incredibly personable and good with clients." "Intellectually very gifted and a great advocate."
Recent work: Instructed by the BBC as an independent reviewer of its proposed new pay structures.

Niran de Silva
Utilises his experience as a derivatives broker to handle high-value employment conflicts relating to whistle-blowing, discrimination and restrictive covenants in the financial services sector. He has additional knowledge of multi-claimant equal pay litigation and is noted for his experience representing police forces in various matters.
Strengths: "Very responsive and has an excellent, commercial approach and an engaging client manner." "Extremely thorough and always goes the extra mile to assist."
Recent work: Successfully overturned an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in the Court of Appeal, in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, a case considering whether care workers were entitled to the national minimum wage for sleep-in shifts.

Sam Neaman
Acts for major corporate businesses and government clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, particularly in commercial and injunction employment matters. He also has a recognised specialism in medical employment cases.
Strengths: "An excellent junior who is very committed and turns things around very quickly." "He's tireless and is able to take on difficult points and get to the matter quickly."
Recent work: Acted in the High Court case of Capital Markets Company v Being Technologies and others, in which the claimant sought damages in the region of £250 million for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, employment duties and IP rights against ex-employees.

Selwyn Bloch QC
An industry-leading specialist on restrictive covenant, restraint of trade and confidentiality, who has authored a textbook that is cited in the courts. His international practice sees him acting as lead counsel to clients in the financial services sector in significant team move litigation, particularly when matters overlap with US jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Really user-friendly with clients, incredibly patient and clear, and extremely sharp on restrictive covenant litigation." "Hugely respected in director-level disputes and much liked at the Bar: a very tough, knowledgeable and fair barrister."
Recent work: Acted for a commercial director in defence of a claim by ex-employer Wex to enforce a series of restrictive covenants.