Charlene has an extensive commercial litigation and employment law practice, including arbitrations and ADR. She has a particular interest in all forms of interim and injunctive relief, and business protection issues such as team moves, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of restrictive covenants and misuse of confidential information, as well as other forms of intellectual property disputes and economic torts.
Having had considerable exposure to advocacy and winning over a Judge, Charlene is well equipped for instructions at all stages of legal and arbitral proceedings, including appellate work. She is an excellent analyst and tactician and is particularly valued for her practical and sensible strategic advice at an early stage so as to shape the case going forwards.
Charlene has been commended for her “magnificent attention to detail”, “communication skills” and “ability to respond quickly and accurately”. She is well-known for her commercial approach and client-friendly manner and has been described as “intelligent”, “clear” and “approachable”, demonstrating “maturity and good judgement”.
Before coming to Littleton, Charlene 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.
Charlene’s commercial litigation practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial law and procedure, including international disputes involving conflict of laws, commercial contract, company and partnership law, directors’ and fiduciary duties and commercial agency, as well as disputes involving confidential information and intellectual property. She is adept at getting to grips with complex facts quickly and finding the approach that best fits the client’s commercial interests, both legally and tactically.
Charlene is regularly instructed in matters in the High Court and County Courts, as well as in relation to general advisory work and large-scale disclosure exercises involving issues of privilege.
Examples of her recent work in this area include:
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 a keen interest in international and domestic arbitrations and ADR. As a commercial litigator with an abundance of advocacy experience, Charlene is well placed to represent clients in all forms of arbitration and dispute resolution.
Charlene has also gained invaluable experience of all stages of arbitration, both procedurally and substantively, whilst sitting as Arbitral Secretary to Lord Hacking, Charles Samek QC and Michael Collett QC on an LCIA arbitration concerning a cross-border commodities dispute.
As an active member of the Littleton Arbitration steering group in Chambers, Charlene welcomes instructions in all arbitral matters and ADR, whether as sole Counsel or as part of a wider legal team, or as Arbitral Secretary.
Charlene’s practice has a particular focus on the full range of business protection issues, including breach of confidence, post-termination restrictive covenants, team moves and fiduciary duties, acting for and advising both the gamekeeper or the ex-employee/poacher alike.
Examples of her work in this area include:
Charlene has extensive experience of all aspects of statutory and contractual employment law. She has been instructed by both claimants and respondents at all stages of proceedings, including successful appearances in the EAT, and is regularly sought out for complex, multi-day unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and/or TUPE cases.
Notable EAT cases include:
Examples of recent ET cases include:
Charlene also benefits from experience in conducting disciplinary/grievance procedures and investigations. 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 also regularly gives seminars, talks and training in relation to her core practice areas listed above.
Recent topics include: