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Call: 2015
Joseph Bryan


Called to the Bar in 2015, Joe became a member of Littleton in October 2016 on completion of his pupillage. He is developing a busy practice in employment law and commercial litigation. Approachable and reliable, Joe has been described by instructing solicitors as “superb, proactive, good at handling and calming down the client” and “at ease with the client and good value from my point of view”. He has also been praised for his “prompt and detailed attention” and “very professional manner”.

Joe has acted as sole counsel in the Employment Tribunal, County Court and the High Court, and has undertaken a range of drafting work in contentious and non-contentious matters alike.

Joe speaks French and German, holding undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Modern Languages, and worked in both France and Germany before coming to the Bar. He was ranked in the top three students in his law conversion course cohort and went on to gain an Outstanding grade in his Bar finals.

For better or worse, Joe travels far and wide to follow his hometown club Manchester United.



Joe has made regular appearances for both claimants and respondents in various Employment Tribunals, as well as drafting pleadings, schedules of loss, witness statements and skeleton arguments, in discrimination, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, redundancy and wages claims, including:

  • Resisting an application for the Employment Judge to recuse himself from a costs/wasted costs application on grounds of bias.
  • Successfully defending a claim for notice pay brought by a former employee of a major casino and obtaining costs for the employer.
  • Giving written advice on merits and quantum in a high-profile unfair dismissal claim for a senior official in local government.
  • Successfully resisting a claim for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract for an IT design firm.
  • Advising in conference on the merits and strategy of defending a claim for unfair dismissal and breach of contract claim for a third-sector client.
  • Obtaining a five-figure settlement and advising on the contents of a COT3 agreement for a claimant in a constructive unfair dismissal claim in the leisure services industry.
  • Appearing for both claimants and respondents at preliminary hearings, preparing PH agendas, lists of issues and skeleton arguments.
  • Advising on applications for costs and wasted costs.
  • Drafting particulars of claim and responses in a range of Employment Tribunal disputes.


Joe has appeared as sole counsel in various commercial claims in the County Court, including:

  • Successfully resisting a claim for an introduction fee brought by a recruitment agency.
  • Successfully defending a breach of contract claim brought against a major telecoms provider.
  • Appearing for a firm of solicitors seeking payment of outstanding fees.

Joe has also advised on civil litigation strategy and has drafted letters before action, pleadings and preliminary applications.

    High Court

Joe has a keen interest in High Court employment matters. During his pupillage he assisted with a number of applications for interim injunctive relief (including in the information technology and insurance sectors).

He has also appeared in the High Court on his own account:

  • On numerous winding-up petitions.
  • In the Masters’ corridor, in a case management hearing as part of litigation concerning breach of restrictive covenants.

Joe is an experienced user of the Relativity electronic disclosure platform, having been instructed as junior counsel on a multi-million-pound investment dispute.


As a pupil, Joe assisted his supervisor and other members of Chambers on various sports-related disputes, including:

  • A constructive unfair dismissal claim brought by the personal assistant of a football agent.
  • Drafting WP correspondence in a dispute between a Premiership rugby club and a coach.

Joe welcomes instructions in sports law, both as sole counsel and led by more senior counsel.

    Education, Scholarships and Prizes

2015: Bar Professional Training Course: Outstanding

2014: Graduate Diploma in Law: Distinction

2012: MSt Modern Languages (University of Oxford): Distinction

2011: BA (Hons) Modern Languages (Durham University): First Class

  • Prize for performance in BPTC finals, Inner Temple (2015)
  • Law First Scholarship, University of Law (2014)
  • Exhibition Award, Inner Temple (2014)
  • Paul Methven Award, Inner Temple (2014)
  • Merton College Graduate Prize (2012)

    Publications and professional memberships

Recent articles:

  • Pie-eating goalkeeper caught offside? Five things you need to know
  • High heels and workplace dress codes – is the law working?
  • Sam Allardyce leaves England post: the law behind the headlines
  • Five things you need to know: Sam Allardyce and alleged misconduct

Professional memberships:

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • ELBA
  • Inner Temple