"An employment chambers at the forefront of the market, fully equipped to undertake the full gamut of complex and high-value matters, particularly in High Court cases with severe reputational risk. With its sizeable employment group Littleton offers enviable strength in depth across numerous sectors including financial services and healthcare, and its members are frequently sought out to undertake highly complex cases.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
Littleton is a leading set in employment law. Ranked consistently in the top tier of the legal directories, we excel at providing the "full package” of employment specialists; renowned silks, expert and committed senior-juniors and up and coming junior-juniors. Chambers & Partners observes that "for many commentators, Littleton is the first port of call for employment advice".
We appear in the High Court, County Courts, Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the higher appellate courts and the European Courts of Justice. In respect of the ET and EAT, we appear not only in England and Wales, but also in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
Littleton is renowned for its expertise in the ‘crossover’ area of work between employment and commercial law, and this is what sets us apart from other chambers. We often undertake litigation (frequently injunctive proceedings) in the civil courts and we appear in the majority of landmark cases.
Key cases include:
- Malik v BCCI  A.C. 20: implied term of mutual trust and confidence
- Foley v Post Office  IRLR 827 (CA): range of reasonable responses test
- Bear Scotland v Fulton  ICR 221: landmark holiday pay case
- Bates van Winkelhof v Clyde & Co:  IRLR 641 (SC) – worker status of LLP members
- TFI Derivatives; Tullett; Kulkarni and Celtec v Astley
- Johnson v Unisys  1 AC 518 and Dunnachie v Hull CC  1 AC 226: compensation available in unfair dismissal cases and delineating the "Johnson exclusion area”
- Madarassy v Nomura  IRLR 246 (CA) and Barton v Investec  IRLR 332: burden of proof in discrimination
- TFI Derivatives Ltd v Morgan  IRLR 246: modern approach for restrictive covenant injunctions
- SG & R Valuation Service v Boudrais  IRLR 770: garden leave injunctions
- Tullett Prebon v BGC Brokers  EWHC 484: detailed treatment of team moves
- Kulkarni v Milton Keynes NHS Trust  ICR 101
- Celtec v Astley  IRLR 647 (ECJ)  IRLR 635 (HL): TUPE
We are active members of the Employment Law Bar Association, Employment Lawyers Association and Industrial Law Society.
We publish widely in this field. See publications and comments for details. Several part-time Employment Tribunal Judges are also members at Littleton.