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Collective labour law is truly a niche area and genuine expertise can be difficult to find. With demand increasing dramatically in the present political climate, Littleton barristers are ideally placed to guide solicitors, and their employer or union clients, through this technical and high-profile area.

As would be expected given Littleton excellent reputation for injunctive work, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide top quality pragmatic advice in the fast-moving and sensitive field of industrial disputes.

Key cases include:

  • BA v Unite at both High Court and Court of Appeal level
  • Milford Haven Port Authority v Unite [2010] EWCA Civ 400
  • Gate Gourmet v TGWU [2005] IRLR 881
  • University College Hospital v UNISON [1999] ICR 204

In the recent past, there has been a significant increase in litigation concerned with industrial action, and chambers’ workload has increased accordingly.

Littleton members have co-authored one of the leading textbooks in this field; "The Law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition" (2004) OUP (Bowers, Reade and Duggan) and have published in this area in major academic journals.

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