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"Superb set, a go-to chambers for matters with a partnership and employment law overlap."

Legal 500 2023

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Partnership & LLP

Go-to set for matters that require employment and partnership expertise and an ability to litigate across a variety of forums.”

(Legal 500 2023)


Littleton’s partnership group has significant expertise across the full range of partnership and LLP disputes. Work includes:

  • Sensitive internal matters involving alleged misconduct (including workplace misconduct), ensuing investigations and potential (or past) expulsions;
  • Partner/LLP member team moves and contentious exits, often involving disputes over covenants and confidential information;
  • Commercial disputes where partnerships or LLPs have been used to structure relationships between businesses.

The team is rated in both Chambers & Partners and L500 as a leading partnership set. 2020 feedback includes:

Littleton Chambers is “an impressive set with a good mix of top QCs and very talented juniors”. In terms of partnership law instructions, members have particular expertise in team moves and partner exits relating to firms of solicitors and other professional services firms. L500 UK Bar

Littleton Chambers uses its traditional strength and expertise in employment law to impressive effect in the partnership arena, thereby earning a place in the rankings this year. In addition to representing individual partners in acrimonious exits, the set also handles such matters as team moves and advises on partner expulsions. Its members are particularly good at handling cases with confidentiality issues and cater to a client base that includes firms in a number of industry sectors. Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

Littleton barristers are familiar with the litigation of partnership/LLP disputes:

  • In arbitration;
  • In the High Court;
  • In Employment Tribunals;
  • Internationally

Our client base includes professional and financial services partnerships for whom members have acted as trusted advisers for many years, and individual partners or LLP members who have found themselves facing challenging situations including injunction proceedings, potential expulsion, or investigations.

Many of the matters in which Littleton barristers are involved are sensitive. Cases that have become public include:

  • Bates van Winkelhof v Clyde & Co LLP and another, in which four Littleton barristers appeared in the Supreme Court;
  • Wilsons Solicitors LLP v Roberts, leading Court of Appeal case on interplay between LLP law and Employment Rights Act.
  • Partridge v Harrington, Bentley and Bentley Harrington, dispute over the partnership owning Unilad.
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