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How to handle an Urgent High Court Employment Dispute:


An in-depth practical course for Associates in six 1 hour or less on-line sessions

It’s not too late to join this highly practical course. If you register now by emailing then you will be sent all the course materials so far as well as links to recordings of the two sessions which you have missed.

The remaining sessions are (all 5 pm): Thursday 11th June 2020, Thursday 18th June 2020, Thursday 25th June 2020 and Thursday 2nd July 2020.

All online sessions will be on Microsoft Live Event; a recording of each session will be available afterwards.

Do you want to use lockdown to gain an in-depth understanding of how to handle all aspects of an urgent High Court Employment Dispute? 

This intensive training programme will be delivered over six 1 hour weekly online sessions. In an updated and enhanced repeat of a popular series of presentations given in 2015, Chris Quinn and a team of expert barristers from Littleton will walk you through the handling of an urgent High Court employment dispute. The programme is designed to ensure that, by the end, you feel as if you have run an employment case in the High Court from start to finish. Each session will introduce you to at least 2 juniors/ silks from Littleton.

The programme is offered free of charge to associates and comprises six 1 hour online webinars. Helpful written materials will be produced to accompany each session. Please forward this invitation to other members of your team. 


Principles, Rules and Cases: the essentials 

In the first session we were introduced to the dispute which underpins the entire programme and were taken through the essential legal principles, rules and cases so as to ensure that you are fully up-to-date with the fast-moving law in this area, including blue-pencilling. Our two speakers were Grahame Anderson and Sophia Berry.

Tactics, Evidence Gathering, Suspension and letters before action

In the second session, with Kieran Wilson and Niran de Silva, the dispute kicked into gear with the discovery of suspicious conduct and a dodgy email. Advice was received from Counsel as to all aspects of initial evidence-gathering including various “do’s and don’ts”. Just as with any real dispute, your client also wanted to know whether or not it should suspend the alleged wrongdoer(s). In addition there was the matter of a letter before action to be prepared.

Everything you need to know about ex parte applications/ acting for employees

The third session is in two parts: (a) all the possible applications that can be made on an ex parte application and the rules specific to these; material non-disclosure and (b) acting for defendants/ issues as to legal representation. Our two barristers will be Stuart Sanders and David Reade QC. 

Interim applications in practice 

In light of a dramatic development in the team move case under consideration, we prepare for a first contested interim application, including a draft Order and consider the range of costs orders that may be made at the interim stage.

We then consider a possible interim application which explores the limits of what a Court will order prior to trial and, finally, discuss computer imaging orders.

Our two barristers will be James Green and Charlotte Davies. 

Preparing for a speedy trial 

In light of the outcome of the interim skirmishing, we move on, with the assistance of Bianca Balmelli and Anirudh Mathur, to consider typical directions to take this sort of dispute to speedy trial including consideration of split trials. This fifth session also provides guidance as to Part 36 protection and the pros and cons of costs budgeting.

All other aspects of preparation such as dealing with disclosure, instruction of experts and preparation of witness statements will also be explored as well as the special measures which are in place to ensure that both interim hearings and speedy trials can take place in present circumstances

Trial, Remedies and costs 

The sixth and final session sees an unexpected development which needs to be addressed by the legal team just before the speedy trial begins and then moves on, after judgment has been given to address the vital considerations arising at the end of any trial, speedy or otherwise, specifically the range of remedies which comes into play in employee competition cases and all issues arising as to costs.

The barristers for our final session will be Alex Robson, Gavin Mansfield QC and Ben Gray.  


Chris Quinn is a highly sought-after litigator in any breakdown of an employment or senior corporate relationship which is likely to end up in Court. His litigation skills are second-to-none and, as a result he is very frequently instructed in the High Court as well as in high-value Employment Tribunal claims.

According to the directories Chris “is often the first port of call in high-value City disputes and is particularly recommended for injunctive relief cases.”

Many but by no means all of Chris’ cases result in speedy trials. In respect of trial advocacy, Chambers and Partners describes him as being “a tremendous cross-examiner and effective fighter” who “produces clear, crisp and persuasive arguments”.

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