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Chambers of Gavin Mansfield QC

3 KING'S BENCH WALK NORTH, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7HR, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7797 8600
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Fax 020 7797 8699
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1047 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.littletonchambers.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘heavyweightLittleton Chambers is ‘probably the top employment set’ for complex and emergency instructions. ‘They are happy to roll up their sleeves to the get the right result.’ Chambers is also well known for both commercial litigation and sector specialisms, such as sports law and professional disciplinary cases, and ‘having invested well over recent years is now seen as one of the leading business protection sets in the UK’. ‘There is real strength in depth and go-to barristers range from silks across the spectrum to more recently qualified juniors.’ In recent news, Mohinderpal Sethi (current vice chairs of the Employment Law Bar Association), Dale Martin, and Nicholas Siddall all took silk in 2019, while the set also welcomed international commercial arbitration specialist Louise Barrington as an associate tenant, and commercial litigation junior Alexander Halban joined from 3 Hare Court. Jamie Riley QC and James McWilliams joined 3 Verulam Buildings. Clerking has always been a strong suit of chambers. ‘Solutions-focused’ Jason Drakeford is ‘one of the best senior clerks’ around; ‘a number of sets could learn a trick or two from him on how chambers ought to run’. Deputy senior clerk Daniel Woodbridge ‘provides exceptional service’. Assistants Ian Smethurst and Scott Hersey are ‘always very responsive and willing to assist’. Liz Dux is chambers director. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Leading Juniors

Sam Neaman - Littleton ChambersSam is exceptional – hugely personable, dynamic and good humoured.

Ranked: tier 4

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
2019 Silks

Mohinderpal Sethi QC - Littleton ChambersHas the ability to gain the trust and confidence of his clients; has an authoritative manner and focuses on the detail.

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers has a selection of 'extremely competent and specialist barristers,' who 'have never let me down', according to one instructing solicitor. The set as a whole is praised for being 'cost effective, knowledgeable, client friendly and flexible', and has 'developed a superb commercial dispute practice in recent years', particularly for litigation with 'an employment angle'. Key cases include JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov and Ilyas Khrapunov, in which Charles Samek QC and Marc Delehanty represented Khrapunov.

Top ten under eight years’ call

Ashley Cukier - Littleton ChambersAssured and skilful, an eloquent orator on his feet, and trusted by our team.

Leading Silks

Charles Samek QC - Littleton ChambersTells it like it is and does not sugar-coat his advice, that means clients trust him.

Ranked: tier 4

David Read QC - Littleton ChambersAbsolutely superb all-round specialist.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Adam Solomon QC - Littleton ChambersA tough cross-examiner and effective trial advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Lascelles - Littleton ChambersIncredibly logical and intelligent, and goes the extra mile by always being available.

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert D'Cruz - Littleton ChambersEspecially well regarded for Russia and CIS-related disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Delehanty - Littleton ChambersVery good at cutting through complex and detailed factual circumstances to find the best practical route though a problem.

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Partnership - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Littleton Chambers

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. In one representative instruction, David Reade QC is acting in Cardiff City Football Club v Mr Isaac for the claimant in minority shareholder proceedings.

Partnership - Leading silks

David Reade QC - Littleton ChambersHe does not shy away from untested areas of law and is the person to go to if you want to really push the envelope on legal thinking.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Cohen QC - Littleton ChambersHe is extremely technically adept, a deep strategic thinker and he has your back throughout the case.

Ranked: tier 2

Gavin Mansfield QC - Littleton ChambersHe has a keen eye for detail but is always aware of the bigger picture and understands when a pragmatic and commercial approach is required.

Ranked: tier 3
Partnership - 2019 silks

Mohinderpal Sethi QC - Littleton ChambersA fearless advocate; but one with court instincts.

Ranked: tier 1
Company - Leading juniors

David Lascelles - Littleton ChambersAn excellent technical lawyer with brilliant attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 3
Partnership - Leading juniors

James Bickford Smith - Littleton ChambersAn experienced advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Employment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers is 'a first-rate employment law set' with 'strength and depth of experience from juniors through to leaders in their field' and 'is  viewed as the go-to set for complex employment-related work', particularly business protection and restrictive covenants, as well as 'sector specialisms such as sports law and professional disciplinary cases'. In one highlighted instruction, Gavin Mansfield QC acted for insurance broker Arthur J Gallagher in a major team move between sector rivals, successfully obtaining an interim springboard injunction. In a case with reportedly £400m at stake for the care sector, David Reade QC represents the charity in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, a Court of Appeal test case which concerns if on-call care workers are entitled to be paid the minimum wage while sleeping on site - Unison's appeal will be heard by the Supreme Court in February 2020.

Leading Silks

David Reade QC - Littleton ChambersOne of the leading members of the employment Bar; a strong team player, helpful, inventive, innovative and highly capable.

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Mansfield QC - Littleton ChambersAn impressive advocate who is a pleasure to work with and have as part of the team.

Ranked: tier 2

Naomi Ellenbogen QC - Littleton ChambersForceful, lucid and articulate advocate, superbly prepared, organised and clear-thinking.

Ranked: tier 2

Selwyn Bloch QC - Littleton ChambersThe godfather of restrictive covenants; he is encyclopaedic in his knowledge of restrictive covenant cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Tatton Brown QC - Littleton ChambersThorough, conscientious, deals sensitively and calmly with clients, but is also very hands-on and extremely responsive.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Cohen QC - Littleton ChambersTechnically rigorous, deeply strategic, and is always two steps ahead of the opposition.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Adam Solomon QC - Littleton ChambersA tough cross-examiner and effective trial advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Dale Martin QC - Littleton ChambersDale is technically brilliant and his legal knowledge is outstanding.

Ranked: tier 1

Mohinderpal Sethi QC - Littleton ChambersVery proactive with excellent experience of employee competition work.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Siddall QC - Littleton ChambersAn excellent advocate and extremely diligent in his preparation, standard of work and delivery.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Chris Quinn - Littleton ChambersAn absolutely brilliant cross-examiner who has the best strategic understanding of restrictive covenant claims.

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Kemp - Littleton ChambersAn extremely good and thorough advocate with a very persuasive courtroom manner.

Ranked: tier 1

Sam Neaman - Littleton ChambersOne of the best senior juniors at the Bar for High Court injunctions and complex employment work.

Ranked: tier 1

Antony Sendall - Littleton ChambersAble to digest and get to grips with large volume of documents in a very short space of time.

Ranked: tier 2

Carol Davis - Littleton ChambersVery accessible, has the benefit of a razor-sharp mind and is extremely collegiate and not judgemental.

Ranked: tier 2

Jeremy Lewis - Littleton ChambersTireless attention to detail and prepares cases for the tribunal with unparalleled diligence and commitment.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Sheridan - Littleton ChambersHe is hugely personable, hardworking, great team player, has a sharp intellect and good all-around legal knowledge.

Ranked: tier 2

Charlotte Davies - Littleton ChambersEasy to work with, very responsive and extremely intelligent.

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Rajgopaul - Littleton ChambersA star of the future who combines user-friendliness with a razor-sharp intellect and incisiveness.

Ranked: tier 3

John Mehrzad - Littleton ChambersImpeccable and technically excellent; a go-to barrister for business protection work and any employment dispute with a High Court angle.

Ranked: tier 3

Lucy Bone - Littleton ChambersGets to the nub of the issue quickly and handles difficult clients well.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Fodder - Littleton ChambersSafe pair of hands for any whistleblowing query with outstanding knowledge in this complex area.

Ranked: tier 3

Ming-Yee Shiu - Littleton ChambersHardworking and of great assistance, completely on top of the detail, and showing good judgement.

Ranked: tier 3

Lydia Banerjee - Littleton ChambersA future star of the Bar with all the required legal skill sets that exudes a sense of calm control.

Ranked: tier 4

Niran de Silva - Littleton ChambersReally knows about financial services-related employment work and a pleasure to deal with.

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: civil
Leading Silks

Charles Samek QC - Littleton ChambersA very good advocate, strong on the law and with good commercial sense.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Cohen QC - Littleton ChambersTotally committed to his client's interests, he fights very hard, but in a strategic and thoughtful way.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Marc Delehanty - Littleton ChambersVery good at cutting through complex and detailed factual circumstances to find the best practical route.

Ranked: tier 2

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International arbitration: counsel
Leading Juniors

Rupert d'Cruz - Littleton ChambersAn extremely able and experienced lawyer.

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
2018 Silks

Adam Solomon QC - Littleton ChambersHe dismantles each point with clinical skill.

Ranked: tier 1

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
2018 Silks

Adam Solomon QC - Littleton ChambersA dynamic trial advocate; clients love him.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Carol Davis - Littleton ChambersShe is very responsive and gets on top of the issues quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘heavyweightLittleton Chambers is ‘probably the top employment set’ for complex and emergency instructions. ‘They are happy to roll up their sleeves to the get the right result.’ Chambers is also well known for both commercial litigation and sector specialisms, such as sports law and professional disciplinary cases, and ‘having invested well over recent years is now seen as one of the leading business protection sets in the UK’. ‘There is real strength in depth and go-to barristers range from silks across the spectrum to more recently qualified juniors.’ In recent news, Mohinderpal Sethi (current vice chairs of the Employment Law Bar Association), Dale Martin, and Nicholas Siddall all took silk in 2019, while the set also welcomed international commercial arbitration specialist Louise Barrington as an associate tenant, and commercial litigation junior Alexander Halban joined from 3 Hare Court. Jamie Riley QC and James McWilliams joined 3 Verulam Buildings. Clerking has always been a strong suit of chambers. ‘Solutions-focused’ Jason Drakeford is ‘one of the best senior clerks’ around; ‘a number of sets could learn a trick or two from him on how chambers ought to run’. Deputy senior clerk Daniel Woodbridge ‘provides exceptional service’. Assistants Ian Smethurst and Scott Hersey are ‘always very responsive and willing to assist’. Liz Dux is chambers director. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers has a particular strength at the interface of sports and employment law. David Reade QC and Lydia Banerjee represented former Great Britain cyclist Jess Varnish in an employment tribunal case over alleged sex discrimination, with many issues turning around the status of funded athletes as employees; an appeal is planned. Turning to governance issues, John Mehrzad chaired an independent review into the governance of the British Equestrian Federation, the umbrella body for most equine sports other than horse racing.

Leading Silks

David Reade QC - Littleton ChambersHe represents athletes in high-profile labour law matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Gilroy QC - Littleton ChambersThe undisputed leader in the field of manager-club employment issues.

Ranked: tier 2
2019 Silks

Nicholas Siddall QC - Littleton ChambersInstructed in sports employment cases.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

John Mehrzad - Littleton ChambersA leader in the field of sports law and an obvious future silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Sam Neaman - Littleton ChambersA robust but analytical advocate who really works out where a case is heading.

Ranked: tier 2

Lydia Banerjee - Littleton ChambersAdept at dealing with difficult issues before an international audience.

Ranked: tier 3

Marc Delehanty - Littleton ChambersVery down to earth and responsive.

Ranked: tier 4

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