Ben Smith > GQ | LITTLER > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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GQ|Littler is the leading employment law firm for employers in the UK and Ireland. We offer risk-based advice and litigation services on employment, immigration, employee tax and incentives issues. We work globally as part of Littler, the world’s largest employment law firm with over 1,600 lawyers in 100 offices worldwide. Being part of Littler enables the firm to seamlessly provide high-quality advice and support across a wide range of international markets and benefit from cutting-edge technology, research and knowledge management resources.


Ben is an associate who works across all areas of employment law including advisory, litigation and transactional support. 

He has particular experience in defending complex Employment Tribunal litigation, including as part of the team that successfully appealed a long-running whistleblowing, sex discrimination, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, and victimisation claim to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Ben regularly supports and manages international employment advisory projects. He also has significant experience of managing document review projects, such as disclosure and data subject access requests, leveraging technology and flexible resourcing solutions.

Drawing on a longstanding academic interest and experience working in the charitable sector, Ben is particularly interested in equality, diversity, and discrimination issues for employers arising in both contentious and non-contentious maters. Ben also supports the London office’s knowhow and training capability, regularly keeping clients and the team informed of legal developments, as well as the legal technology workstream.


Ben joined GQ|Littler in 2017 as a paralegal and qualified as a solicitor in September 2020 following the completion of his training contract. During his training contract, Ben completed a secondment at a boutique law firm in London where he saw practice in private funds, secondary transactions, and hedge funds. Prior to joining GQ|Littler Ben worked as a paralegal in the employment department at King & Wood Mallesons in London and was a legal intern at the Equal Rights Trust.




Employment Lawyers Association.


2009 – 2012: University of Oxford, BA Jurisprudence
2014 – 2015: UCL, Masters of Law (LLM)
2018 – 2020: The University of Law, LPC


In his spare time, Ben is a keen baker and loves theatre and reading fiction.