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Chambers of Gavin Mansfield QC
Littleton Chambers

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

2018 Silks

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

Leading Juniors

Carol Davis - Littleton ChambersShe is very responsive and gets on top of the issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4


2018 Silks

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

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.

Employment Tier 1

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
Selwyn Bloch QC - Littleton ChambersThe godfather of restrictive covenants; he is encyclopaedic in his knowledge of restrictive covenant cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Naomi Ellenbogen QC - Littleton ChambersForceful, lucid and articulate advocate, superbly prepared, organised and clear-thinking.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gavin Mansfield QC - Littleton ChambersAn impressive advocate who is a pleasure to work with and have as part of the team.
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.

2019 Silks

Dale Martin QC - Littleton ChambersDale is technically brilliant and his legal knowledge is outstanding.
Mohinderpal Sethi QC - Littleton ChambersVery proactive with excellent experience of employee competition work.
Nicholas Siddall QC - Littleton ChambersAn excellent advocate and extremely diligent in his preparation, standard of work and delivery.

Leading Juniors

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
Chris Quinn - Littleton ChambersAn absolutely brilliant cross-examiner who has the best strategic understanding of restrictive covenant claims.
Ranked: Tier 1
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
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
Matthew Sheridan - Littleton ChambersHe is hugely personable, hardworking, great team player, has a sharp intellect and good all-around legal knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Bone - Littleton ChambersGets to the nub of the issue quickly and handles difficult clients well.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Davies - Littleton ChambersEasy to work with, very responsive and extremely intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Fodder - Littleton ChambersSafe pair of hands for any whistleblowing query with outstanding knowledge in this complex area.
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
Craig Rajgopaul - Littleton ChambersA star of the future who combines user-friendliness with a razor-sharp intellect and incisiveness.
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

International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Rupert d'Cruz - Littleton ChambersAn extremely able and experienced lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 2

Fraud: civil Tier 2

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

Financial services regulation Tier 2

Andrew Maguire -Littleton ChambersHe has shown excellent knowledge and ability to apply complicated facts to the regulatory regime and case law.

Sport Tier 3

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

Paul Gilroy QC - Littleton ChambersThe undisputed leader in the field of manager-club employment issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Reade QC - Littleton ChambersHe represents athletes in high-profile labour law matters.
Ranked: Tier 2

2019 Silks

Nicholas Siddall QC - Littleton ChambersInstructed in sports employment cases.

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

Commercial litigation Tier 4

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.

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 3
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.

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

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Sam Neaman - Littleton ChambersSam is exceptional – hugely personable, dynamic and good humoured.
Ranked: Tier 4

Company and partnership

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

Jonathan Cohen QC - Littleton ChambersHe is extremely technically adept, a deep strategic thinker and he has your back throughout the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
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
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.

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

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


Littleton is a leading employment and commercial chambers. The set’s highly regarded team of 54 barristers includes 13 silks, all of whom provide exceptional advice and advocacy to its clients.

The set: Littleton members’ practices cover a wide spectrum of work, including employment law; commercial law, business protection (both statutory and High Court), commercial law, incorporating fraud, insolvency, financial services, banking, commercial contracts, share and business sale agreements, shareholder disputes, company and partnership law, disciplinary and regulatory; sports law; injunctions; and mediation and arbitration, civil investigations, international and offshore disputes.

Work undertaken: Littleton offers specialist advice and representation across a number of key practice areas in a number of jurisdictions.

Recruitment Members of Chambers fund two pupils per year. Chambers are members of the Pupillage Gateway. Placing value not only on the skills of its tenants as advocates and lawyers, but also on their practical and friendly approach, Littleton aims to take on pupils who in addition to an excellent academic record, show a flair for advocacy and have the strong interpersonal skills necessary to succeed at the modern day Bar.

For more detailed CVs and information about members, news, comments, case reports and contributions to publications please visit


Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial director Liz Dux 0207 797 8600
Senior clerk Jason Drakeford +44 (0) 20 7797 8623
Head of Chambers MANSFIELD QC, Gavin (2013) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers BOWERS QC, John (1998) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers BLOCH QC, Selwyn (2000) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers READE QC, David (2006) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers GILROY QC, Paul (2006) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers SAMEK QC, Charles (2009) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers ELLENBOGEN QC, Naomi (2010) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers TATTON-BROWN QC, Daniel (2016) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers COHEN QC, Jonathan (2016) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers SOLOMON QC, Adam (2018) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers SETHI QC, Mohinderpal (2019) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers MARTIN QC, Dale (2019) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers SIDDALL QC, Nicholas (2019) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers HIGGINSON, Timothy (1977) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers FODDER, Martin (1983) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers SENDALL, Antony (1984) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers NEAMAN, Sam (1988) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers D'CRUZ Rupert (1989) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Jeremy (1992) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers QUINN, Chris (1992) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers DAVIS, Carol (1996) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers de SILVA, Niran (1997) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers BONE, Lucy (1999) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers SHERIDAN, Matthew (2000) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers SHIU, Ming-Yee (2000) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers WYNNE, James (2002) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers LASCELLES, David (2003) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers PALMER, Martin (2003) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers NORTHALL, Daniel (2004) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers MEHRZAD, John (2005) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers KEMP, Edward (2005) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers ROBSON, Alexander (2006) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Charlotte (2006) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers FARRIS, Laura (2007) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers BANERJEE, Lydia (2007) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers BICKFORD SMITH, James (2008) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers ASHIRU, Charlene (2008) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
HALBAN, Alexander (2009) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers GOODFELLOW, Nicholas (2009) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers RAJGOPAUL, Craig (2010) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers GRAY, Benjamin (2011) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers DELEHANTY, Marc (2011) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers HUMPHREYS, Mark (2012) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers BERRY, Sophia (2012) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers ANDERSON, Grahame (2013) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers SUSSKIND, Jamie (2013) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers CUKIER, Ashley (2013) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers LEADBETTER, Georgina (2013) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers BRYAN, Joseph (2015) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers GREEN, James (2015) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
Members of Chambers WILSON, Kieran (2016) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
SANDERS, Stuart (2017) +44 (0) 20 7797 8600
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 Selwyn Bloch QC photo Selwyn Bloch QC
 Lucy Bone  photo Lucy Bone
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 Joseph Bryan  photo Joseph Bryan
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 Ashley Cukier  photo Ashley Cukier
 Rupert D’Cruz  photo Rupert D’Cruz
 Charlotte Davies  photo Charlotte Davies
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 Matthieu De Boisséson  photo Matthieu De Boisséson
 Niran De Silva  photo Niran De Silva
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 Martin Fodder  photo Martin Fodder
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 Paul Gilroy  photo Paul Gilroy
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 Alexander Halban  photo Alexander Halban
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 Timothy Higginson  photo Timothy Higginson
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 Edward Kemp  photo Edward Kemp
 David Lascelles  photo David Lascelles
 Georgina Leadbetter  photo Georgina Leadbetter
 Jeremy Lewis  photo Jeremy Lewis
 Andrew Maguire  photo Andrew Maguire
 Gavin Mansfield QC photo Gavin Mansfield QC
 Dale Martin QC photo Dale Martin QC
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 Sam Neaman  photo Sam Neaman
 Daniel Northall  photo Daniel Northall
 Martin Palmer  photo Martin Palmer
 Richard M Perkoff  photo Richard M Perkoff
 Chris Quinn  photo Chris Quinn
 Craig Rajgopaul  photo Craig Rajgopaul
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 Alexander Robson  photo Alexander Robson
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 Charles Samek QC photo Charles Samek QC
 Stuart Sanders  photo Stuart Sanders
 Antony Sendall  photo Antony Sendall
 Mohinderpal Sethi QC photo Mohinderpal Sethi QC
 Matthew Sheridan  photo Matthew Sheridan
 Ming-Yee Shiu  photo Ming-Yee Shiu
 Nicholas Siddall QC photo Nicholas Siddall QC
 Adam Solomon QC photo Adam Solomon QC
 Jamie Susskind  photo Jamie Susskind
 Daniel Tatton-Brown QC photo Daniel Tatton-Brown QC
 Peter Trepte  photo Peter Trepte
 Kieran Wilson  photo Kieran Wilson
 James Wynne  photo James Wynne


Pupillage & Recruitment Selection
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“Members are involved in some of the most impressive cases of the day”