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David Reade QC

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Littleton Chambers (Chambers of Gavin Mansfield QC)


Barrister specialising in commercial, employment and sport.

Employment: all areas of both contentious and non-contentious employment law (including EU Law). Chambers and Partners Employment Silk of Year 2015. Legal 500 Employment Silk of the Year 2016 and shortlisted for 2017. David has appeared in numerous leading decisions in the field, including Barton v Investec, Hounga v Allen, NUM v UK Coal, Brennan v Sunderland, Rhys-Harper v Relaxion, Rutherford v Harvest Town Circle, Foley v Post Office and Chestertons v Nurmohamed. David has appeared as an advocate at all levels from Tribunal to the Supreme Court and the CJEU. He successfully acted for the employers before the CJEU in the collective redundancy case arising out the of collapse of Woolworths. He has particular experience of urgent injunctive relief, including search orders, freezing orders and anti suit injunctions. He has appeared in a number of leading cases in the field including Ashcroft v National Theatre (interim specific performance) QBE v Dymoke (springboard injunctions), TFS Derivatives v Morgan (restrictive covenants), Pennwell v Ornstein (confidential data and database misuse) and Standard Life v Gorman (garden leave injunctions). David has extensive experience of TUPE and collective redundancy claims; his appellant cases include Kavanagh v Crystal Palace, Solectron v Roper, SNR Denton v Kirwin and CWU v Royal Mail. He has acted in many protected disclosure cases including most recently in the Court of Appeal in the case of Day v HEE and Chestertons v Nurmohamed. His practice includes collective labour law issues, acting for both Trade Unions and employers. He acted for British Airways before the Court of Appeal in the industrial action by its’ cabin crew. His collective work has included advising and acting on recognition issues and in cases involving the restraint of industrial action. He successfully judicially reviewed the CAC on its recognition decision against Boots PLC and defended that review in the Court of Appeal. He acted for Uber in the litigation on the status of drivers and has advised others in the sector. Recent work has seen him advising on national minimum wage and holiday pay issues, particularly in the care sector; he appeared for Mencap in the EAT on the issue of “sleep-in” pay.

He has experience of pension and share option claims and has advised various companies on the pension and employment issues arising out of changes to final salary pension schemes. He has successfully judicially reviewed the Pensions Regualtor on the issue of the transnational application of auto enrolment.

Commercial litigation: (including banking, financial services, insolvency and consumer credit). He has wide commercial experience including freezing and search order. His work in this field includes extensive experience of partnership disputes and LLP disputes. His has acted on and advised on numerous minority shareholder oppression claims. He has particular experience of litigation involving the sale of complex derivative and interest swap products acting in Hockin v RBS one of the largest miss-sold derivative claims. He additionally had experience of commercial property based litigation successfully appearing in 2017 before the Supreme Court on an appeal on the correct basis for the assessement of business rates.

Sport: David has wide experience  of sport litigation. Recent work includes acting for Sunderland FC in the defence of commission claims by a former director and advising the club on various football issues. Acting for Bristol RFC in connection with the recruitment by the RFU of Steve Borthwick.


Called 1983; Middle Temple; QC 2006; appointed Bencher of Middle Temple 2008; mediator 2006; lectured law before entering practice; former editor of ‘Employment Law and Litigation’; frequent writer and lecturer on employment issues. Publications of note: co-author of OUP’s ‘The law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition’ (2011); contributor to Sweet and Maxwell’s ‘The Transfer of Undertakings’; co-author of ‘The Guide to the Equality Act’; co-editor of ‘Blackstone’s Employment Law’.


COMBAR; Employment Law Association; Employment Bar Association; Industrial Law Society; Professional Negligence Bar Association; British Association for Sport and the Law; associate American Bar Association; International Bar Association.


Birmingham University (LLB).


Anything competitive; music; trustee of the London on Library.

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

David Reade QC - Littleton Chambers β€˜Superb in court with a magnificent presence, engaging advocacy and great on paperwork.’

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Company and partnership

Within: Partnership – Leading silks

David Reade QC - Littleton Chambers β€˜A very creative lateral thinker; extremely accessible and down to earth.’

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Within: Employment – Leading silks

David Reade QC - Littleton Chambers β€˜He is a number one choice.’

Within: Employment

β€˜Powerhouse employment chambers’ Littleton Chambers β€˜has strength in depth across the board and operates in a client-focused way, balancing the law with the priorities of each individual client’. Recent highlights for the set included David Reade QC acting in the Court of Appeal in Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed focusing on whistleblowing issues, and Naomi Ellenbogen QC acting for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets in equal pay claims.

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Within: Sport – Leading silks

David Reade QC - Littleton Chambers β€˜Fearless, clear, polished and empathetic.’

Within: Sport

β€˜A great set for sports work’, Littleton Chambers is β€˜full of bright, enthusiastic barristers who have sufficient expertise to do the job well’. It has β€˜a wealth of expertise at the forefront of sport-related employment work’: David Reade QC assisted Bristol RFC with bringing an injunction to restrain coach Steve Borthwick from joining the England rugby team. John Mehrzad acted for former Australia football team captain James Troisi in a claim for non-payment against Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

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