Head of chambers
Mr Selwyn Bloch QC, Ms Naomi Ellenbogen QC
Littleton is acknowledged as being a top-class set in each of its main practice areas. Its success is based upon both the desire to maintain high professional standards and a willingness to embrace change. It prides itself on the skills of its tenants, not only as advocates and advisers on the law, but also for their analytical and practical skills.
Littleton Chambers specialises in commercial litigation, employment law, professional negligence, sports law, mediation and arbitration.
Applications are invited from candidates with a minimum 2.1 degree or equivalent. Littleton takes a considerable amount of care in choosing our pupils and prefers to recruit its tenants from persons who have completed a full 12-month pupillage with chambers. We endeavour to take on pupils who not only have excellent academic skills, but who show a flair for advocacy, have the ability to understand practical commercial issues, and importantly, have the interpersonal skills to provide the qualities that are expected of the modern-day Bar. We operate an equal opportunities policy which is designed to support diversity in our pupillage recruitment process.
Chambers generally offers pupillage to two people each year. During the 12-month pupillage, you will have the benefit of four pupil supervisors in succession. Your pupil supervisors will provide support and guidance to you throughout, ensuring that you understand not only the nuts and bolts of a barrister’s work, but also the ethical constraints which are such a distinctive feature of chambers’ professional life. After six months pupillage you will be entitled to take on your own work. Your pupil supervisor will provide assistance in the preparation of briefs to ensure that your client receives the best possible service from you.
Littleton is a member of the Pupillage Gateway. Offers are made in accordance with their timetable and where appropriate, in the academic year before bar finals.
An assessed mini-pupillage forms part of our pupillage application process and mini-pupillages are not offered outside of this process.
We believe that fair remuneration is important. Our pupils receive a £67,500 pupillage award and they keep all second six earnings. It is possible to draw down some of this funding during the year of bar finals.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.