Alex has practised at Monckton Chambers as a tenant since 2017. She has a diverse and busy practice, covering public, competition, information and sports law.
According to Chambers UK and Chambers Global, Alex is “highly recommended by a number of her instructing solicitors”. She is ranked as a “Rising Star” in Competition Law by the Legal 500 and as “Up and Coming” in Competition Law by Chambers and Partners.
Alex spent the first year of practice working at the UK Supreme Court as Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed and Lord Briggs. Prior to joining the Bar, Alex taught Contract Law at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a First in Law and French Law, and a Distinction in the BCL. She was graded Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course.
Administrative & public
Alex has broad range of experience of public and administrative law.
As Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed from 2017 to 2018, she assisted in several high-profile public law cases, including the challenge to the legality of the prohibition on abortion in Northern Ireland in cases of rape, incest and serious abnormality (In the matter of an application by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission  UKSC 27), and the Article 14 challenge to the government’s “benefit cap” legislation (R (DA and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  UKSC 21).
- Acting in ongoing judicial review claims on behalf of Afghan nationals who worked alongside British forces in Afghanistan in relation to their applications under the ARAP and Ex Gratia Schemes (led variously by Samantha Knights KC, Adam Straw KC and Nikolaus Grubeck).
- R (Gass) v Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead – acting for the claimant in a successful judicial review of a local authority’s decision to increase council tax contributions for low income taxpayers (led by Michael Armitage).
- K v Caerphilly Borough Council – acting as sole counsel in a successful disability discrimination and Human Rights Act claim in relation to a local authority’s decision to register a child on the child protection register.
- E v East Riding County Council – acting as sole counsel for a young person with special educational needs in a successful appeal against their EHC Plan in the SENDist Tribunal.
- Palamon investigation – advising the Civil Aviation Authority in its investigation of whether an air traffic control licence holder had breached its duties (led by Anneli Howard KC).
- G v London Borough of Hackney – acting as sole counsel for the claimant in a Human Rights Act claim in relation to a local authority’s failure to secure educational provision for a young person unable to attend mainstream school for mental health reasons.
Alex is regularly instructed as junior counsel in high-profile and complex competition litigation, including in private claims and collective actions.
Chambers and Partners says: “Alexandra Littlewood comes highly recommended by a number of her instructing solicitors. She has accumulated an impressive body of experience representing claimants and defendants in prominent competition law matters including the trucks cartel and ‘pay for delay’ litigation.”
- Consumers Association v Qualcomm – acting as junior counsel for Qualcomm in the opt-out collective proceedings brought against it by the Consumers’ Association, commonly known as Which? (led by Mark Howard KC, Tony Singla KC and David Bailey).
- Gutmann – acting as junior counsel for the class representative in collective proceedings brought against the operators of the South Eastern and Southwestern rail franchises (led by Philip Moser KC and Stefan Kuppen).
- Trucks – acting as junior counsel for Daimler in the Trucks litigation in both the individual claims and collective proceedings (led by Paul Harris KC, Ben Rayment and Michael Armitage).
- NHS v Servier – acting as junior counsel for NHS Scotland and Northern Ireland in the NHS’s “pay-for-delay” claims against Servier (led by Julian Gregory).
- Interchange – acting as junior counsel for multiple retailers in their claims against Visa and Mastercard in the ongoing interchange fee litigation (led by Kassie Smith KC and Fiona Banks).
- 28 Jul 2022Court of Appeal confirms that collective proceedings regime allows issues of liability to be determined at the aggregate level, dismissing train operating companies’ appeals in the ‘Boundary Fares’ claims
- 18 May 2022Competition Appeal Tribunal certifies £480m collective consumer claim against Qualcomm
- 28 Feb 2022Seven Monckton barristers act for NHS claimants in milestone judgment against pharma company Servier in its attempt to limit damages in “pay for delay” perindopril case
- 19 Oct 2021CAT certifies “Boundary Fares” opt-out collective proceedings against the operators of the South Eastern and South Western rail franchises
- 11 Nov 2020Court of Appeal rules on abuse of process in competition damages claim
- 06 Nov 2020Binding findings in General Court judgment: Monckton success for health authorities in Supreme Court
Alex has been instructed in a number of high-profile sports matters. Her clients have included a Premier League football club and a former professional darts player. She has particular expertise in matters relating to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations.
As a pupil to Valentina Sloane KC and Philip Woolfe, Alex gained extensive experience of public procurement across a range of sectors, including health, defence, travel and culture.
She is a member of the Procurement Lawyers Association.
Alex regularly acts in matters concerning freedom of information and data protection, and was until recently a contributing author to the Freedom of Information Journal.
- Information Commissioner v Driver  UKUT 333 (AAC) – acting as sole counsel for the Commissioner in the Upper Tribunal and First Tier Tribunal in a case concerning the disclosure of information provided in confidence (section 41 FOIA).
- Preston v Information Commissioner – acting as sole counsel in a dispute concerning the Commissioner’s handing of a subject access request. Alex was successful in having the case against the Commissioner dismissed in the County Court.
- Kayode v Information Commissioner  UKUT 86 (AAC) – acting as sole counsel for the Information Commissioner in an appeal concerning the disclosure of personal data. Alex was successful for the Commissioner in both the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.
Education and scholarships
- BA in Law and French Law, Brasenose College, Oxford, First Class Honours
- BCL, Brasenose College, Oxford, Distinction
- BPTC, City Law School, Outstanding
- Lord Mansfield Scholarship (the highest BPTC award from Lincoln’s Inn)
- City Law School Scholarship for Academic Excellence
- Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
- Barry Nicholas Scholarship for the BCL, Brasenose College, Oxford
- Buchanan Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
- Phoenicia Scholarship, Bar European Group
Alex has worked pro bono for a number of organisations, including the Free Representation Unit and Oxford Legal Assistance. She accepts instructions pro bono in suitable cases.
- Administrative Law Bar Association
- Bar European Group
- Procurement lawyers Association
What the directories say
Up and Coming in Competition: “Extremely strong, a future star. Very helpful and responsive and enthusiastic.” – Chambers UK, 2023
Rising Star in Competition: “Alex is careful and thorough and has a good manner with clients. Her drafting is clear and well-thought out and she possesses a great work ethic.” – Legal 500, 2023
Up and Coming in Competition: “She is incisive and willing to debate issues and work through the issues with the firms in a collaborative manner.” “Really enthusiastic, dedicated and hard-working. She has a strong grasp of the law.” “Alexandra has been responsive and has good attention to detail.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2022
Rising Star in Competition: “Alex is hard working, careful and thoughtful. Her drafting is clear.” – Legal 500, 2022