Alexandra Littlewood

Call 2016
Education
BA (Oxford) First; BCL (Oxford) Distinction; BPTC (City Law School) Outstanding
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Alex joined Monckton Chambers in 2017 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She has a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work, including public law, competition law, regulatory law, and procurement law.

Alex is currently instructed as junior counsel in two of the Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2019, namely the trucks cartel litigation, and NHS v Servier. She also has experience as sole counsel, including in judicial review proceedings, and appearing before the First-tier Tribunal and the County Court.

Alex spent the first year of her practice working at the UK Supreme Court as Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed (Deputy President) and Lord Briggs. During this time, she assisted the Justices in a range of high-profile cases, across many different areas of law.

During pupillage, Alex was supervised by Valentina Sloane QC, Philip Woolfe and Ben Lask. Prior to becoming a barrister, Alex was a Lecturer in Contract Law at Brasenose College (University of Oxford). Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Oxford with a Distinction in the BCL, and a First Class degree in Law and French Law. She also obtained a diploma in French law from the Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II.

  • Competition law

    Alex’s recent and current experience in competition law includes:

    • Acting as junior counsel (to Paul Harris QC, Ben Rayment and Michael Armitage) for a major European truck manufacturer in the truck cartel litigation. Alex is involved in both the individual claims and the applications brought under the collective proceedings regime in section 47B of the Competition Act 1998.
    • Acting as junior counsel (to Daniel Beard QC and Julian Gregory) for NHS Scotland and Northern Ireland in the NHS’s “pay-for-delay” claims against Servier.
  • Commercial and regulatory law

    Alex is instructed by the National Infrastructure Commission (as junior counsel to Julian Gregory) in its ongoing study into the regulation of the UK energy, telecoms and water sectors. Advising on this wide-ranging review has provided Alex with a broad and in-depth understanding of UK economic regulation.

    Alex’s other recent work in commercial and regulatory law includes:

    • Acting as junior counsel (to Anneli Howard) in relation to a Civil Aviation Authority investigation into a complaint against a licence holder.
    • Representing airlines in claims for compensation for delayed and cancelled flights under Regulation No 261/2004.
  • Public law

    In her role as a Judicial Assistant at the UK Supreme Court, Alex was involved in several high-profile public law cases. This included the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s challenge to Northern Irish abortion law (In the matter of an application by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for Judicial Review), and the benefit cap case (R (DA and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions).

    Alex is now developing her own public law practice, with recent experience acting as sole counsel in judicial reviewing proceedings, and appearing before the First-tier Tribunal in an appeal against a local authority’s Education, Health and Care Plan for a young person with special educational needs.

    Alex is a contributing author to the upcoming “Making Lawful Decisions” (working title), Broach and Butler-Cole eds, Legal Action Group (chapters on Relevant and Irrelevant Considerations and Improper Purposes).

  • Public procurement

    As a pupil to Valentina Sloane QC and Philip Woolfe, Alex gained extensive experience of public procurement across a range of sectors, including health, defence, travel and culture.

  • Information law

    Alex has experience in appeals against decisions of the Information Commissioner in relation to freedom of information requests. She is a contributing author to the Freedom of Information Journal, which provides updates on recent cases on freedom of information.

  • Additional Information

    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

     

    Alex has been awarded a number of scholarships, including:

    • 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

    Pro bono

    Alex has worked pro bono for a number of organisations, including the Free Representation Unit and Oxford Legal Assistance.

    Memberships

    • COMBAR
    • Administrative Law Bar Association
    • Bar European Group

    Languages

    • French

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