News in brief

Littlewoods has appointed Liverpool firm Mace & Jones as its sole adviser for national employment issues. The group will outsource all of its employment law work to the 27-partner firm, which also has an office in Liverpool. The firm has won the contract for a year after winning out against some of the biggest national firms. It will represent Littlewoods in employment cases across the UK and will give specialist employment advice to the firm's in-house legal and human resources teams.