Ed specialises in employment and discrimination law with significant experience in cross-over work such as high value contractual claims, professional negligence and cases with an international element or flavour.
Ed has been ranked as a leading junior in the employment law field in both the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners for many years. He has been described in the following terms:-
“Offers cross-disciplinary expertise in employment, commercial and professional negligence matters. His practice is international, though his domestic practice has seen him in courts of all levels, up to the Supreme Court.”
“Very good at drafting. He is calm, competent and deals with complicated issues with enthusiasm and diligence” (Chambers & Partners 2017)
“He always adds value, is solutions focused and very creative in challenging situations” (Legal 500, 2016)
“Described as "one to watch" by sources who praised his "imaginative" approach to his brief…”
"He quickly masters the details of a matter and gives clear and unambiguous advice."
"He is very calm and competent, and deals with complicated issues with enthusiasm and diligence." (Chambers & Partners, 2016)
"He has great courtroom presence, and is both reassuringly confident and persuasive” (Legal 500, 2015)
"He deals with complex and challenging cases with grace and determination” (Chambers & Partners, 2015).
"He has a remarkable ability to drill down into the fine details of a case” and "he is brilliant at analysing each of the tiny nuances of a case and does an enormous amount of research” (Chambers & Partners, 2014).
"Exceptionally talented” and "has drafting skills which were singled out for praise by sources” (Chambers & Partners, 2013).
Ed litigates complex or high value cases at every level of court and tribunal in the country. Ed is particularly sought after for challenging cases raising novel points of law and sensitive factual disputes requiring creative thinking and flexible advocacy skills. Ed has a strong practice as both a trial and appellate lawyer. In the space of just a few years he has been involved as junior counsel in two cases in which he has represented at every level of tribunal and court all the way up to the Supreme Court. Ed’s second case in the Supreme Court is to be heard in 2017.
Ed is consistently recognised for his specialist expertise in equality law. In Chambers & Partners 2014, he was “particularly commended for his ability to handle novel discrimination cases”. In 2015, he was again noted for his “standout expertise in discrimination cases”. In addition, Ed has a depth of expertise in whistleblowing disputes (particularly those in the health care sector and those with an international dimension), contract claims (including complex interpretation points and implication of terms) and the full breadth of statutory employment claims.
Ed also practices internationally and has recently appeared as an advocate before the Court of First Instance in the DIFC in Dubai. Ed is registered as an advocate with full rights of audience (including appeals) in that jurisdiction. At Littleton, Ed is a registered pupil supervisor and joint Equality and Diversity Officer. Ed is also an appointed member of the Employment Lawyers Association Pro Bono Committee and is responsible for NGO/Social Enterprise opportunities. Ed has recently become an advocacy trainer for Assurety.
Ed’s recent work at Supreme Court / Court of Appeal levelincludes:-
Recent EAT cases:-
Ed is a member of the ELAAS scheme and appears pro-bono in the EAT in that capacity, assisting and representing litigants in person with apparently hopeless appeals. Ed has also appeared in the EAT on behalf of the Bar Probono Unit.
Ed acts for employers and employees in complex or high value discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Ed is consistently recommended for his discrimination expertise in recent editions of the Directories. The latest edition of Chambers & Partners (2016) noted that Ed “is well known for his work on equality law”. Ed’s recent cases in this field include:-
Ed has a broad range of experience across the full width of statutory employment claims. He represents both employers and employees in addition to providing advisory services. Ed has particular expertise in pay disputes of all kinds and work in the medical field, the police service and City disputes. Ed’s recent work in this field includes:-
Ed has particular expertise in international employment cases. He is one of very few employment barristers with a practice that is international. Ed’s experience encompasses both jurisdiction and territoriality disputes in the domestic courts in addition to advisory and advocacy work on cases in forums overseas.
Ed’s recent experience in the domestic courts includes:-
Ed now has full rights of audience before the DIFC Courts in Dubai. He has recently appeared in the following matters within that jurisdiction:-
Ed has a long-standing interest and expertise in comparative and conflicts of law.
Ed was educated in both English Law and French Law. He has an LLB from King’s College London and a Maîtrise en Droit from Université de Paris I (La Sorbonne). Ed then took an LLM from University College London which focused on employment, equality law and comparative law.
Ed regularly writes papers and chairs conferences both in the UK and in Dubai on the subjects of territoriality and influence of English law in the development of the common law in the emerging global litigation market.
Ed is also retained as an ad-hoc consultant in the international aid sector on the duty of care owed by NGOs to their staff in a multi-jurisdictional and high risk environment. Ed brings his knowledge of comparative law combined with the experience in his early years of practice in personal injury law to bear in this developing field.
Over a two year period culminating in publication in November 2011, Ed drafted guidance on the law of negligence for international aid agencies for a Swiss NGO (Security Management Initiative) in partnership with five magic circle international law firms from five different jurisdictions. This work has become one of the leading sources of guidance to HR professionals within the sector receiving thousands of downloads (LINK).
After publication of this work, Ed then went on to chair conferences and present workshops on the subject in the USA, Geneva and in Brussels. In October 2012, Ed researched and drafted a concept paper for a code of conduct for NGOs with a designated Arbitral Tribunal to resolve personal injury claims against international NGOs.
In March 2016, Ed co-chaired a conference for the European Interagency Security Forum at Médecins Sans Frontières in Brussels following the landmark ruling by the Oslo District Court in 2015 that an NGO had been grossly negligent in respect of the kidnapping and injury of one of its employees in the Horn of Africa. In September 2016, Ed co-authored a paper on this ruling and its repercussions within the sector (LINK).
Ed is recognised in the current edition of Chambers and Partners (2017) for his “cross-disciplinary expertise in employment, commercial and professional negligence matters”. Ed is able to combine the experiences of his early years of practice in personal injury with his skill set in employment and employment-related fields when it comes to novel or complex litigation in the civil courts.
Ed is regularly instructed to litigate pay disputes and other contractual disputes in the civil courts. He has strong legal expertise in contractual interpretation issues and in the law of implied terms. He has a particular depth of experience in health care sector cases:-
Ed also has a growing reputation as an equality practitioner in the goods and services field:-
Ed’s practice in the professional negligence field continues to develop apace. Chambers and Partners (2016) notes Ed’s “…skill at handling professional negligence and employment situations.” In this sensitive and often highly confidential area, Ed has been involved in a number of High Court/County Court actions. The cases typically include allegations of negligent employment advice or failed employment litigation with complex issues of quantum. The cases sometimes involve concurrent proceedings for breach of contract against former employers.
Ed has a developing interest in arbitration as a forum for dispute resolution within all of his practice areas. Ed is able to combine his skills as a litigator with his knowledge of comparative legal systems and cultures.
In 2012, Ed researched and drafted a concept paper for a code of conduct for NGOs with a designated Arbitral Tribunal to resolve personal injury claims against international NGOs.