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Edward Kemp

Edward Kemp

Call: 2005


“He is very intelligent and his technical knowledge base is fantastic”

Chambers Global Guide 2020

Edward Kemp

“He is very intelligent and his technical knowledge base is fantastic”

Chambers Global Guide 2020


Ed is consistently ranked in tier 1 of the Legal 500 UK and is listed as one of the top ten leading employment juniors at the London Bar. He is also ranked in tier 1 as a leading junior for commercial disputes in the Middle East in the 2021 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA guide. He was nominated for Employment Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 Awards 2020. He is recognised as a leader in his field in Chambers & Partners and has been ranked in both of the leading directories for many years. He is one of only two lawyers and the only junior in the category of Expertise Based Abroad for DIFC and ADGM employment litigation in the United Arab Emirates in Chambers Global 2021.

Ed is singled out for his exceptional legal ability having been consistently described as “extremely bright…always does a first class job” (Legal 500 2021), “extremely intelligent” (Legal 500 2018), “exceptionally talented” (Chambers and Partners 2013) and “one to watch” (Chambers and Partners 2016).

Ed has a broad employment, commercial and equality law practice. 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 brings to bear a depth of experience across a number of areas of law including commercial, professional negligence and human rights. Ed has also been noted for his “cross-disciplinary expertise” and his “international” practice (Chambers & Partners 2020), he regularly works on such cases in the UK courts and he has appeared in a number of important cases in the DIFC Courts in Dubai. He is noted in the Chambers Global Guide 2020 as a “strong DIFC practitioner who receives widespread acknowledgement for his abilities in arbitrations”.

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 represented at every level of tribunal and court all the way up to ultimate victory in the Supreme Court. Ed’s second case in the Supreme Court was heard over two days in May 2017. Ed currently has a case pending before the European Court of Human Rights.

In the last 12 months, he has appeared as sole counsel in the first whistleblowing case to come before the DIFC Courts succeeding on that issue before the DIFC Court of Appeal; led the legal team (sole counsel against a silk and a junior) in respect of a High Court action involving complex issues of foreign law; advised a foreign government on state immunity and diplomatic immunity; and has been instructed to either advance or defend a number of test cases on issues of territorial jurisdiction, state immunity and employment status.

Ed often works alongside foreign lawyers in cross-border employment cases. Ed recently provided a legal opinion on the territorial scope of UK labour law and UK international jurisdiction to an appellant, assisting her to bring a successful appeal before the Supreme Court of another EU member state.

Ed’s considerable skills and experience have been commented on by independent market feedback from the leading legal directories:

Exceptional legal ability: “A first choice of counsel – fantastically precise and you can rely totally on him to get a handle on the details of a matter” (Legal 500 EMEA 2021). He thinks clearly and strategically, and has in-depth knowledge” (Chambers & Partners 2021). “He is very intelligent and his technical knowledge base is fantastic” (Chambers Global Guide 2020). “He is extremely intelligent and responsive” (Legal 500 2018). “Incredibly responsive and knowledgeable on very technical areas of the law” (Chambers & Partners 2019). “He has great legal knowledge” (Chambers & Partners 2018). “He has excellent technical knowledge” (Legal 500 2017). “He quickly masters the details of a matter” (Legal 500 2015). “He has a remarkable ability to drill down into the fine details of the case” and “he is brilliant at analysing each of the tiny nuances of a case and does an enormous amount of research” (Chambers & Partners 2013).

Oral advocacy skills: “…An excellent advocate in the Tribunal, and achieves the best possible results” (Legal 500 2021). “He can put things across in a straightforward manner, even if they are complex” (Chambers Global Guide 2020). “An extremely good and thorough advocate with a very persuasive courtroom manner” (Legal 500 2020). “Very impressive, thorough, and very good in court.” (Chambers & Partners 2020). “An accomplished advocate who is very client friendly. His cross examinations are effective and his submissions are clear and persuasive” (Chambers and Partners 2019). “He is very calm and competent, and deals with complicated issues with enthusiasm and diligence” (Chambers & Partners 2016 & 2017). “He has great courtroom presence, and is both reassuringly confident and persuasive” (Legal 500 2015).

Advisory and paperwork: “…Quite brilliant in his drafting…(Legal 500 2021). “Very good at drafting” (Chambers & Partners 2017). “He always adds value, is solutions focused and very creative in challenging situations…gives clear and unambiguous advice” (Legal 500 2016). “…has drafting skills which were singled out for praise by sources” (Chambers & Partners 2013).

Team-work: “He is very friendly and approachable, and builds a good rapport with our clients. He is quick to understand the issues at hand, and an extremely effective advocate who we see as our first port of call when seeking counsel” (Chambers & Partners 2020). “Easy to deal with and good with clients…” (Chambers & Partners 2018).

At Littleton, Ed is a registered pupil supervisor. Ed is also chair of the Dubai practice group and has previously been a co-head of the Employment group and an EDO. He frequently sits on the BPTC scholarship interviews for the Inner Temple and speaks to students about life as a barrister. He is a mentor on the KCLBMS Social Mobility Mentorship Scheme and volunteers for Bridging the Bar. He is an appointed member of the Employment Lawyers Association Pro Bono Committee. He is responsible for maintaining the Lexis PSL practice notes on international employment. He has co-authored the commentary on the DIFC Employment Law published by LexisNexis Middle East in March 2021. He is also among a select number of senior juniors, silks and judges who deliver witness familiarisation training for Assurety.

Appellate Work

Discrimination & Whistleblowing

International and Offshore

Commercial Employment

Other Employment

Other High Court/County Court


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