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 is now ranked as a leading junior in the employment law field in both the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners. He has been described in the following terms:-
"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. Chambers & Partners 2015 notes that Ed "routinely argues cases in front of the tribunals and higher courts, and has recently appeared in the Supreme Court.” Ed has a strong practice as both a trial and an appellate lawyer.
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 contract claims (including complex interpretation points and implication of terms) and 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, joint Equality and Diversity Officer and Co-Head of the Employment Group.
Ed's recent appellate work includes:-
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. 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’s practice in the professional negligence field continues to develop apace. In the last year, in this sensitive and often highly confidential area, he 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 also has a growing reputation as an equality practitioner in the goods and services field. Ed has recently represented a company in a three day race discrimination claim on the multi-track and is currently instructed by the same company in respect of a further race discrimination claim. Ed has also drafted a defence to a county court claim for disability discrimination against a well-known service provider.
Ed is also instructed to litigate pay disputes and other contractual disputes in the civil courts. He has particular expertise in complex interpretation issues and in the law of implied terms.
Ed has a long-standing interest and expertise in comparative and conflicts of law.
Ed now has full rights of audience before the DIFC Courts in Dubai. Ed has recently appeared as an advocate in two trials before the DIFC Court of First Instance.
Ed’s recent expertise as an advocate in the DIFC complements his domestic expertise in cross-border
employment disputes including the territorial reaches of the UK’s domestic
legislation. 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’s recent expertise as an advocate in the DIFC complements his domestic expertise in cross-border employment disputes including the territorial reaches of the UK’s domestic legislation.
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.