Edward Legard

Year of call: 1996

Edward Legard

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Edward has particular expertise in defending lengthy, complex and high value discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. He works for both employers and employees, from large PLCs through to small family businesses and Chief Executives through to care workers on the minimum wage.

He has an outstanding ability to master a large amount of detail and is skilled in translating sometimes complex legislation into plain English, sound argument and practical advice.

By being able to draw on his experience as Judge and Mediator Edward is able to focus on what matters and maintain the confidence of the client throughout.

Edward has a strong reputation for robust but fair advocacy (whether in an adversarial or advisory role).

He has over eighteen years’ experience of presenting and defending cases of alleged professional misconduct with specific emphasis on Police and NMC disciplinary matters.

Edward also has over fifteen years’ experience of mediating a wide range of commercial, employment and personal disputes, almost all of which have resulted in settlement.

He has a strong appellate practice covering all major aspects of employment and equality law and involving regular appearances before the Court of Appeal.

He has also been highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for many years. Recent entries include:

• ''Thorough in cross-examination'' (2014 Legal 500)
• ''He is rightly rated as one of the leading employment barristers on the North Eastern Circuit. He is a good advocate, really thorough, with a good manner about him in tribunal and a sensible approach outside'' (2015 Chambers & Partners)
• “Particularly highly regarded for his expertise on discrimination cases” (2014 Chambers & Partners)
• An “excellent cross-examiner” who is able to “hit the right notes when putting his point across.” (2013 Chambers & Partners)
• "He gets the job done with a minimum of fuss” (2013 Legal 500)
• “…meticulously prepared…” and continuing ‘…to impress sources with his “superb advocacy” and “excellent manner with clients.” (2012 Chambers & Partners)
• Known for fighting “hard but fair” for his clients and “inspiring confidence” through his ability “to get to grips with what a case is really about in double quick time.” (2011 Chambers & Partners)

Employment & Equality Law:

Edward represents a range of clients including a range of trade unions, and blue chip companies. He is equally at ease acting for claimants and respondents/defendants.

He has extensive experience in conducting long and complex trials. He has a particular interest in confidentiality and privacy, whistleblowing, sex, age and disability claims and is very familiar with the issues that arise in cases which attract media interest.

Edward is also a very experienced appellate practitioner and has had numerous reported cases in the last decade. These reported cases illustrate the breadth of his practice, covering all forms of discrimination, whistleblowing, human rights, contract, restrictive covenants, TUPE, working time and more.

This year, at the Liverpool Employment Tribunal, Edward won a high value and complex maternity discrimination case on behalf of a senior Nuclear Waste expert employed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency.

In recent weeks Edward has also successfully appealed a Tribunal’s finding of disability discrimination made against a School by a long serving member of the teaching staff.

Professional Negligence:

Edward has considerable experience of professional negligence claims involving solicitors, architects, surveyors and accountants.

Professional Misconduct:

Edward has wide-ranging experience of prosecuting and defending individuals before their respective professional bodies.

Recent experience includes:

• Presenting officer at a police disciplinary hearing where two serving officers had been charged in connection with the death in custody of an elderly lady who, at the time of her arrest, was suffering complicated mental health problems;

• Successfully defending a geriatric ward nurse charged with misconduct following a care home enquiry;

• Advising a firm of solicitors in connection with an enquiry by the SRA arising from inappropriate facebook entries concerning the Alton Towers Rollercoaster accident.


Edward has extensive experience of mediating a wide range of commercial, employment and personal disputes, almost all of which have resulted in settlement.

Edward was CEDR trained and qualified in 1999

Examples of recent mediations include:
• A sex discrimination/constructive dismissal case brought against the Police Force. This took place over two days and resulted in financial settlement and reinstatement.
• A stale boundary dispute.
• A contractual dispute concerning copyright and CD-rom manufacture.
• A dispute concerning the supply of seafood.
• Partnership disputes between retiring and remaining partners.
• Tripartite litigation in a construction dispute between homeowners, a firm of architects and a building firm.

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