Year of call: 1996
areas of practice
I am a Specialist Employment Practitioner covering all major aspects of employment law.
My caseload comprises a broadly even split of Respondent and Claimant work. I have a broad practice and act for local authorities, health trusts, trade unions and individuals.
Please see the Notable Cases section to view some interesting recent cases I have conducted.
- I act on behalf of a large number of Local Authorities and Health Trusts principally concerning claims alleging discrimination (of all types), “whistle blowing” and victimisation.
- I have also represented a number of Unions (together with their individual members) on ‘collective redundancy’ cases arising out of several high profile north east factory/site closures.
- I have regularly lectured to groups of solicitors and HR personnel on a wide variety of employment-related topics.
- I appear regulary in Scotland as well as England and Wales both in general Tribunals and the EAT (Scotland). I have a strong Appellate Court practice.
Described in Chambers & Partners 2012 (where I was listed as Band 1 'leading junior') as continuing ' . . . to impress sources with his ''superb advocacy'' and ''excellent manner with clients.'' And in the 2013 edition as having a fine reputation as an ''excellent cross-examiner,'' who is able to ''hit the right notes when putting his point across''.
I am also recommended in the Legal 500 where I am quoted as 'gets the job done with the minimum of fuss'.
MEDIATOR (CEDR trained)
- Qualified 1999
- For a typical example of mediation in the employment field, I was brought in as sole mediator in a sex discrimination/constructive dismissal case brought against the Police Force. This took place over two days and resulted in financial settlement and reinstatement.
- In other cases, which number more than 25, I have mediated race, disability and sex discrimination disputes to successful conclusions.
Please view my CV here
- Woods v Pasab Ltd t/a Jhoots Pharmacy  All ER (D) 264 (Oct) : CA where I successfully appealed a Tribunal's finding that a trainee pharmacist had been victimised on the grounds of her religion or belief.
- Yerrakalva v Barnsley MBC  IRLR 78, CA : Mummery LJ issuing guidance on the approach to be followed when one party seeks to recover costs on account of the other's unreasonable conduct.
- Horizon Recruitment Limited v Vincent  ICR 491 : A case concerning the jurisdiction of an Employment Tribunal and specifically whether compromise agreements may be set aside for misrepresentation.
- B v A  IRLR 400 : Where I acted successfully for a Local Authority defending sex discrimination and harassment claims where the central allegation was one of rape.
- Kimberley Group Housing Ltd v Hambley & Os  IRLR 682 : This case, in which I acted for the Claimants, concerned the impact of a service provision change ('spc') as defined by reg. 3(1)(b) of TUPE 2006 in circumstances where the 'service' is split between 2 or more incoming providers and specifically the determination of who should take responsibility for the employees' contracts after the spc.
- Flett v. Matheson  IRLR 277, CA : An interesting case concerning the status of a "modern"apprentice with potentially far-reaching consequences. The Court of Appeal accepted the argument that, for employment law purposes, a "modern" apprenticeship and a traditional one could be one and the same
- McCall and Northern Rail  EAT, HHJ McMullen : A case concerning the interpretation and application of s.98A(2) ERA, the so-called 'Polkey-reversal' section. Successful on appeal.
- Ramsay v. Walkers Crisps  IRLR 754, EAT : A case concerning the use of anonymous witness statements in the disciplinary process
- Campbell v. Leeds United Football Club : in which I acted for the club in a case attracting widespread publicity and concerning race and sex discrimination.
- Berry v. Scottish Courage Limited, EAT : A complex claim concerning contractual redundancy provisions and incorporation of terms agreed collectively. Successful at both first instance and on appeal.
- Cunningham v. Glasgow City Council  EAT (Scotland) : Lady Smith. A contract "test" claim concerning bonus entitlements and collective agreements and affecting a large number of council employees.
- Singh v Durham Racial Equality Council, EAT : A race and sex discrimination claim brought by a Sikh woman (again successfully) and upheld on appeal.
- Miller v Durham County Council : A sex discrimination claim concerning selection for an internal post at senior manager level. Successful and resulting in substantial damages.
- GMB v Dewhirst  EAT : Concerning large-scale 'collective' redundancies from clothing factory in the north-east.
- Duffy v Leeds City Council : A DDA claim concerning an individual with debilitating bipolar disorder.
- Morgan & Others v Middlesbrough Borough Council  EWCA Civ 1432 CA : An equal pay claim in which I represented a large number of female applicants (primary school staff paid on a 'term-time only' basis).
- 1995 - 1996 The Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course (Graded 'Very Competent')
- 1994 - 1995 The College of Law: Common Professional Examination
- 1989 - 1990 Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst: Officer Training
- 1985 - 1989 University of St Andrews
- MA (Hons) English Literature
- Employment Judge (Fee Paid) 2010
- Mediator (Trained and Accredited by CEDR) - Qualified 1999.
- Edward welcomes instructions from Solicitors,in-house legal departments and qualified foreign lawyers.
- Edward is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council's Public Access Scheme.