Year of call: 1996
areas of practice
Head of Dere Street Employment Team
- Specialist Employment Practitioner covering all major aspects of employment and equality law.
- Edward’s caseload comprises a broadly even split of Respondent and Claimant work. He has a broad practice and acts for local authorities, health trusts, trade unions and individuals.
- Edward regularly lectures to groups of solicitors and HR personnel on a wide variety of employment-related topics.
- Edward appears regularly in Scotland as well as England and Wales both in general Tribunals and the EAT. He has a strong Appellate Court practice.
He has once again been recommended in the 2015 edition of Chambers & Partners.
Edward has over seventeen years' experience of presenting and defending cases of alleged professional misconduct with specific emphasis on Police and NMC disciplinary matters.
He also has extensive experience of mediating a wide range of commercial, employment and personal disputes, almost all of which have resulted in settlement.
What the leading legal directories say:
- ''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)
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MEDIATOR (CEDR trained)
- Qualified 1999
- For a typical example of mediation in the employment field, Edward 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 60, Edward has mediated race, disability and sex discrimination disputes to successful conclusions.
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- Powell v OMV Exploration Ltd  IRLR 80 (Langstaff P) : This case represents the cutting edge of employment law and concerns the jurisdiction of British Employment Tribunals over claims brought by peripatetic oil workers.
- Woods v Pasab t/a Jhoots  IRLR 305, CA : Authority on 'causation' in a case where religious discrimination was alleged. Successful at both EAT and Court of Appeal.
- Yerrakalva v Barnsley MBC  IRLR 420, 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. Successful in persuading the Court of Appeal to overturn the EAT (Underhill P).
- Horizon Recruitment Limited v Vincent  ICR 491. : A case concerning the jurisdiction of an Employment Tribunal and specifically whether Tribunals have the power to set aside compromise agreements for misrepresentation.
- B & C v A  IRLR 400 EAT (Underhill J) : where I acted successfully for a Local Authority defending sex discrimination and harassment claims where the central allegation was one of rape and where the remedy claimed was in excess of £1m.
- 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 the (now redundant) 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.
- %u2022 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- GMB v. Dewhirst  EAT : concerning large-scale 'collective' redundancies following a clothing factory closure in the north-east.
- Duffy v. Leeds City Council. : A DDA claim concerning an individual with debilitating bipolar disorder.
- 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.
- 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
- Assigned to the East Midlands region
- 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.
- HM Armed Force - The Light Dragoons (1989-94) Edward joined the army as a Short Service Office in a Reconnaissance Regiment and was promoted to Captain after two years. He served in the UK, Norway, Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina