Ed trained at the firm and qualified into the employment, litigation and commercial department in October 2009 and has been a partner since April 2015. He now has a broad commercial and employment practice acting for large multi-nationals through to individuals.
Clients include large international companies, small business and, increasingly, entrepreneurs looking to start-up or invest in businesses.
Ed handles company acquisitions, sale of businesses as going concerns, JV and loan agreements, LLP agreements and many other corporate and commercial matters. He has a particular interest in acting for food and beverage providers having been involved from the outset with several London restaurants and bars drafting shareholders' agreements, aligning the articles, drafting directors' services agreements and handling subsequent company re-structures and re-financing.
Ed handles procedural and dispute avoidance work for employers and acts for both employers and employees in Employment Tribunal proceedings. Recent contentious work includes acting for the employer in an unfair dismissal and race discrimination claim, advising on emergency injunction proceedings following departure of a senior employee to a competitor and acting for various multi-academy trusts in the dismissal of high profile executives.
Acting for employees, Ed has had a number of recent successes negotiating exits and has a particular interest in the topic of stress at work and runs training for employers.
More generally, Ed advises a range of city companies, charities, academy trusts and church dioceses on employment procedure and current best practice. He regularly assists in updating contracts and policies, disciplinary matters and TUPE in both a schools and commercial context.
Ed is involved with the litigation team on some matters. Having inherited the high profile chancel repair case of PCC of Aston Cantlow v Wallbanks on qualifying, he has acted in various High Court and County Court litigation Court in property, probate and commercial contract disputes. He also handles much of the firm's clergy discipline matters either for respondents or advising the Bishop.
Ed is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is Deputy Registrar for the Diocese of Liverpool. He is married with a young family but still manages to play some cricket and squash, travel, write and learn about wine!