Edward Macey-Dare

Edward Macey-Dare

Partner and Head of Employment

Edward Macey-Dare specialises in employment law, commercial dispute resolution and company/commercial transactions.

Employment law and Dispute Resolution

Ed represents directors, senior executives and other senior employees of financial institutions and other companies, both in their pre-contractual negotiations and also in disputes over (inter alia) bonus payments, share options, disciplinary matters, termination of employment (including wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal and discrimination) and restrictive covenants. In addition, he advises employer clients in the commercial and education sectors in relation to contract wordings, employment handbooks, grievance and disciplinary procedures, collective redundancies, the impact of new legislation and TUPE obligations.

Ed's Dispute Resolution practice comprises general commercial litigation (to include professional negligence disputes) and appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, which very conveniently sits in Parliament Square, just around the corner from our offices. In addition, he represents clients in Public Inquiries.

Ed has earned a reputation as a tough and effective negotiator, and as a skillful litigator when an acceptable compromise cannot be achieved. He has particular experience of obtaining freezing injunctions and other urgent relief for his clients from the Courts.


Ed's commercial clients include Italian fashion houses, luxury goods brands, producers of wines and spirits, and their UK commercial agents and distributors.

He is often instructed in relation to disputes over commercial agency and distributorship agreements. He also advises on commercial contracts, mergers, acquisitions and other commercial transactions.


Ed was educated at Westminster Cathedral Choir School, Stonyhurst, Durham University and the College of Law, Guildford. He qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and became a partner of Brown Cooper (our predecessor firm) in 2000.

He is the third generation partner to be Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, he is a former President of the City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society (and currently Chairman of its Legal Charities Garden Party Committee) and he represents the constituency of the City of Westminster on the Law Society Council. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and regularly lectures on employment law matters.

Outside work, Ed's principal interests are music, history and sport. He lives in Sussex and is married with one daughter.