- Quality Service Putting our clients first and understanding their challenges, objectives and goals and delivering a tailored service that represents value in every sense.
- Heritage Taking pride in our history, embracing our legacy and taking responsibility for the future success of our firm.
- Forward Thinking Striving to be flexible, skilled, able to adapt to the needs of our clients and always thinking several steps ahead.
- Expertise To pursue the delivery of outstanding results in all we do and to be market leaders in our specialist sectors.
- Dynamic To be positive in attitude, energetic, responsive and always on the front foot.
Ed heads up our Employment Department, ably assisted by fellow partner Ed Henderson and a team of more junior lawyers.
He advises employees on pre-contractual negotiations, disputes over (inter alia) bonus payments, share options, disciplinary matters, termination of employment (including wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal and discrimination) and restrictive covenants; he also advises employer clients in relation to contract wording, employment handbooks, grievance and disciplinary procedures, collective redundancies, the impact of new legislation and TUPE obligations.
Ed has particular experience of acting for directors, senior executives and other senior employees of financial institutions in the City of London. He also acts for clients in various niche sectors, most notable wines and spirits (for whom he also negotiates commercial agency and distribution agreements), charity, ecclesiastical and education. In addition, Ed has a stand-alone practice dealing with Appeals to the Privy Council from select Commonwealth jurisdictions and also represents clients in Public Inquiries.
Ed qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Some of his career highlights to date include:
- Acting for an offshore commodity trader in a claim relating to share options and bonus.
- Acting for a senior compliance officer in a City bank in a claim for unfair dismissal and breach of contract (relating to loss of share options and clawback of bonus).
- Acting for numerous City bankers in age, race and sex discrimination claims.
- Defending several ex-employees in a spring board injunction brought by their former employer.
- Acting for various clergymen in high profile cases (including a test case challenging a mandatory retirement age and in a Public Inquiry).
- Acting in numerous Privy Council appeals (most recently relating to the occupation of land with valuable mineral rights in the Bahamas).
Career to date
Ed is the third generation partner to be Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, he is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, he is a former President of the City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society and he represented the City of Westminster on the Law Society Council between 2016 and 2020.