Ed Beever Employment

Call: 1991

Introduction

Ed is a specialist employment practitioner with substantial commercial litigation experience.

The legal press has described him as “among the top juniors in his field” for thorough preparation and outstanding court performances, Ed is a “highly approachable barrister whose academic talents are matched by his ability to manage and communicate effectively with clients”.

Ed deals with the range of employment disputes in tribunal, including high value and complex litigation. His High Court experience extends to claims for senior executives and involving directors’ duties. He frequently is engaged to advise and represent in injunctive relief in employment disputes.

A member of the Attorney General Panel of Counsel, Ed’s clients include numerous central government departments and external agencies. His private clients include national companies, plcs as well as numerous SMEs.

His employment experience includes:

  • Junior Counsel in a complex breach of fiduciary claim in the insurance industry sector, including dishonest assistance, knowing receipt,
  • Financial derivatives, in the context of directors’ negligence and constructive dismissal employment tribunal proceedings
  • Appeals to the EAT: Discrimination (relevance of inadequate explanations), age discrimination (strike out/costs) , interim relief and complex whistleblowing allegations
  • Freezing Injunctions and commercial pre-emptive remedies
  • Substantial TUPE and insolvency issues

Ed gives seminars extensively with particular emphasis on commercial/employment issues, such as restraint of trade; TUPE and insolvency; fiduciary duties; performance management. He is an accredited advocacy trainer.

He has also been involved in restrictive covenant matters acting for respondents.

What the Directories Say

Ed is ranked as a leading Junior in Chambers and Partners as well as in the Legal 500. He appears every year, in which most recently Ed has been described as :

‘Every bit as good as the leading senior juniors in London.’ – Legal 500 2015

Frequently handles complex Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases and is recognised for his expertise in cases regarding high-level directors’ disputes and restrictive covenants. “He has an ability to master complex briefs and is able to give a firm steer on a case.” “He’s extremely experienced, thorough, pragmatic and he’s very good with clients.” – Chambers & Partners 2020

Handles commercial employment disputes for claimants and respondents. He is admired for his handling of complex matters concerning discrimination, restrictive covenants and senior director disputes.  Expertise: “He has extremely good advocacy skills and is also very good with the clients. He builds a rapport and is very approachable.” “He is good at communicating advice to clients in a way that makes the legal issues clear, and he sees the strengths and weaknesses of a case.”  CHAMBERS UK 2015.

2014: Employment

Ed leads the employment practice group at St Philips Chambers, and splits his time between employment and commercial matters. He focuses on defendants but has a significant claimant practice with expertise across the spectrum of employment law. As a member of the Attorney General’s Panel Counsel he represents bodies such as the MOD and HMRC.

Expertise: “He is charming with sensitive clients. He’s a confident and excellent advocate.”

2014: Commercial Dispute Resolution

Praised for his accessibility and willingness to help. His recent experience includes employment-related disputes and cases involving dishonesty.

Expertise: “He has superb attention to detail.”

Recent work: He was instructed in a case involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud arising from the acceptance of false invoices

2013: Commercial Dispute Resolution

… is seen as a “go-to-guy” by numerous solicitors working in commercial litigation. He is recognised widely as a highly approachable barrister whose academic talents are matched by his ability to manage and communicate effectively with clients

2013: Employment

The “utterly charming” Edmund Beever is a highly respected figure at the Employment Bar. One particularly impressed source was keen to highlight his ability as a cross-examiner, saying, “you would be hard pressed to find anyone who is as skilled” in this regard. Ed Beever is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel.

2012: Commercial Dispute Resolution

… brings an “analytical mind and a great work ethic” to his cases. He has impressed numerous people in the region, not least because he is considered to be “a really good guy to work with.” Interviewees praise his work on contractual and employment claims.

2012: Employment

Edmund Beever heads the group and is noted for his skill in matters regarding restrictive covenants and injunctive relief proceedings. His “thorough preparation and outstanding court performances” place him among the top juniors in the field.

2011: Employment

…valued for giving “unambiguous, realistic advice” and “doing it with good humour.” His commercial and employment expertise has come to the fore in recent cases where he has been involved in some high-value directors’ breach of duty and information claims.

2011: Commercial Dispute Resolution

… Clients say that he “has a good rapport, communicates clearly and is an effective cross-examiner.”

Qualifications and Appointments:

Merton College, Oxford, BA (Hons), Jurisprudence

Member of Attorney General Panel of Counsel (re-appted 2007; 2012)

Fee Paid Employment Judge, 2013

Memberships:

Employment Lawyers Association

Midlands Commercial and Chancery Bar Association


Employment

Ed deals with the range of employment disputes in tribunal, including high value and complex litigation. His High Court experience extends to claims for senior executives and involving directors’ duties. He frequently is engaged to advise and represent in injunctive relief in employment disputes.

A member of the Attorney General Panel of Counsel, Ed’s clients include numerous central government departments and external agencies. His private clients include national companies, plcs as well as numerous SMEs.

Appointed as a Fee Paid Employment Judge, Ed is the ideal choice for effective advise and representation in employment matters, whether complex or unusual. He is praised for having "superb attention to detail" and "an excellent advocate".

Reported Cases:

Templeton Insurance v Brunswick and others [2012] EWHC 3319: - fiduciary duty- directors’ liabilities – breach of trust – knowing receipt – bankruptcy- fraud - costs

Re Infinity Lifestyles Ltd: [2009] BPIR 290: s.8 of CDDA - Directors of a Company engaged in money circulation schemes

A F Blakemore & Son Ltd (2) Trustees of the A F Blakemore & Son Ltd Staff Retirement Scheme v (1) N D Machin (2) J H [2007] EWHC 963 (Ch) - Compromise Agreements; Findings of Fact; Oral contracts; pension benefits; pensions ombudsman; effect of compromise with employer on former employees’ right to complain about pension administration

Wightman v Bennett [2005] BPIR 470: Directors’ duties: High Value property development - misfeasance

SSTI v Blunt [2005] 2 BCLC 463: directors’ disqualification. Misappropriation and dishonesty.

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Discrimination

Recent discrimination cases   have included public and private sector employers, from the Prison Service to schools and both SMEs and national plcs, Ed’s practice regularly involves complex and factually heavy disputes. With a 70% respondent profile, Ed is still highly regarded in his claimant work, including senior employees and Trades Unions. Examples include:

  • Age and disability discrimination – instructed by senior employee of national plc (surveying industry)
  • Whistleblowing, race discrimination – instructed by Birmingham City Council
  • Multi party redundancy in teaching profession – instructed by NUT
  • Defending a claim based on philosophical belief brought by high profile politician

Ed’s discrimination practice also extends to most aspects of equality, including outside the employment field: in education; the provision of goods and services.

Reported Cases:

Millwood v Birmingham City Council [2012] EqLR – Discrimination – burden of proof – effect of inadequate explanations

Jaddoo v Birmingham City Council [2004] AER (D) 410: unfair dismissal, disability and race discrimination claim - covert surveillance - long term losses. The liability and remedies hearings lasted 16 days. President of EAT, Burton J - quantification of loss, career long losses and the use of the Ogden Tables in employment cases.

Wright v Bilton School [2002] ICR 1463: disability discrimination - the extent of the employer’s knowledge of disability - duty to make reasonable adjustments.

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Employment in the High Court

Ed has acted in numerous commercial disputes relating to senior and board level employees and directors; ranging from well-known national companies to SMEs and both public and private sector. His work covers both contentious high court proceedings, including breach of fiduciary duty claims, and emergency injunction work.

“Highly respected” and “among the top juniors in his field” (Chambers and Partners) for his employment work, his recent cases have involved the insurance sector and recruitment industry in which he successfully represented corporate national leaders in pursuit of emergency injunctive relief

Ed is a member of St Philips Restraint of Trade and Confidentiality Team [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO]

Ed lectures extensively on directors’ duties and restrictive covenant work, emphasising the practical aspects of preparing for or defending injunction claims.

Reported Cases:

Templeton Insurance v Brunswick and others [2012] EWHC 3319: - fiduciary duty- directors’ liabilities – breach of trust – knowing receipt – bankruptcy- fraud - costs.

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