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.
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
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.
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.
…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
Employment Lawyers Association
Midlands Commercial and Chancery Bar Association
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