Ed Beever

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Ed Beever

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.


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.

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.

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 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.

Education

Merton College, Oxford, BA (Hons), Jurisprudence

Appointments and Memberships

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

Testimonials

"Not ruffled by the most complex of matters." Legal 500 2020
"His advice is concise and practical. He is clearly very smart, yet he's still approachable and practical with his advice." Chambers UK
"He has a real ability to get to the heart of a problem quickly, and he has extremely good technical knowledge." Chambers UK
"He has a real ability to get to the heart of a problem quickly, and he has extremely good technical knowledge." Chambers UK
"His advice is concise and practical. He is clearly very smart, yet he's still approachable and practical with his advice." Chambers UK
"He has excellent rapport with clients and he can put them at ease and is a skilled advocate." Chambers UK
"His legal advice is sound, robust and clear and he'll really fight for the case. He goes the extra mile." Chambers UK
"A fantastic barrister who is technically astute and commercially savvy in equal measure.", "He handles the case in a really sensible and intelligent manner." Chambers UK
“Unflappable and hardworking.” Legal 500
"He's very cool, calm and collected and very good with restraint of trade instructions." Chambers UK
"His advice was clear, concise and direct. I was particularly impressed by the commercial emphasis to his advice, balancing the risks with the overall commercial objectives to deliver pragmatic results." Chambers UK
"He's good in front of clients, always gets great results, is super-easy to deal with and he knows the law backwards." Chambers UK
"He is a very good advocate and a very effective cross-examiner; he is able to be forceful and also be in control without being aggressive. He is very composed." Chambers UK
"He is exceptional in tribunal; he will not get the judge's back up and due to his presentation skills, he makes everybody listen." Chambers UK
“A specialist employment barrister handling discrimination and commercial employment matters.” Legal 500
"He has an ability to master complex briefs and is able to give a firm steer on a case." Legal 500
"He's extremely experienced, thorough, pragmatic and he's very good with clients." Chambers UK