Ed Williams QC

Ed Williams KC

Ed Williams QC


Ed Williams KC has a stellar appellate and multi-day trial practice in employment related commercial law and in discrimination law. He is named by the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal and Legal Experts as a leader in his field.

Over the past twenty four months Ed has been instructed in a number of high profile and significant cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court, EAT and Employment Tribunal.

Ed receives instructions from a wide range of clients, including individuals, large national and multinational companies including investment and high street banks, trade unions, national and local broadcasters, local and police authorities, housing associations, universities, schools and FE colleges, charities and nation states.

Recent cases include, acting for the Claimant in one of the most valuable High Court share option claims for an individual worth in excess of £40 million, acting for one of the Birmingham schools named in Operation Trojan Horse as being subject to an alleged Islamist takeover, acting for 250 former IBM employees bringing claims for age discrimination and constructive dismissal arising out of changes made to their pensions “Project Waltz” as well as considering the scope of the GDPR on Courts and Tribunals.

Reported Cases

Henderson v GMB [2017] IRLR 340, CA (left wing democratic socialism as a protected belief.)

Henderson v GMB [2017] IRLR 340, CA (left wing democratic socialism as a protected belief.)

Sandle v Adecco UK Ltd [2016] IRLR 941, EAT (dismissal by omission of an agency worker).

Sandle v Adecco UK Ltd [2016] IRLR 941, EAT (dismissal by omission of an agency worker).

Smania v Standard Chartered [2015] ICR 436, EAT (whistleblowing and its international jurisdiction).

Camurat v Thurrock Borough Council [2014] EWHC 2482, QB, [2015] ELR 1 (whether ex-empoyers owe any city of care when making safeguarding disclosures).

Moran v Ideal Cleaning and Celanese [2014] ICR 442, EAT (the meaning of the word “temporary” in European and UK law for agency workers).


BA Nottingham

Appointments and Memberships

Member of Industrial Law Society

Member of Employment Lawyers Association

Member of Employment Law Barristers Association

Member of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute

Accredited Mediator

Ed has been a visiting human rights lecturer at Nottingham Law School

Ed is currently a member of the College of Law’s higher rights teaching panel. He also teaches civil litigation courses (run by the College of Law) at city law firms.


“He is bright and provides exceptional client care. Very diligent, calm and a great team player. He has an excellent knowledge of the law and is client-focused.” Chambers and Partners, 2018
“Very thorough. He shows outstanding commitment to his clients success.” Chambers and Partners, 2018
”He is very thorough and shows outstanding commitment to the client’s success.” “He is very good, especially his skeleton arguments and his cross-examinations.” Chambers and Partners, 2017
“A strong advocate who provides clear and concise advice” Legal 500, 2018
“An excellent all-round lawyer with an unflappable and calm manner.” Legal 500, 2017
“His employment law knowledge is excellent and he is a great resource in litigation.” Legal 500, 2016



Ed Williams KC

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Ed Williams QC
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