Rated as a Leading Junior in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 with recommendations as a “go-to junior”, “exceptionally able”, a “rock solid choice”, “phenomenally positive, focused and practical”, a “very persuasive negotiator” and “doing a huge amount of brilliant work.”
Practises in the areas of personal Injury, employment and industrial relations/trade unions. In a position to take full advantage of the increasing overlap between the fields of personal injury and employment law (for example, the cross-examination of medical experts, production of detailed Schedules and the use of the statutory definition of “disability” in the Ogden Tables A to D) and is able to provide a comprehensive service to employees and employers bringing or defending claims in the Tribunal and in the High Court.
Has an exceptionally high level of appellate work, appearing in the Supreme Court twice in the past 12 months, as well as in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on 5 occasions and in the Court of Appeal and Court of Session.
Was Junior Counsel to Sir Richard Scott’s Inquiry into the Export of Arms and Dual-Use Equipment to Iraq from 1992 to 1995.
Routinely appears in high-profile inquests and maximum severity catastrophic injury cases. His employment law practice complements his personal injury offering, especially in complex EL/PL disputes and quantum calculations. "He's excellent. If it's a difficult case he'll handle it with absolute aplomb." Acted for the claimant in a 25-day inquest investigating whether the police used excessive force when arresting the deceased in Jordan Begley (deceased) v Greater Manchester Police. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2017
Has a broad employment law practice, with extensive experience of High Court litigation and complex EAT claims. He specialises in industrial relations work and is often instructed by high-profile trade unions. "He is very experienced across the whole employment field and good to work with - he gives helpful advice." Instructed in O'Sullivan v TfL, a complex EAT case trying to ascertain whether a death in service benefit can be considered a loss following the redundancy and death of the claimant before the remedy hearing. - Employment, Chambers UK 2016
Peter Edwards is ranked as a Leading Junior in 'Employment'. "His case preparation, eye for detail and cross-examination are second to none." - Legal 500 2016
"He is able to give to provide accurate, focused and succinct advice." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016
Practises personal injury, employment and trade union law, and he is known for the strength of his performances in court. "A barrister with an excellent cross-examination technique, who is always willing to assist." "He brings a thorough and practical approach to his cases." Acted in a case brought by a former senior broker at BGC International, alleging bullying, harassment and claims relating to unpaid bonuses and provision of health insurance. - Employment, Chambers UK 2016
Covers the full breadth of personal injury litigation, including catastrophic injury, industrial disease and psychiatric injury claims. He is frequently instructed on cases involving serious orthopaedic, spinal cord and head injuries. "He is particularly good with clients and despite his seniority he retains that personal touch." Acted in Gallagher v Simpson, a High Court case where three family members were fatally injured in an RTA. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2016
"A fine advocate with an excellent legal mind." - Employment, Legal 500 2015
"He has a good grasp of the technical issues, yet his advice is delivered in a way that is easily understood by clients." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
"…the Judge struck out his claims (influenced yet again by Peter's brilliance). Peter has been such a wonderful barrister and we are very lucky to have him on our side - he is almost like a friend to us and I think that he gains just as much as we do when things go our way or put it another way – when justice prevails." – Lay client, March 2015
A skilled personal injury and employment specialist who is part of a select group of barristers singled out for cases that straddle the two areas. He is also renowned for his experience in trade union issues, and he regularly represents some of the largest unions in their most critical employment issues. Expertise: "Engaging, energetic and hard-working, he is adept at marshalling huge amounts of information very quickly." "He gets right to the heart of the issue, explains things very quickly and clearly, and comes down on one side or the other." Recent work: Advised TFL on an appeal against an earlier decision in the EAT, centring on the test for a postponement application owing to ill health. - Chambers UK 2015
Has a practice strong in catastrophic injury, industrial disease and psychiatric injury cases. He regularly handles cases involving severe injuries to the spine, brain damage and fatalities. Expertise: "He is energetic, hard-working and adept at marshalling huge amounts of information very quickly. He is also a very engaging guy who can make quite boring things lift off the page, so that a lay person, judge or client can see how they work." Recent work: Worked on behalf of a claimant who was paralysed and severely brain damaged following an RTA in the Vatican. - Chambers UK 2015
"First-class cross-examination skills" and "Extremely personable" - Legal 500 2014
Peter Edwards has a thriving appellate practice in employment and industrial relations matters. He was recently involved in Transocean International Resources v Craig in the Supreme Court, the final stage of the Offshore Workers, Working Time Regulation litigation. - Chambers UK 2013
Peter Edwards is a go-to junior for trade union work and has "done a huge amount of brilliant work in this area." He represented Unite in a number of the actions brought by, and against, British Airways arising out of the highly publicised industrial action by cabin crew members. - Chambers UK 2012
"A very persuasive negotiator" - Legal 500 2012
"A rock solid choice' for any employment matter." - Chambers UK 2011
Clients have every confidence in the skills of Peter Edwards, who is ‘phenomenally proactive, focused and practical.’ He is particularly recommended for complex trade union issues. - Chambers UK 2009
Exceptionally able. Edwards stands out to clients for his knack of explaining issues in a 'down-to-earth' way. He has a noted ability in disability cases. - Chambers UK 2008
“Once again, many thanks for all your assistance throughout this matter and, in particular, the way that you represented [the Claimant] in Court. Your calm, measured and logical presentation of the evidence and handling of the witness was exceptional. As you systematically discredited [the Defendant’s Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon] (which was fascinating and toe-curling to watch at the same time), my counterpart solicitor literally sat open-mouthed at you! … You achieved an award of damages of 3 times what was expected” - Senior Partner, Pickering & Butters LLP
Mainly High Court practice with particular specialism in catastrophic injury (spinal injuries, multiple injuries and head/brain injuries), disease litigation and psychiatric injury arising from bullying/harassment at work. In an almost unique position to take advantage of the increasing overlap between the fields of personal injury and employment law (in which he is already ranked in Chambers & Partners). Regularly instructed by top-ranked firms including Irwin Mitchell (London and Birmingham offices); Thompsons; Mishcon de Reya; Russell Jones & Walker and Fentons.
Expertise in occupational illness and disease litigation, including stress at work, dermatitis, asthma, asbestos exposure, vibration white finger and deafness.
Author of the occupational illness/disease sections (deafness and asbestos exposure) in the recently launched online reference work, Lexis PSL, Personal Injury Service which was the winner of the Online Product of the Year at the Legal Technology Awards.
Regularly conducts lectures/seminars on a diverse range of personal injury and health and safety topics for professional associations, solicitors and commercial training providers. Recent seminars include res ipsa loquitur, novus actus, case-law developments on limitation, contributory negligence, Part 36 Payments, Periodical Payments, Asbestos Exposure Cases, Ice and Snow Cases, Stress at Work Claims, Bullying and Harassment Claims and Maximising Schedules of Special Damages.
Regular contributor to the Journal of Personal Injury Law.
Recent notable cases include:
Junior Counsel of choice for employment law/industrial relations work for Unite the Union. Regularly instructed by large public sector employers, particularly Metropolitan Police, and leading, ranked City firms: DLA, Weightmans, Mischcon de Reya, Beachcrofts, Archon etc. Exceptionally strong client feedback and unusually high level of appellate work, having appeared in the Supreme Court (twice), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (5 times) and the Court of Session in the past year. Delivered Equality Act training to the Bar Council’s Disciplinary Tribunals (including many Q.C.s and Judges). Regular appearances against QC’s. Strong publishing profile: contributor to Tottel: Discrimination law; Jordans: Employment Law and Tottel’s Employment Law Precedents.
Expert on all aspects of employment law, including all types of discrimination, restrictive covenants, injunctions, wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, equal pay, TUPE, trade disputes, trade unions and commercial agents.
Appointed in January 2011 as Member of the Panel of Counsel for the Commission of Equality & Human Rights.
Particular expertise in disability discrimination (using his knowledge in the Personal Injury field and his experience in cross-examining medical experts), whistle-blowing, age discrimination and Working Time Regulation cases.
He successfully represented 21 Claimants in a 30-day case which resulted in the highest ever recorded award in a DDA case being made to one of the Claimants.
Successfully represented employees in the offshore sector in a 25 day case in the Aberdeen ET involving claims for paid leave pursuant to the Working Time Regulations, 1998. The employers appealed to the EAT (see reference below). The case is now proceeding to the Court of Session.
In 2009 he was instructed by Unite in the high profile High Court/Court of Appeal age discrimination case brought by Rolls Royce PLC seeking a declaration as to the lawfulness of a redundancy selection criterion based on length of service.
Involved in 5 high-profile Public Interest Disclosure Act cases in 2006 to 2008 for Claimants and Defendants, including representing a Claimant in a claim brought against a provincial police force which resulted in the then highest recorded award in a PIDA case.
Lectured extensively and advised a number of high profile employers on issues relating to the recent Age Discrimination Regulations. Spoke at the Age Discrimination and High Court Litigation Seminars hosted by Devereux Chambers.
Has a balanced Claimant/Respondent practice.
Advises and represents some of the largest and highest profile employers in the country and is instructed by many of the major City and provincial solicitors. He is also regularly instructed by and on behalf of public bodies including numerous local authorities, Royal Mail, Transport for London, the Greater London Authority and the Metropolitan Police Service.
Also frequently instructed by Trade Unions including Unite, the Communication Workers Union and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
Peter Edwards is a go-to junior for trade union work and has done a huge amount of brilliant work in this area. He represented Unite in a number of the actions brought by, and against, British Airways arising out of the highly publicised industrial action by cabin crew members
Chambers UK 2012
“[Peter] is particularly recommended for complex trade union issues” Chambers UK 2009
Junior Counsel of choice for industrial relations work for Unite the Union. Advises and represents both large employers (including Coca Cola, Royal Mail and London Underground) and Trade Unions (including Unite, Unison and the FBU) on all aspects of industrial relations law and practice. Conducted and defended a number of multi-party actions up to EAT/Court of Appeal level on industrial relations issues.
Advised Unite on its internal Industrial Action Ballot Guidelines following the decision of the Court of Appeal in Metrobus UK. Also advised Unite on the contents of its Rule Book following the merger between the TGWU and Amicus.
Frequently involved in injunction applications based on industrial relations issues, including unofficial industrial action and balloting requirements.
Provides seminars, lectures and training to employers/unions on industrial relations issues, including a televised seminar to a commercial training organisation on collective redundancy consultation.
Notable recent cases in this area include:
Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal of the Social Entitlement Chamber
PIBA, APIL, ELBA, ELA, ILS, BSB, Member of the ELAAS scheme at the Employment Appeal Tribunal
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