How Can Ed Help You?
Given the often difficult circumstances in which he is instructed, Ed strives to provide consistent, pragmatic and commercial advice to clients, often on matters which necessarily involve alternative fee arrangements.
Ed's main practice areas involve him advising on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, contractual and corporate disputes (including guarantee, shareholder and warranty claims), asset and debt recovery (including the effective use of statutory demands and winding-up-petitions), professional negligence and on claims involving company directors (including CDDA/directors' disqualification and misfeasance claims). He also has significant experience in advising on energy litigation, and regularly advises on procurement disputes under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (both in court proceedings and on a discrete basis).
Ed is part of our Coronavirus Response team and provides specialist support to a wide variety of organisations on the challenges posed by coronavirus.
Meeting Your Needs
As the different practice areas in which Ed works overlap and complement each other, he looks to provide you with clearly thought out and effective commercial advice. In particular, Ed looks for solutions that avoid protracted litigation where possible and prides himself on his straightforward and commercial approach to advising clients and to resolving business disputes.
Ed is often involved in assisting clients in resolving matters through the effective use of mediation, as well as in taking urgent injunctive action to locate and protect assets (freezing, search and seizure orders). He and his team are also willing to consider alternative fee structures for undertaking work for certain cases, including third party funding, conditional fee arrangements and damage based agreements.
What Others Say
Ed and his team are regularly instructed by a wide range of long standing clients, including a wide range of accountancy firms and insolvency practitioners, one of the Big Six energy suppliers, companies in a wide range of sectors, directors, independent schools, charities and shareholders and partners in dispute.
Ed has been recognised in the legal directories for a number of years for his restructuring, litigation, professional negligence and commercial debt recovery work. A selection of the directory feedback he has received in recent years is set out below:
Chambers & Partners (2016):
"Very experienced litigator with notable experience in insolvency-related disputes."
"Very solid, very calm and very sensible - a strong adviser."
Entries in Previous Years Include:
"Has particular expertise in advising on disputes concerning financial distress and business breakdown, including contract disputes, corporate insolvency and professional negligence."
"Everything that you could want from an insolvency lawyer - calm, well delivered and practical."
Legal 500 describes Ed as "calm, experienced and reasoned" and "proactive, commercial and client focused" with "good client relationship skills."
"Someone with a great deal of insight into commercial problems" and that he is "able to cut to the nub of an issue quickly in order to help you deal with the problems and move on."
"Great all-round commercial expertise, personable service and hard work."
"He is responsive, supportive, approachable and sensible' whilst being 'commercially very strong' with a 'practical approach to his work."
"Efficient, easy to work with and always remains calm" and "provides highly practical corporate and personal insolvency advice."
"He gives you full confidence and puts you at complete ease in what are often intense situations." - Chambers & Partners
"Methodical and thorough, his documentation is always of the highest calibre." - Chambers & Partners
What You Might Like to Know
Ed is a committee member of R3 in the South West and regularly presents to clients and others on litigation and insolvency matters. He is also a member of our Energy law team.
In his mind, Ed is an active sportsman who enjoys, running, cycling, playing football and cricket and watching Welsh rugby. In reality, Ed occasionally does some of those things, but can more often be found coaching a boys cricket team at Keynsham Cricket Club in the summer or watching his three sons play those sports. He has given up golf as a lost cause.