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Edward Cooper

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Edward is Head of Practice in the employment department at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, heading up the team servicing trade unions and staff associations and their members.. Edward specialises in all aspects of employment law, as well as advising on the “corporate” needs of  trades unions/staff associations. His experience has a particular emphasis on collective and policy matters; including trade union and industrial law, as well as pensions, public law and human rights-related employment issues. Edward has advised on the rules and procedures governing numerous trade unions and has wide experience in advising trade unions on mergers, Certification Officer complaints, internal disputes and industrial action issues. He has conducted numerous judicial review applications relating to public sector employment rights issues, and acted for a wide range of individual workers in a wide range of industries. More recently, he has acted in a number of professional negligence claims arising from the previous handling of their employment disputes by other solicitors and advisers, and advised on the implications  of GDPR for trade unions


Articled Simmons & Simmons; qualified 1984; partner Russell Jones & Walker since 1988; national head of employment; Russell Jones & Walker 1990-2012;Head of Practice, Employment Slater and Gordon 2012 to date.


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London: Human resources

Employment: employees/unions

Within: Leading individuals

Edward Cooper - Slater and Gordon

Within: Employment: employees/unions

Slater and Gordon's 'great depth of knowledge and experience' makes it 'a pre-eminent firm on the claimant side', where it advises employees and trade unions including FDA, PCS and NASUWT. Key names include 'highly experienced' department head Edward Cooper, partnership team head Clive Howard and the 'incredibly intelligent' Emma Hawksworth; Cooper recently acted for an individual in a case arising from the high-profile Trojan Horse affair alleging the Islamification of schools in Birmingham, and Hawksworth represented a Muslim prison chaplain in an indirect discrimination claim relating to pay disparity between Muslim and Christian chaplains. Other work for Hawksworth includes acting for a claimant in a disability discrimination claim relating to her dismissal from her police officer role and representing HMRC employees in equal pay claims. Paul Daniels joined Keystone Law in 2018.

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Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Slater and Gordon 'excels in the senior executive space' as 'an outstanding firm with a combative and experienced team, which always gets the results its clients need'. The department is 'genuinely brilliant at litigation' with notable experience in whistleblowing and discrimination claims, high-level terminations, bonus disputes, team moves and professional discipline issues.  Deborah Casale represented an individual employed in Saudi Arabia in an unfair dismissal claim; she is particularly active in the financial services sector. Claire Dawson leads the national practice and has notable expertise acting for clients with disabilaties; other key names include partnership team head Clive Howard, Edward Cooper, Julie Morris and London group head Paula Chan, who is 'a rising star and definitely one to watch with superb judgment and a keen intelligence'.

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