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Dere Street Barristers

Chambers of John Elvidge QC

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Newcastle upon Tyne, York

Edward Legard

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Dere Street Barristers (Chambers of John Elvidge QC)


Edward is a specialist employment practitioner covering all major aspects of employment law. Edward’s caseload comprises a broadly even split of respondent and claimant work. He has a broad practice and act for local authorities, health trusts, trade unions and individuals. Edward acts on behalf of a large number of Local Authorities and health trusts principally concerning claims alleging discrimination (of all types), whistle blowing and victimisation. He has also represented a number of unions (together with their individual members) on ‘collective redundancy’ cases arising out of several high-profile North East factory/site closures. He has regularly lectured to groups of solicitors and HR personnel on a wide variety of employment-related topics. He has appeared regularly in Scotland as well as England and Wales both in general Tribunals and the EAT (Scotland). Edward has a strong Appellate Court practice. Described in Chambers & Partners 2013 edition (where he is the only practitioner in Band 1) as having a fine reputation as an ‘excellent cross-examiner,’ who is able to ‘hit the right notes when putting his point across’, and in the latest edition is one of the leading employment barristers on the North East circuit. He is also ‘highly recommended’ in the Legal 500. Edward is a CEDR trained mediator. For a typical example of mediation in the employment field, Edward was brought in as sole mediator in a sex discrimination/constructive dismissal case brought against the Police Force. This took place over two days and resulted in financial settlement and reinstatement. In other cases, which number more than 25, he has mediated race, disability and sex discrimination disputes to successful conclusions.


Called 1996; Grays Inn. Employment Judge (fee paid) 2010.


University of St Andrews (1989 MA (Hons) English Literature); Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (1990 Officer Training); The College of Law (1995 CPE); The Inns of Court School of Law (1996 BVC Very Competent).

Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit


Within: Employment – Leading juniors

Edward Legard - Dere Street BarristersA calm and fluent advocate.

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