Edward Cooper > Slater and Gordon > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slater and Gordon
90 High Holborn

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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.


Bristol University.


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London > Employment > Employees/unions

(Hall of Fame)

Edward CooperSlater and Gordon

‘Well known to be one of the best teams for employee-side work’, Slater and Gordon regularly acts for senior executives, employees and trade union members in complex high-profile employment disputes. In addition to its specialism in discrimination cases, the group excels in unfair dismissal and whistleblowing matters, judicial reviews and pension issues. The practice has seen an increase in settlement agreements, with it establishing a sub-group focused on individual and collective settlements. Edward Cooper, who oversees the department’s organisation and member services (OMS) team, handles trade unions and staff associations relationships. Leading the employment team is Jo Mackie, who often represents private clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation. At the senior associate level, Doreen Reeves is noted for her expertise  in complex discrimination cases.