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Cloisters (Cloisters Chambers), Ed Williams QC, London, ENGLAND

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Ed Williams QC

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Employment; discrimination and equality; human rights; commercial and common law; public and regulatory law.


Ed is named by the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Legal Experts as a leading employment and discrimination junior, and is regularly leading other junior barristers.

Five of Ed's current appellate cases were named as part of Micky Rubenstein's cases to watch for 2015.

Ed receives instructions from a wide range of clients, including individuals, large national and multinational companies including investment and high street banks, trade unions, national and local broadcasters, local and police authorities, housing associations, universities, schools and FE colleges, charities and nation states.

Recently, Ed has been instructed in a number of high profile and significant cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court, EAT and Employment Tribunal. These include the scope of the EU Directive for Temporary Agency workers, whether the elective theory of termination should apply to calculating the date an employee’s contract is terminated for unfair dismissal cases; a share options case worth over £60 million to an individual, whether 250 former IBM employees were discriminated on grounds of age/constructively dismissed arising out of changes made to their pensions "Project Waltz", acting for one of the schools in Birmingham named in Operation Trojan Horse as being subject to an Islamist takeover, whether a Banker working and living in Singapore for a UK Bank is protected by EU and Human Rights law when making a protected disclosure, breaches of Home Office Animal Testing guidelines by a senior academic at a Russell Group University, whether a Trade Union lay branch secretary has employment protection and whether Marxist or Left Wing Democratic Socialist views are a protected characteristic, whether there is a TUPE transfer from sole employment to joint employment, what redress a teacher has against damaging CRB references against a former employer and what Academy schools liabilities are for the torts of their predecessor schools.

Ed also has an expanding Education, Public and Regulatory law practice as well as in employment related injunctions.

Ed is also an Accredited Mediator and co-founder and Director of witness familiarisation company Assurety (


Called 2000. Ed has been a visiting human rights lecturer at Nottingham Law School, and is currently a member of the College of Law’s higher rights teaching panel. He also teaches civil litigation courses (run by the College of Law) at city law firms.

Ed is co-author of the chapter on Employment Tribunal Procedure and the Dispute Resolution Regulations in Sweet and Maxwell’s Discrimination Law for Employment Lawyers. Ed regularly writes for national media on issues ranging from industrial disputes to race discrimination.

Ed is a co-founder and trustee of ‘Cricket Without Boundaries’ – a charity dedicated to using cricket to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and bridging ethnic divisions in Africa (


Industrial Law Society; Employment Lawyers Association; Employment Law Barristers Association; International Bar Association Human Rights Institute.


BA Nottingham


Ed is a co-founder and trustee of ‘Cricket Without Boundaries’ – a charity dedicated to using cricket to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and bridging ethnic divisions in Africa (

London Bar


Within: 2018 Silks

Ed Williams QC - Cloisters ‘ Relates to clients well and is excellent at acting for vulnerable individuals. ’

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