Edward Brown > Essex Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Essex Court Chambers
Essex Court Chambers
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Broad-ranging practice across the following practice areas: commercial litigation; employment; media, entertainment and sport; VAT; shareholders and company director disputes; financial services litigation. Experienced trial advocate and regularly appears across a range of tribunals and courts. Regularly advises and acts on High Court injunctions, including applications in the Commercial Court for high-value freezing orders. Substantial experience acting in appeals in the Upper Tribunal, EAT, High Court and Court of Appeal, and is often instructed alone against leading counsel. Also acts as a representative at commercial mediations. Appointed to the Attorney-General’s B Panel in 2014 and C Panel 2010. Also acts regularly for central government.




Queens’ College, Cambridge University (BA First Class Hons); London School of Economics (LLM – Distinction); University of Siena (MA).


Cycling, football, squash.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward BrownEssex Court ChambersDirect and straight to the point, he grasps issues quickly, analyses them thoroughly and provides straightforward advice.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Edward BrownEssex Court ChambersStrategy-focused and highly technically competent – a fantastic, user-friendly barrister. Solicitors can’t say enough positive things about him.

Essex Court Chambers is regularly instructed in high-profile, complex employment cases. In Citadel Securities v GSA Capital Partners and others, David Craig QC represented Citadel in claims for conspiracy and misuse of confidential information, which related to an algorithmic trading strategy; and in JLT & Ors v Ed Broking & Ors, Daniel Oudkerk QC  and senior junior Edward Brown acted for the claimants in a high-value High Court claim (with related disclosure applications in the New York Courts) that arose out of a poaching raid in the insurance sector. Boosting the set’s senior end, Iain Quirk QC took silk in 2021.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward BrownEssex Court ChambersClear in his advice and robust in his advocacy, he can present difficult arguments with skill and tenacity.

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

(Tax: VAT - Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Edward BrownEssex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers has a well-established presence in the VAT litigation space and features expertise in cases involving environmental taxation, customs duty and other aspects of indirect tax. David Scorey QC has ‘strong advocacy‘ skills and acted for RBS in RBS v HMRC, a case that involved allegations of an £88m VAT fraud arising from the sale and purchase of carbon credits in 2009. Roderick Cordara QC has a strong UK and Australian indirect tax practice; he was recently acting for Target Group against HMRC in a case that concerned issues of VAT exemptions. Edward Brown is also noted and was involved in Virgin Media v HMRC, a high-profile VAT dispute in the telecoms space.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward BrownEssex Court ChambersDown-to-earth, super-bright and a joy to work with. A huge asset on the most complex and demanding cases.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

(Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Edward BrownEssex Court ChambersVery good on his feet. Very responsive and fast turnaround.