Ed is a Partner in Kennedys’ London office. Previously listed as one of only three Star Associates specialising in defendant clinical negligence in Chambers UK 2016, he acts on behalf of NHS Resolution for a large number of NHS trusts. These include Barts Health NHS Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  

Ed also defends medical malpractice insurers and private hospitals and clinics. He mainly, but by no means exclusively, acts in a number of high-value birth injury cases and cases involving paralysis following spinal injury. He recently proceeded to trial on a high value quantum case where an attempt had been made to challenge the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Iqbal [2007]. The pursuit of this point was dropped following robust defence.

Other aspects of his work include representing, and conducting advocacy for, NHS trusts and private hospitals at inquests. A recent success includes an inquest where Ed secured the quashing of a senior coroner’s finding. A fresh inquest was ordered. Ed also has experience in representing defendants at round table meetings and mediations.

Ed has represented various Medical Protection Society members on general practitioner claims and claims involving reconstructive surgery, vascular surgery and neurosurgery. On the regulatory side, Ed has experience of matters proceeding before both the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  He has assisted the NHS Confederation looking at risk management standards from the perspective of NHS trusts and has recently been considering what the UK can learn from patient safety initiatives put in place by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority.

He has contributed to government thinking by leading the firm’s response to the government consultation on rapid resolution and redress for severe birth injury.

Ed advises NHS trusts on health law issues, such as capacity, emergency declarations and duty of candour requirements. He also lectures at the Royal College of Medicine. Most recently he lectured on the duty of candour, dealing with complaints and responding to legal claims.

Other work within the discipline of healthcare has been considering emerging risks associated with the Secretary of State for Health’s aim for a digital future for the NHS.

Ed regularly contributes to the Kennedys’ healthcare publications and is a co-author of Kennedys’ medical law guide, having written the chapter on inquests.

Outside the field of healthcare, Ed is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL). He has also been working with both BPP Law School and CILEx Law School on the ongoing development of legal apprenticeships.


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2006

Ed is "very bright and very meticulous in preparing instructions," as well as "technically, strategically and tactically brilliant."

Chambers UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Notable practitioner for 'Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant (UK-wide)'
    "Market sources remark that he is very bright and very meticulous in preparing instructions, as well as technically, strategically and tactically brilliant."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • A Recommended Lawyer for 'Clinical Negligence (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Notable practitioner for 'Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant (UK-wide)'
    "A knowledgeable lawyer with a great deal of experience in dealing with complex negligence claims."
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner (Up and Coming) for ‘Clinical negligence: mainly defendant (UK-wide)’
    "Sources say ‘He is a delight to work with and very careful in his approach – sensible and thorough.’"
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "[He] continues to impress as a really hard-working, thorough, dedicated and effective associate who handles cases sympathetically and has a proactive approach in working towards a solution.”
    Chambers UK 2015


Work highlights

  • R v Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust [2007]
  • D v (1) Chowdhury (2) Hamal (3) Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust [2009]
  • A v Barts & The London NHS Trust [2009]
  • Martin Stoker (a protected party proceeding by his Litigation Friend, Paul Stoker) v (1) Dr Tahir (2) Dr Cameron-Mowat (3) Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust [2013]
  • Eva Rose Totham (a protected party suing by her mother and litigation friend, Sarah Elizabeth Totham) v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2015]
  • Boo (a child by his father and litigation friend, Boodad) v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2016]
  • Faija Akhtar v Barts Health NHS Trust [2016]
  • Ms Karen Paulette Caplan (Administrator of the Estate of Miss Robin Callender, Deceased) v (1) Perrymans Care Home (2) MCCH Society Ltd (3) East Thames Group (4) Dr Joyce Akpotor (5) Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and (6) London Borough of Waltham Forest [2016]
  • Terezia Sulicova v Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2017]
  • Alan Taylor v Barts Health NHS Trust [2017]
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Leading Individual

    Chambers UK 2016