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Edward Capewell

Edward Capewell

Edward Capewell

Practice Overview

Edd practices as an advocate and adviser across the full range of Chambers’ work in employment & commercial law and public law. He has experience both as sole counsel and with a leader in litigation before a wide range of courts and tribunals including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Tribunal, EAT, County Court and Upper Tribunal.

In the employment and commercial law sphere, Edd’s practice is particularly focussed on High Court employment disputes of all types, commercial contract disputes, and whistleblowing and discrimination claims in the employment tribunal. He acts for a wide range of corporate and individual clients across the private and public sectors and is an experienced trial advocate. His recent instructions include acting for a higher education institution in a multi-million pound loss of profits claim in the Mercantile Court (University of Wales v London College of Business Ltd), for several financial services and legal professionals in high-value whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal, and as part of a team of counsel in a substantial civil fraud action in the High Court (deceit, breach of warranty, unlawful means conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty).

Edd’s public law practice at11KBW is varied but has a particular focus on all areas of local government law in which he has significant experience and expertise. Recent reported cases include the widely-reported recent decision on the establishment of combined authorities (Derbyshire CC v Sheffield City Region), the Southampton University freedom of speech case (R (Ben-Dor) v Southampton University) and the long-running VAT litigation concerning off-street parking (Isle of Wight Council v Revenue & Customs Commissioners). Edd also practises in EU law, particularly as it affects the activities of public authorities (including procurement and state aid matters) as well as in domestic and European human rights law. He regularly appears in the tribunals and the County Court on behalf of the Information Commissioner and other public and private authorities in information rights and data protection matters.

Prior to coming to 11KBW Edd spent four years at Cambridge University where he obtained a first class degree and MPhil in Theology & Religious Studies. This was followed by a year working in civil engineering before taking the CPE at City University where he obtained a distinction and won the public law essay prize. Edd was a Hardwicke and Lord Denning scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and is a member of ALBA, COMBAR, ELBA, ELA and the Bar European Group.


R (Whitstable Society) v Canterbury City Council
[2017] EWHC 254 (with James Goudie QC)
Disposal of land for best consideration, ‘open space’ and discretionary refusal of relief

R (Derbyshire County Council) v Sheffield City Region Combined Authority
[2016] EWHC 3355 (Admin) (with James Goudie QC)
Combined authorities, scope of duty of consultation

University of Wales v London College of Business Ltd
[2016] EWHC 888 (QB)
Breach of contract, quantum of lost profits, expert evidence

Wandsworth LBC v Vining
[2016] ICR 427
Human rights and exclusions from trade union rights & the right to claim unfair dismissal

R (Ben Dor) v University of Southampton
[2016] EWHC 953 (Admin); [2016] ELR 279
Academic freedom of expression, human rights and the threat of terrorism

R (L&P) v Warwickshire County Council
[2015] EWHC 203 (Admin), [2015] LGR 81 (with James Goudie QC)
Scope of common-law consultation obligations and assessments under Children Act 1989

Innes v Information Commissioner
[2014] EWCA Civ 1086, [2015] 1 WLR 210
FOIA permits requests for information in particular software formats

R (Isle of Wight Council) v HMRC
[2014] UKUT 446 (TCC), [2015] STC 460 (with Julian Ghosh QC and Clive Sheldon QC)
Non-taxation of local authorities to VAT likely to lead to substantial distortions of competition in the off-street parking market

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Professional title: Barrister

Full name (as registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales):
Edward Capewell

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Legal Status: Sole Practitioner

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