Edward Capewell




Edd’s practice covers the full range of Chambers’ work in employment & commercial law and public law (including local government, information & data protection, EU & procurement and education law). He commenced practice at 11kbw in 2010 following completion of his pupillage.

In the employment and commercial law sphere, Edd acts on behalf of employers and employees in all types of litigation including that relating to breach of contract and bonus entitlement, restrictive covenants and confidential information, discrimination, whistleblowing, and trade union rights. He has appeared as sole counsel in a number of multi-day Employment Tribunal claims and has also appeared with a leader and alone in the EAT and Court of Appeal. Recent clients have included major retailers, banks, NHS trusts, the Police Federation, an American university and a number of individuals working in financial services and other areas of industry. He has considerable experience of the European aspects of employment law and has recently been involved in litigation concerning the scope of the Collective Redundancies Directive and (separately) the Part Time Workers’ Directive. He is a contributor to Tolley’s Employment Handbook.

On the public law side, in the past two years Edd has represented a number of local authorities in the High Court in challenges to the re-structuring of public services including libraries, adult social care, sheltered housing, allotments and parking. Recently he has been engaged on behalf of the local authorities in the high-profile Barnet parking charges judicial review (Attfield v Barnet LBC) and in the litigation concerning the powers of elected Mayors in England (Buck v Doncaster MBC). He is instructed by the local authority Claimants in the long-running VAT litigation concerning off-street parking (Isle of Wight Council v Revenue & Customs Commissioners). He has experience of advising public bodies on general vires and governance issues, equality duties and information and data protection matters. He has also recently advised on state aid and competition law issues in the context of local government grant funding. He regularly appears in the Information Rights and Upper tribunals on behalf of the Information Commissioner and other public authorities. He is a member of the editorial board of Butterworths Local Government Reports and has contributed to the Education Law Journal.

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.

Areas of Practice

Local Government

Year Qualified