Corporate liability and Directors' duties
Professional Regulation (Including Safeguarding)
Confidentiality and Data Protection
Contentious & Non-Contentious Employment matters
Ed Morgan's High Court practice has particular emphasis upon those areas of litigation within which employment law, internal governance and regulatory laws converge. These including director responsibilities; breach of fiduciary duties and related restitution claims; shareholder disputes; restrictive covenants; confidentiality; and passing off. Mediator and Arbitrator appointments are also accepted in these areas.
In the regulatory field, his experience is extensive, ranging from issues of internal regulatory compliance (local government, safeguarding, education, healthcare) to external litigation in public and private law proceedings.
He has extensive experience of all forms of Employment Law (contentious and noncontentious) ranging from multiple claimant actions arising out of harmonisation of terms and conditions in the Financial Services Sector and discrimination claims within public services sectors to pre-emptive advice in connection with the public sector procurement arrangements. He has undertaken numerous internal regulatory investigations in these areas.
Ed contributes to professional publications, is a contributing editor for Sweet and Maxwell’s Employment Law Encyclopaedia and is a regular speaker on employment law and regulatory matters.
Ed has for many years, conducted large and heavy scale litigation in a number of specialist sectors requiring for detailed awareness of regulatory frameworks, and professional conduct regimes. These have also led to appointment to Chair and/or Report upon wider and institutional governance issues. These have included areas as diverse as Clinical Regulation, Education and Specialist training of of doctors, Private Sector Healthcare provision, status, regulation of Charities and related personnel, internal regulation and discipline within faith communities, safeguarding and corporate governance. He has conducted inquests in which Art 2 ECHR has been engaged.
His expertise in canon law has given rise to a wide range of instructions and the conduct of internal investigations and litigation in other jurisdictions.
Ed’s extensive regulatory experience has led to frequent instructions to advise upon and represent clients in public law proceedings, including judicial review.
EMPLOYMENT LAW (INCLUDING DISCRIMINATION AND WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS)
SAFEGUARDING AND RELATED
ECCLESIASTICAL LAW AND GOVERNANCE
INVESTIGATION AND AUDITS
Re A Faith Charity: Investigation of potential financial irregularities and breach of fiduciary duty on the part of senior ecclesiastical personnel. Matter identified in consequence COVID related financial audit. Mandated to investigate and report upon (i) the duties and obligations of key personnel; (ii) identification of susceptible transactions; (iii)formulation of plan of action in respect of prospective recovery on behalf of charity; (iv) system and governance review/ recommendations concerning the issues identified and the measures necessary to enhance financial procedures. Process required extensive interviews of witnesses, the drafting of initial and final correspondence for onward transmission to the Charity Commission and other Regulators.
Re .Com Health Services Company: Investigation following attempted removal of CEO and hostile takeover by institutional shareholder. Review of extensive documentation comprising strategic email and related correspondence on the part of members of the board. In excess of 30 interviews conducted. Mandated to report upon (i) the cause of the boardroom fracture; (ii) the part played by key individuals; (iii) the role of external advisors; (iv) conflicts of interest and corporate governance; (v) potential breaches of fiduciary duties and grounds for regulatory action and disclosure.
Re. Network Provider: Investigation into relational difficulties between individual employee and senior management personnel of employer and related corporate entities. The difficulties had spanned several years, with repeated allegations of bullying, harassment, victimisation, discrimination and non-compliance with policies and procedures. The purpose of the investigation was to scrutinise the detail of the interaction which had occurred and its implications for future working relationships and/or policy review.
Re. Religious Body: Conduct of an urgent investigation arising out of pastoral conflict between local members of the faith denomination. The work required interviewing of key players in the conflict, provision of a detailed Canonical Report identifying the means of resolution and subsequent correspondence for the implementation of the strategy which had been identified.
Re Professional Regulator: Conduct of an appeal and compilation of subsequent Report arising from allegations of discrimination, bullying and harassment against senior executive. Target of complaint not holding an employee position. The Investigation was undertaken to a tight timescale in line with the employer’s internal policy; whilst requiring detailed disclosure of additional documentation not previously provided to the complainant employee. The Investigation and subsequent Report had the potential to adversely impact upon continuing professional relationships at a key stage of the Regulator’s external development.
Re A Company: Investigation and Reporting upon a Company’s due diligence arrangements concerning Directors' fit and proper person status, professional development and corporate governance. This involved interviews across the organisation and the compilation of a Report preparatory to a Capital Funding exercise.
Re Safeguarding: Conduct of investigation and co-authoring of an extensive and detailed operational Report relative to the handling of safeguarding concerns. The process arose following the death of a person implicated in a safeguarding concern. At the resultant inquest, HM Coroner issued a prevention of future death report. Appointed to formulate a systemic operational response and lessons learnt report on behalf of the relevant faith organisation. The work was undertaken with a member of the House of Lords.
Re A Council: Commissioned to compile a governance review following extensive conflict between Chief Officers. The Report identified governance related management and training issues intended to insulate the Council (and its officers) against future legal challenge and adverse scrutiny.
"The Canonical Directory for Clergy" (CTS, London)
Contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Employment Law (Sweet & Maxwell)
Contributor to "The Confluence of Law and Religion" (Cambridge, 2016)
“Fathers and Brothers - Legitimate Expectation of Diocesan Clerics in the light if c384 CIC” (Peeters, Leuven, 2018)
“Leading Works in Law and Religion” (ed Sandberg, Routledge, 2018)
LLB, LLM, JCL, JCD, PhD and FCIArb
Fee-Paid Employment Judge (2000)
Judge to the Diocese of Salford
Fellow of the Centre for Law and Religion, University of Cardiff
Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Visiting Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
Assistant Coroner for North Manchester.
Employment Law Bar Association,
Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland,
Canon Law Society of America.
LLB - (Hons) Law, University of Central Lancashire,
LLM - University of Leicester,
JCL - Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven,
JCD - Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven,
PhD - Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven.
Dr Edward Morgan is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Dr Morgan can be found here.
Dr Morgan's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Dr Morgan to undertake advocacy (Court, Tribunal, Mediations, Arbitrations appearances) work for a fixed brief fee plus refreshers and expenses. For advisory work (e.g. conferences, drafting of work) fees are most commonly charged at an hourly rate.
Work undertaken as Arbitrator or Mediator is charged upon a fixed fee basis determined in advance and supplemented by an additional hourly rate agreed where the anticipated duration of the mediation or arbitration is exceeded. Dr Morgan does not undertake work upon a conditional fee or damages based fee basis. Dr Morgan will typically return paperwork within 10 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales. Precise timescales will be identified and agreed in advance of the work being undertaken.
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