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Edward Morgan KC

Year of call 1989, Bar of Northern Ireland 1999

Year of Silk 2021  

Areas of Expertise
Business and Property Group, Employment, Regulatory and Professional Discipline Group, Inquests & Public Inquiries, Mediation, Employment and Workplace Mediation

Ecclesiastical Law: All Circuits
"Forensically intelligent and something of a polymath, he has a brain like an engine."

Chambers and Partners 2023

Employment (Northern Bar):
"Edward Morgan is forensically intelligent and has a brain like an engine. His clients know how user-friendly he is and he's quite academic too." "Edward is my number-one go-to. He's excellent at all times."

Chambers and Partners 2023

Employment (Northern Bar):
"The extent of his input during the course of the proceedings showed a huge personal commitment to the client."

Chambers and Partners 2022

Ecclesiastical Law: All Circuits
"A really smart man, who is very good at articulating the case in an understandable manner. He is very reassuring in his manner and the way he approaches things - he's just super."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"Has a broad employment practice and has handled a wide variety of NHS cases."

Legal 500 2022

Employment (Northern Bar):
"He is very intelligent and hard-working." "He has a very high-profile practice and is the go-to man for large organisations. " "He has shown stamina and commitment to getting the client to the best possible position." "Superb and in-depth knowledge of employment and regulatory law. Excellent with clients and a top-class advocate."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Ecclesiastical Law: All Circuits
"Extremely knowledgeable and a very strong advocate. He really knows his stuff."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Employment – Leading Junior
A brilliant advocate who excels with clients. ’

Legal 500 2020

Employment – Northern Bar
"His written and oral submissions are always excellent and his advocacy work is great. I would recommend him to anyone for dispute matters. He always has time for his clients, even when he's not in the office, and he puts the needs of his clients before his own." "His intellect is incredible and he has a photographic memory."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Ecclesiastical Law – All Circuits
"Has a superb knowledge of Catholic canon law." "Bright and incredibly knowledgeable, he is a trusted adviser whom it is a pleasure to work with."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Employment – ranked Tier 1
“Very intelligent and hardworking.”

Legal 500 2019

Employment – Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 1)
"Acute intelligence. He is a brilliant advocate who excels with clients." "Assured, empathetic and effective."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

Ecclesiastical Law – All Circuits: Leading Barrister (Band 2)
"An extremely able lawyer. He knows his stuff and is a master tactician."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

"Effective, resilient and a good advocate."

Chambers and Partners 2018

"He has a remarkable knowledge of the law."

Chambers and Partners 2018

"He has a real grasp of the issues, and he is approachable, good with clients and very quick to respond."

Chambers and Partners 2018

'Experienced across a panoply of employment matters.'

Legal 500, 2017

Experienced in handling professional discipline matters and related employment cases. He represents clients in Employment Tribunals and a range of disciplinary proceedings. "He is extremely good: very cerebral, very eloquent and very impressive."

Chambers & Partners 2017

"As an active advocate in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, Morgan has a diverse employment practice. His experience in commercial law gives him a particular focus on restrictive covenants, shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duties claims and pension-related issues. 'He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced.' 'He has acute intelligence. He is a brilliant advocate and he excels with clients.' "

Chambers and Partners 2017

‘Experienced in representing the NHS.’

Legal 500, 2016

"Covers a range of employment issues, such as restrictive covenants, breaches of fiduciary duties and shareholder disputes, large-scale terms and conditions-related claims and discrimination cases. 'His ability to cope with concerned clients and give them confidence is notable; he's got an air of gravitas.'"

Chambers and Partners 2016

"Experienced in employment-related company and commercial matters."

Legal 500 2014

"Draws on his commercial law experience when resolving complex employment claims in the public sector. He has a special expertise in canon law and religious discrimination."

Chambers & Partners 2014

"demonstrates considerable talent"

Legal 500 2013

“Edward Morgan is a barrister of ‘acute intelligence’ who ‘excels with clients.’ His ‘innate understanding of how businesses are run’ makes him a popular choice amongst solicitors. He has a niche interest in employment matters relating to ministers of religion and religious discrimination.”

Chambers & Partners 2013

" is a ‘highly capable advocate’"

Legal 500 2012


Legal 500, 2011

"Treads the border between commercial and employment law with great facility"

Legal 500 2008

“Observers underlined the commercial grasp and detailed knowledge of the subject shown by Edward Morgan.”

Chambers & Partners 2007


Corporate liability and Directors’ duties
Professional Regulation 
Clinical Governance 
Judicial Review 
Confidentiality and Data Protection
Professional Negligence
Contentious & Non-Contentious Employment matters
Canon Law

Advocacy is undertaken in the Employment Tribunal/High Court (including Northern Ireland) and within Disciplinary Proceedings and extends to all claims within the Tribunal jurisdiction.

Mr. Morgan's High Court practice has particular emphasis upon those areas of litigation within which employment law and commercial law converge including director responsibilities; breach of fiduciary duties and related restitutionary claims; shareholder disputes; restrictive covenants; confidentiality; passing off ; Pension and PHI related issues. Mediator and Arbitrator appointments are also accepted in these areas.

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 and the administration of occupational pension schemes. He 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 related fields.

Drawing upon expertise in canon law, there is a particular interest in issues of religious discrimination, the employment status of ministers of religion and related Church-State Relations. Involvement in these fields has included appointment to a working group
in direct dialogue and consultation with the Department of Trade and Industry and the conduct of cases in other jurisdictions, including The Vatican.


  • A v B and Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 316
  • Anderson v Chesterfield College [2015] UKEAT
  • Chawla v Nottingham University Hospitals [2016] UKEAT
  • Church of Wales v Brooks [2016]
  • DWP v Hall [2005] UKEAT
  • Davis and Nevins v Northumberland CC (Human Rights, immunity from suit and unfair dismissal)
  • Dynamex Friction Ltd and Anor v Amicus and Anor [2008] EWCA Civ 381
  • Fulton & Baxter v Bear Scotland [2014] UKEAT
  • Harrison v Preston BC and Driver [2003] UKEAT
  • Ham v Beardwood College [2015] UKEAT
  • Hollis and Ors v Rolfe and Ors [2008] EWHC 1747 (Ch)
  • Nawaz v Crowe Insurance [2003] EWCA Civ 316
  • QLog Ltd v O’Brien [2014] UKEAT
  • R v Leicester Crown Court ex p HM Customs and Excise [2001] EWHC Admin 33
  • Re Millwall FC [1998] 2 BCLC 272
  • Re St Peter’s Prestbury [2013] Chester Const. Ct
  • Reddy v GMC [2012] EWCA Civ 310
  • Shinwari v Vue Entertainment [2015] UKEAT
  • Thorneycroft v NMC [2014] EWHC 1565 (Admin)
  • X v United Reformed Church [2016]


"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) 



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. 


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.

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