Ezra Macdonald Barrister Employment | Commercial | Property
Ezra MacdonaldBarrister Employment | Commercial | Property

Employment Law

I have a substantial employment law practice, working for both claimants and respondents. I deal with both first instance (Employment Tribunal) and appellate (Employment Appeal Tribunal) work.


I regularly deal with claims for unfair dismissal (both constructive and ordinary unfair dismissal); holiday pay; breaches of contract; whistleblowing; unpaid wages; disputes about restrictive covenants; and claims about equality and discrimination (involving the Equality Act 2010).


I often advise on settlement agreements. I think it is frequently worth getting advice at an early stage in employment disputes. The time limit for many claims is short (3 months less one day from the date of the act complained of), so it is useful to get advice in good time.


If you are an employee, advice on settlement agreements will usually be at no cost to you (but will be paid for by your employer).

Commercial Law

My commercial practice covers a broad range of disputes between individuals and businesses, and characteristically involves claims for breach of contract.


I often deal with disputes between individuals and businesses. Many of these have involved the Sale of Goods Act 1979; the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982; and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 - and, since 1 October 2015, the Consumer Rights Act 2015.


Some of these disputes involve construction and property. I act for both individuals and businesses, whether partnerships or limited companies, sole traders or large national corporations. I'm aware of the different presssures which exist on either side, and I'm sensitive to the commercial realities.

Property Law

I deal with a wide range of property disputes. 


In residential property, I work with a range of landlord and tenant issues. These can include enforcement of leasehold covenants and interpretation of leases; disrepair claims; service charges; recovery of rent; possession claims; and a host of related disputes, such as service of the relevant notices (commonly Section 21 notices) and the impact of Assured Shorthold Tenancies on landlords who want to evict tenants. I represent both sides, which gives me a solid understanding of the tactics which either side might use.


In commercial property, the emphasis tends to be on enforcing specific provisions of leases (such as the tenant's obligation to pay rent, or not to use the property for a specific purpose; or an obligation to keep the property in good repair). I frequently deal with break clauses and with parties who want to terminate a lease early. 


My practice includes other aspects of property law: in particular, I deal with boundary disputes, and with contractual disputes regarding property (and sale of property). There is an overlap with my commercial practice (dealing with construction disputes).

General Civil Law

Although my practice is focussed on the three areas set out above, my experience is broad. In recent years I have undertaken cases involving immigration law; housing benefit disputes; social security appeals; the Data Protection Act 1998; banking errors; and dangerous dogs. I also deal (more frequently) with cases involving road traffic accidents and credit hire agreements.


This gives me a good awareness of connected issues which others might miss. It also means that, whatever your query, there is a good chance that I will be able to help.


Ezra Macdonald

Pump Court Chambers

3 Pump Court






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