Edward is ranked as a Leading Junior for Inquests and Inquiries in the Legal 500. He has been described as having “a natural instinct of which lines of inquiry to pursue with witnesses” (2020) and in the 2021 edition was noted to be “very proactive and gives clear and concise advise. Easy to approach and communicate with. Very good on his feet and with witnesses”.
Edward accepts instructions across all practice areas in Chambers. He specialises in healthcare and inquest law and is frequently instructed in lengthy and complex hospital inquests, including enhanced Article 2 inquests and jury inquests.
Edward was ranked as Leading Junior for Inquests and Inquiries in the Legal 500 UK Bar 2020 edition. In May 2018 his cross examination of a DVSA witness in the Gurung case was reported on the front page of The Times. The inquest received extensive media coverage and led to the recall of over 300,000 vehicles in the UK and a separate Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry.
Edward represents interested parties at all types of inquest (including Article 2 and Jury), but with particular expertise in hospital inquest cases, principally in the areas of mental health, emergency care, and other serious untoward incidents, but also including primary care, cancer misdiagnosis, failed organ transplantation, obstetric and neo-natal care, and paediatrics.
Edward is also instructed to represent care homes, local authorities, RTA insurers, and fire and rescue services. He has particular experience of cases involving fire safety.
In most of Edward’s inquest cases he is instructed to then bring or defend a potential civil action.
Many of Edward’s cases have been reported in local and national media and he appears regularly as sole counsel (often against senior juniors and QCs).
He frequently provides advice on issues of evidence and procedure, and has extensive experience in the drafting of written submissions (both at pre-inquest review and final hearings).
He has delivered seminars on the legislative changes to the coronial system following implementation of the CJA 2009. He has detailed knowledge and experience of post-inquest remedies including JR and Section 13 applications.
Recent instructions include/inquests into:
- the Dev Naran inquest (Coroner questions safety of smart motorways after 8 year old killed).
- the Gurung BMW Inquest (Ed Ramsay represents family of Narayan Gurung in widely reported BMW safety recall inquest)
- the Amy Allan GOSH Inquest (Amy Allan death: Significant failings in care by Great Ormond Street Hospital)
- the death of a 19-year-old from drowning in the River Tawe (Article 2 jury inquest)
- the death of an elderly patient following emergency admission to A&E (issues concerning complex histopathology, police investigation; judicial review) – being led by Michael Rawlinson Q.C.;
- the death of a neonate from hypoxic birth injuries following prolonged labour and inadequate resuscitation;
- the death of a 29-year-old man in ITU following allegations of drug-overdose (issues relating to medical cause of death, adequacy of original investigation and inquest, application under Section 13 Coroners Act 1988);
- the death of a 53-year-old woman in hospital from GI bleeding whilst awaiting transfer to another hospital site for emergency interventional radiology (2 week Article 2 inquest);
- the death of a 13-month baby from meningococcal septicaemia following inadequate discharge from A&E;
– Evening Standard article: ‘Doctors must be more aware of meningitis so another baby does not die’
– Daily Mail article: ‘Doctor sent 13-month-old girl home without fully examining her five hours before she died of meningitis’
- the death of a 47-year-old patient following elective hemi-colectomy as a result of a possible morphine overdose;
- the death of a 44-year-old male in ITU from alleged over-dose of antihypertensive medication (issues of systemic failure concerning fluid overfill in ITU and delayed treatment for sepsis);
- the death of a patient following hospital discharge after complications arising from TAH procedure (issues concerning processes for discharge and readmission; 3-day inquest).
- the death of a patient detained under s.3 of the MHA 1983 following emergency admission from psychiatric hospital (8 day Article 2 jury inquest)
– Northampton Chronicle & Echo article: ‘Inquest into the death of Northampton patient whose fractured spine went undiagnosed finds care failings’
- the death of a ITU dependent patient in hospital following a failed attempt to perform a tracheostomy;
- the death of a patient in hospital following pancreaticoduodenectomy or ‘Whipple procedure’ (issues include consent and appropriate post-operative care);
- the death of an elderly patient in hospital following an upper GI bleed (issues of systemic neglect/failure concerning the over-administration of an NSAID without gastric protection);
– 12KBW press release: ‘Edward Ramsay helps secure rider of neglect for bereaved family in hospital inquest’
- the death of an elderly patient in hospital following an erroneous wrong site aspiration to the chest (issues of systemic failure and Article 2).
– 12KBW press release: ‘Edward Ramsay represents family in hospital ‘Article 2’ inquest’
- the death of an epileptic patient in a care home (cause of death SUDEP but complex issues arising from toxicology analysis);
- the death of an elderly patient in a care home following fall and complex hospital discharge (intracranial bleeding, fracture and infection, issues of neglect, involvement of Health and Safety Executive and Chief Coroner as regards to the statutory obligation to sit with a jury)
– Coventry Telegraph article: ‘Dementia sufferer’s death fall blamed on University Hospital neglect’
- the death of a 25-year-old mother of three from pulmonary embolism following admission to Accident and Emergency (issues regarding delayed diagnosis and treatment, Article 2 and need for jury; 4 PiPs)
– 12KBW press release: ‘Edward Ramsay represents the family of Sian Hollands at Article 2 inquest into her death’
- the deaths of three residents at an East Sussex hospice following a large fire (instructed by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (issues concerning criminal prosecution, suspension of inquest, Article 2 and obligation to sit with jury)(St Leonards hospice patients unlawfully killed in fire, inquest finds);
- the death of a mental health patient (non-MHA) following a fire in the residential care home (issues concerning criminal prosecution, Rule 22 and adjournment of inquest)(Chris Dunning: Secure unit patient’s drug death ‘accidental’);
- the fire-related death of a resident in sheltered accommodation
Edward has extensive experience in all aspects of personal injury law, including employers’ liability, public liability, slipping claims, defective premises, road traffic accidents, psychiatric injury claims, as well as related procedural and costs issues and appellate work.
Edward receives instructions from respected national firms representing both claimants and defendants and their insurers. Edward has also represented many private sector businesses, local authorities, and care homes. His cases cover a variety of claims including the following:
- Complex orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries (including amputations);
- Brain and neurological injuries;
- Fraud and exaggerated claims;
- Fatal Accidents;
- Pain disorders including “CPRS” Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, somatoform disorders, chronic pain and fibromyalgia.
Edward is frequently instructed to advise on liability and quantum in high value claims, draft pleadings, schedules and counter-schedules, as well as Part 18 and 35 questions to experts. He is routinely instructed to lead conferences with multiple experts.
Edward has extensive experience representing clients at trial, joint settlement meetings and mediations.
The majority of Edwards’s practice involves claims between £100,000 and £1 million.
Edward has a growing clinical negligence practice covering the full range of cases – from orthopedic injuries, obstetric, gynecological and urological injuries and hospital fatalities.
Many of his instructions arise out of his hospital inquest work where there is a follow-on civil action. Through his inquest practice Edward has extensive experience examining expert witnesses in court and has particular expertise in cases where hospital systems errors are raised.
Other recent cases include:
- Negligent care in emergency department leading to hindquarter amputation
- Delayed diagnosis of endometrial cancer
- Bladder distension injury following failure to replace catheter
- Failure to diagnose and treat testicular torsion
- Inadequate nursing care leading to grade 4 pressure sores
- Lack of post-operative care following laparoscopic cholecystectomy
- 4th degree vaginal tear during childbirth
Edward acts for large insurers including multi-track and appellate work. He was junior counsel for the Respondent in the leading case of McBride v UK Insurance Ltd  EWCA Civ 144 concerning the approach to the calculation of Basic Hire Rates.
Edward is regularly instructed in cases where fraud is alleged. The majority of these instructions relate to fraudulent and fundamentally dishonest whiplash and credit hire / storage claims. Edward has extensive trial experience cross-examining claimants on these issues. He has appeared in many cases where ancillary costs issues have arisen (including obtaining wasted costs orders against solicitors, third party costs orders, and disapplying QOCS).
Ed’s practice includes representing claimants and defendants in personal injury and fatal accident cases involving defective products, including claims with an international/cross border dimension. Ed had particular expertise in fatal accident cases arising from defective products where there may be related coronial proceedings.
Recent instructions include a large fatal accident claim involving a defective vehicle ramp, a fatal claim relating to a defective hospital device for administering IV medication, and claims against BMW in connection with the B+ cable issue and 2018 recall
Ed is a member of the Travel and International Law Group and accepts instructions in relation to accidents abroad brought under the Package Travel Regulations and Montreal/Athens Conventions. He is also advises on questions of applicable law, jurisdiction and service.
Ed has experience in motor insurance and insurance indemnity work. He is regularly instructed by motor insurers, and by the MIB, on issues of indemnity and the liability to satisfy judgments in road traffic claims.
He has experience of cases involving the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers Act) 2010 and the Insurance Act 2015.
Edward has acted for claimants and defendants in noise induced hearing loss claims and has experience in cases concerning exposure to asbestos.
He was junior to Frank Burton Q.C. and Harry Steinberg Q.C. Greenway & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc  EWCA Civ 408 (platinum sensitisation) exploring the limits of actionable injury in claims in tort and contract.
Bar Professional Training Course, (Outstanding).
Graduate Diploma in Law, (Distinction).
BA (Oxon) (History & Politics; First Class; 1st place in year).
Major Scholar, Inner Temple (2012)
Scholar, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (2007-2009)
Jones v HM Coroner for Mid Kent and Medway  EWHC 3733 (Admin) – successful application under s.13 of the Coroners Act 1988 to quash inquisition on grounds of insufficiency of inquiry and new expert evidence as to the medical cause of death.
Greenway & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc  EWCA Civ 408. Whether platinum sensitisation is an actionable injury and/or capable of giving rise to more than nominal damages in contract and/or an exception to the rule against recovery for pure economic loss in tort.
McBride v UK Insurance Ltd  EWCA Civ 144 Whether the Court should revisit its earlier decision in Stevens v Equity Syndicate Management  EWCA Civ 93 regarding the correct approach to the calculation of Basic Hire Rates in credit hire litigation.
R (on the application of Parkinson) v HM Senior Coroner for Kent  EWHC 1501 – leading case concerning the domestic application of ECtHR jurisprudence on Article 2 in hospital inquests
Contributor Asbestos: Law & Litigation, Sweet & Maxwell, 2019 (Chapter; Practice & procedure)