Edward ReaEdward Rea


Ed is a leading Commercial, Technology and Telecoms lawyer. Ed has experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating a range of commercial and technology-related supply, procurement, licensing, services and outsourcing agreements and advising on an extensive range of commercial transactions and relationships, including procurement, distribution, agency, franchising, consultancy, manufacturing, services, licensing, development, supply and purchase agreements, terms of trade, e-commerce and data privacy matters.

Ed joined Halebury from Ericsson Limited where he served as a Group Legal Counsel for four and a half years. Previously, Ed worked at Baker & McKenzie in London for seven years where he was a Senior Associate. Throughout his career, Ed has acted for some of the world’s best known companies, including BP, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Company, JP Morgan, Ericsson, Avis, Kraft, Starbucks, BSkyB , BT Plc, Virgin Media and Expedia. Ed has consistently been praised by clients for the quality of his legal work and for his professionalism, pragmatism and approachability. He is recommended in the Legal 500 2016 TMT-IT/Telecoms as someone who “handles difficult negotiations admirably” and the Legal 500 2017 as  “an expert in drafting, reviewing and negotiating technology-related contracts.”

Professional Background

  • Ericsson Limited – Group Legal Counsel
  • Baker & McKenzie – Senior Associate (including placement at the firm’s Chicago office and at BP Plc.)
  • British Airways – Legal Adviser


17 years’ experience

“Ed’s performance was outstanding. He displayed professionalism over an extended period of high pressure under exceptionally difficult circumstances.” Mike Titley, former CFO, Ericsson UK