Eddie joined Matrix as a member upon successful completion of his traineeship in 2011. He has a broad practice in all areas of public, criminal, media and international law.
Eddie has a broad public law and human rights practice. He has acted in a number of Human Rights Act, Equality Act and police and prison law judicial reviews. He is a former Lecturer in Administrative Law and European Human Rights Law at Oxford University. Before joining Matrix, Eddie spent several months working as a Stagiaire at the European Court of Human Rights.
Eddie practices in all aspects of media and information law (including privacy, defamation, data protection, copyright, contempt of court and harassment). He is currently instructed as one of five barristers representing over 150 claimants in the mobile phone hacking litigation. He is also involved in several ongoing privacy, libel and harassment claims in the High Court and recently represented a number of broadcasters and national newspapers (including the BBC, ITN, Telegraph Media Group, Independent News and Media and Times Newspapers Ltd) in a successful application to lift reporting restrictions in three high-profile terrorism prosecutions. Eddie is a regular contributor to the Inforrm media law blog and has published articles and conference papers on aspects of defamation and privacy law.
Eddie has a broad criminal practice with a particular focus on proceeds of crime, white-collar fraud and money laundering offences, and cases with an international or corporate dimension. He is currently advising a large investment bank on LIBOR fixing investigations and is acting for several corporations in applications before the European Court of Human Rights arising out of the largest ever confiscation proceedings in Liechtenstein. Eddie is a contributing editor to Human Rights and Criminal Justice (by Ben Emmerson QC, Andrew Ashworth QC and Alison Macdonald) and to Smith, Bodnar and Owen on Asset Recovery, Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery.
In 2011/2012 Eddie spent a year as judicial assistant to Lord Clarke at the United Kingdom Supreme Court. During this time he worked on a broad range of criminal law, Human Rights Act, European Union law, immigration law, commercial and tax law appeals as well as Privy Council appeals from a number of Commonwealth jurisdictions. Prior to this, Eddie spent nine months as a judicial assistant to Lady Justice Arden at the Court of Appeal. Before joining the bar Eddie worked as a legal assistant to Lord Rothschild, helping to oversee a large international trust restructuring operation.
Eddie holds a first class undergraduate law degree from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. He undertook the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law where he was graded ‘Outstanding’ and received the Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize for finishing as one of the top five candidates in his year. Eddie later read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Brasenose College, Oxford University, specialising in criminal justice, comparative public law and the law of unjust enrichment. He received Distinctions in all subjects and won the Ralph Chiles CBE Prize for Comparative Human Rights Law. Eddie was awarded a Sunley Scholarship, Eastham Scholarship, Hardwicke Award and Buchanan Prize by Lincoln’s Inn.
Edward accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.