Eddie joined Matrix as a member upon successful completion of his traineeship in 2011. He has a broad practice in all areas of public, media, criminal, commercial and international law.
Eddie has a broad public law and human rights practice. He has acted in a number of high profile Human Rights Act claims and judicial reviews including Smith v Ministry of Defence (Supreme Court appeal concerning extra-territorial application of the ECHR); R (Miranda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (challenge to lawfulness of detention and seizure of journalistic material under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000); R (Duggan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Article 2 challenge to the lawfulness of post-incident conferring by police officers); SXH v Crown Prosecution Service (Court of Appeal HRA claim concerning application of Article 8 to prosecution of refugees); and R (Bailey) v Brent LBC (Equality Act challenge to the closure of public libraries). He is currently instructed by Liberty in proceedings against the security and intelligence services before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal concerning the legality of mass telecommunications interceptions. Eddie is a former Lecturer in Administrative Law and European Human Rights Law at Oxford University. Before joining Matrix, he spent several months working as a Stagiaire at the European Court of Human Rights.
Eddie practises in all aspects of media and information law including privacy, defamation, harassment, data protection (both domestic and European), copyright, contempt of court, reporting restrictions and Official Secrets Act matters. He is currently instructed as one of five common costs counsel in the phone hacking litigation and as independent counsel in the NGN Compensation Scheme. He has represented a number of clients in relation to claims arising out of Operations Weeting and Pinetree (unlawful voicemail interception) and Operation Elveden (payment of corrupt public officials). Eddie also provides regular pre-publication advice to The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Sunday Times and BBC News.
In addition to his civil work, 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 has been instructed for the defence in fraud and corruption prosecutions and advised a large investment bank on LIBOR fixing investigations. Eddie is a contributing editor to Human Rights and Criminal Justice (3rd Ed, Sweet & Maxwell) and to Smith, Bodnar and Owen on Asset Recovery, Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery (OUP, 2nd Ed).
Eddie practices in both public and private international law. He is currently instructed by the Republic of Croatia in proceedings before the International Court of Justice under the Genocide Convention and by a Nigerian community in an action in the High Court against Shell Nigeria concerning extensive pollution of the Niger Delta. He has experience of international commercial claims and acts as an ad hoc clerk for the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Eddie also acts as an international trial observer on behalf of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.
In 2011/2012 Eddie spent a year as judicial assistant to Lord Clarke at the United Kingdom Supreme Court. 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 in the top 5 in his year. Eddie later read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Brasenose College, Oxford University, specialising in criminal justice, unjust enrichment and comparative public law. 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.