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. He is recommended by Legal 500 as a leading junior in three areas: civil liberties and human rights; defamation and privacy; and media and entertainment. In 2016, Eddie became a member of the C Panel for Junior Counsel to the Crown.
Eddie has a wide public law and human rights practice. Legal 500 describes him as: “Clever, consistent and enthusiastic; a rising star” (2015). He has acted in a number of high profile Human Rights Act claims and judicial reviews including:
Eddie practises in all aspects of media and information law.
Eddie acted for the appellant in the Supreme Court in OPO v MLA (appeal against injunction prohibiting publication of a performing artist’s autobiography). He has represented a large number of clients in claims arising out of Operations Weeting, Pinetree and Golding (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.
Eddie practices in both public and private international law. He represented Croatia in proceedings before the International Court of Justice under the Genocide Convention (Croatia v Serbia) and has experience of acting before international tribunals in interstate maritime cases. He is involved in a number of international environmental claims concerning pollution in Nigeria and Zambia. In 2014 he represented over 15,000 individuals in proceedings concerning extensive pollution in the Niger Delta (Bodo Community v Shell Petroleum Development Co of Nigeria). Eddie also acts as an ad hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is a trial observer for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.
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); Smith, Bodnar and Owen on Asset Recovery, Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery (OUP, 2nd Ed); Montgomery and Ormerod on Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure; and Livingstone, Owen and Macdonald on Prison Law (OUP, 5th Ed).
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.
Eddie is a former Lecturer in Administrative Law and European Human Rights Law at Oxford University. He currently teaches on surveillance and fair trial issues on the postgraduate BCL course. Before joining Matrix, he spent several months working as a Stagiaire at the European Court of Human Rights.
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.
Eddie accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.
Legal 500 notes that he is “Recommended for data protection, copyright, contempt of court and Official Secrets Act matters” (2015) and that “it is hard to believe he’s a junior; he makes complex litigation seem easy” (2016).
Chambers & Partners notes he is “an acknowledged expert on media law” and is “Moving rapidly into the spotlight as an up-and-coming individual in the field due to his work for claimants in the phone hacking litigation, as well as his efforts in High Court libel cases.” (2015).