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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.

Human Rights and Public Law

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:

  • Belhaj v Straw; Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence (Supreme Court appeal concerning application of state immunity and Foreign Act of State doctrine to tort claims alleging torture abroad by foreign state agents)
  • Beghal v Director of Public Prosecutions (Supreme Court appeal concerning ECHR compatibility of Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000)
  • Smith v Ministry of Defence (Supreme Court appeal concerning extra-territorial application of the ECHR)
  • Liberty v GCHQ and Security and Intelligence Services (challenge before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal concerning the legality of mass interception regimes under RIPA)
  • R (David 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)
  • Serdar Mohammed and Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence (appeal concerning application of Crown Act of State doctrine to tort claims concerning UK military acts abroad – currently on appeal to the Supreme Court)
  • SXH v Crown Prosecution Service (HRA claim concerning application of Article 8 to prosecution of vulnerable refugees – currently on appeal to the Supreme Court)
  • R (Bailey) v Brent LBC (Equality Act challenge to the closure of public libraries)

Media and Information Law

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.

International Law

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.

Crime

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).

Education and experience

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.

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WHAT THEY SAY:

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).