Ed Vickers is a leading criminal barrister instructed in the most serious criminal cases at Crown Court and Appellate level. He is regularly instructed in murder, rape, organised crime, (including drugs and money laundering), and white collar crime (complex fraud and money laundering).
Ed has appeared in many high profile cases particularly at the Old Bailey and Southwark, and has enjoyed success in cases as diverse as defending protesters storming the House of Commons, prosecuting the police in the Tuition Fees riot in Parliament Sq, and successfully defending in the UK’s only FGM trial.
Ed is also a lead advocacy trainer for the Inns of Court College of Advocacy. He is a Trustee of the Kalisher Trust, a charity that encourages and supports students from non-traditional backgrounds to pursue a career at the Bar and promotes greater diversity in the criminal justice system.
Ed gained great experience being led as a junior in some of the most serious homicide cases (Jamaican ‘yardie’ executions; gang-related murders and matricide). That experience developed as a leading or sole junior in subsequent murder and other trials which included organised criminal gang related violence, armed robberies, prison mutiny and numerous cases involving stabbing, GBH and kidnapping.
Recent cases include:
Earlier cases include:
Ed is often instructed in the most serious sexual offence cases, including ‘date rapes’, paedophilia and incest. He is a specialist in cases involving vulnerable witnesses, especially those with learning or mental health difficulties and is a lead advocacy trainer for The Inns of Court College of Advocacy and the Middle Temple.
Ed has been instructed in a series of high profile organised crime cases, including the Heathrow armed robbery.
Ed is regularly instructed in complex fraud cases, where focussed preparation, the martialling of material and detailed analysis of the central issues are critical.
In 2014/15 Ed was privately instructed to prosecute numerous trademark fraud cases at the Magistrates Court.
Ed has vast experience in money laundering and confiscation cases and is particularly familiar with its complexities.
Ed has some experience in this field having appeared in cases of international arms dealing and money laundering linked to terrorism. For further information please contact Mark Bennett, Practice Manager.
Ed’s years’ of experience in fraud cases, his track record in cross-examining experts, forensic accountants, fraud investigators and auditors and other experts, together with his ability to identify central issues and solutions allow him to bring invaluable skills to such cases.
He is available for instruction in:
Ed has extensive experience advising in appeals to the Court of Appeal. He also advises, pro bono, in capital and non-capital murder cases for death row prisoners seeking to appeal from the West Indies to the Privy Council. Relevant cases include:
Ed is available for instruction in public inquiry work and Coroners’ inquests. His experience in treasure trove cases and knowledge of cross examining of experts and vulnerable witnesses, is well suited to public enquiry work. Moreover, his negotiations with government ministers and civil servants on behalf of the criminal Bar and his involvement in preparing CBA responses to government consultations has provided him with an invaluable insight into examining and challenging government decision-making.
Articles published in Counsel Magazine, Criminal Bar Quarterly and The Solicitors’ Journal.
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Trustee and Treasurer of The Kalisher Trust – A legal charity established to encourage students from non-traditional backgrounds to develop advocacy skills and to assist them pursue a career in criminal law.