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Edmund is a specialist criminal advocate, ranked in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.  He was called by Lincoln’s Inn in 1997, took Silk in 2019, and sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court and the County Court.


Edmund is a specialist criminal advocate, ranked in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.  He was called by Lincoln’s Inn in 1997, took Silk in 2019, and sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court and the County Court.

He both prosecutes and defends the full range of serious criminal offences, from complex tax and commercial fraud to allegations of murder, serious violence and other organised crime.  His cases frequently involve multi-defendant trials with an international dimension, such as cross-border arms trafficking & brokering and corruption, and often raise substantial issues of jurisdiction, disclosure, and public interest immunity.

Recent instructions and trials include: Op Demeter, prosecuting a conspiracy to supply prohibited firearms and ammunition, plus associated Serious Crime Act and money laundering offences (at Southwark CC for 5 weeks starting in October 2021); R v. Vengalis, prosecuting a man accused of murdering his wife (at Ipswich CC for 4 weeks in Jan 2022);  R v. Hendrickson & others, prosecuting a six-handed murder at Basildon CC between March and April 2021; R v. Gould and others, leading for the Crown in a ‘special court’ convened by the Court of Appeal to consider the ambit of s.66 of the Courts Act 2003;  Op Afterburner, advising on the on-going investigation into the unlicenced supply of fighter jets, surface-to-air missiles, battle tanks, radar defence systems and huge quantities of assault rifles and ammunition to embargoed or sanctioned states in Africa and the middle east;  R v. Onions & others, a £5m conspiracy to cheat the revenue, plus associated Directors’ Disqualification offences (listed for 8-10 weeks at Southwark CC); NCA v. Filat, representing an overseas PEP in the first ever appeal against Account Forfeiture Orders (Southwark CC); R v. Palazu, defending a Romanian national with two previous manslaughter convictions who was charged with murder following a mass fight at a farm-workers’ caravan site (3-week trial at Maidstone CC); R v. George & others, prosecuting a three-handed conspiracy to supply fighter jet parts to Iran (6-week trial at Southwark CC); R v. Hughes, a £7m conspiracy to cheat the revenue and money laundering (4-week trial at Southwark CC) and R v. Katabarwa & others, a six-handed conspiracy to commit multiple armed robberies (9-week trial at the Old Bailey).

What the Legal Directories say about Edmund Burge KC:

“Edmund is fierce, incredibly detailed and hugely eloquent.”

The Legal 500 2022

“Incredibly user-friendly. He is able to make very complex facts appear simple and straightforward. Juries like him; judges trust him.”

The Legal 500 2021

“He has a lovely manner with the jury and is a master of the details.” “A superb legal brain.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Unshakeable under pressure.”

The Legal 500 2020

“An extremely good advocate, rated for his ability to handle the more complex cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“A star in the making.  He is firm but fair, and always knows the case inside out.”

Chambers & Partners 2019



Edmund was called to the Bar in 1997.

  • A Recorder since March 2018.
  • Attorney-General’s Panel of Special Advocates for cases involving allegations of terrorism and matters of national security.  DV clearance since 2007.
  • On the SFO’s panel of prosecution Queen’s Counsel.
  • Prior to taking Silk he was on both of the SFO’s A-panels of junior counsel, and on the CPS’s Grade 4 specialist panels for Fraud, Proceeds of Crime and Serious Crime.
  • General Dental Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel member 2013-2017.


  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • South-Eastern Circuit.
  • Kent Bar Mess.
  • Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
  • Cybercrime Practitioners Association.


  • Thomas More Awards 1996 & 1997.
  • Ede & Ravenscroft Prize 1997.
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn Student of the Year) 1997.