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Mr Edmund Vickers QC
Ed Vickers is ranked as a Leading Silk and is described as ‘a talented advocate’ who ‘exudes gravitas and authority.’ Chambers UK (2021) ‘He is particular about his preparation and has that talent in silk of taking points that others might dismiss on first blush and pushing them successfully through the style of his advocacy and the confidence of his understanding of the law’Legal 500 (2021) and as having ‘a first class legal mind allied to a very charming and persuasive style’ Legal 500 (2020). As a leading criminal barrister, he is instructed in the most serious criminal cases at Crown Court, High Court and Appellate level.
Ed regularly defends in murder and organised crime cases but his skills in cross examination, dealing with experts and analysing detail has led in Silk to a growing white collar crime practice (complex fraud, money laundering and cases before the tax tribunal). Ed is regularly asked to advise companies and individuals involved in business, tax and complex fraud investigations and to advise at an early stage on strategic decisions involving matters such as voluntary disclosure, Legal Professional Privilege and confidentiality.
Ed has appeared in many high profile cases particularly at the Old Bailey (murder and organised crime) and Southwark Crown Court (London’s fraud trial centre), 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 first FGM trial. With over 25 years’ experience of forensic advocacy both defending and prosecuting, Ed is instructed by a wide range of firms of City and High Street solicitors and prosecuting authorities.
Ed is a lead advocacy trainer for the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and is a member of the Scholarship panel at the Hon Soc Middle Temple. He is a Trustee of the Kalisher Trust, a charity that encourages and supports students from non-traditional backgrounds to go on to higher education and pursue a career in the Law, promoting greater diversity throughout the criminal justice system.
Year of call: 1993; Inn: Middle Temple; Silk: 2017.
Former Treasurer Criminal Bar Association;
Advocacy Trainer for the Advocacy Council and Middle Temple Scholarship Panel, Middle Temple Founder, Criminal Bar Association Bursary Fund
Memberships held: South Eastern Circuit; Criminal Bar Association; Trustee 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)
Publications of note: Co-author of numerous Criminal Bar Association consultation responses, including consultations on ‘Transforming Legal Aid’.
Ampleforth College Durham University – History BA (Hons) City University – Dip Law Inns of Court School of Law – Bar Finals
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3
Edmund Vickers QC –Red Lion Chambers ‘He is particular about his preparation and has that talent in silk of taking points that others might dismiss on first blush and pushing them successfully through the style of his advocacy and the confidence of his understanding of the law.’