Details of practice

Ed is a criminal and regulatory practitioner.


Ed’s private criminal defence practice specialises in two distinct areas:

  1. Allegations of rape, child sexual offences, making indecent images, domestic violence and general violence. He draws on his huge experience in respect of historic (sometimes the most ancient) child sexual allegations. Ed also has a track record of successfully defending members of the armed forces (in both the Courts Martial and the Crown Court) and serving police officers in respect of allegations ranging from sexual assault and rape to manslaughter.
  2. Allegations relating to organised crime, in particular large scale money laundering and international drug trafficking. He has long established strength in defending cases relating to contract killing, high-value armed robberies, police corruption, and prosecutions built on QEs and resident informants.

Ed is regularly instructed to advise on appeal in cases in which he did not appear at first instance and thereafter to conduct the appeal in the Court of Appeal.


Ed has a particular interest in road transport law, acting for HGV operators and finance houses before the Traffic Commissioners in Public Inquiries and impounding hearings. He also acts on appeals from the Traffic Commissioners to the Upper Tribunal (Transport Tribunal). He also regularly defends HGV Operators and HGV drivers in criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts, and acts in Death by Driving cases.  He also defends condemnation proceedings brought by HMRC.  He also advises companies in respect of transport regulatory matters.

Ed now confines his prosecution practice to acting on behalf of regulators such as professional disciplinary bodies, local authorities, fire authorities and TfL.

Professional discipline

Ed regularly defends police officers in misconduct hearings, conducts appeals to the PAT and defends serving police officers in respect of serious criminal allegations including rape and misconduct in public office.


Ed acts for Interested Persons at inquests (including death in custody).


Ed advises and appears before licensing sub-committee hearings and appeals to the Magistrates’ Court.

Education/professional qualifications

BA Hons (Cantab) First Class 1988
Dip. Law (Westminster) 1996
Called to the Bar 1997

Other information

Before coming to the Bar, Ed worked for a year on a local newspaper and then for five years for the Economist Intelligence Unit specialising in the Middle East, with a particular interest in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Direct access

Edmund Gritt is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.  This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him.  In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

For further information please contact our Clerks.