Details of practice

Ed specialises in criminal defence work, professional discipline, regulatory enforcement, inquests and licensing.


In his criminal defence practice, Ed specialises in:

  • Allegations of rape and sexual assault of adults, child sexual offences (usually historic and often complex with multiple complainants), internet grooming and indecent images cases.
  • Allegations relating to organised crime from contract killing (eg the Danny Morgan axe murder) to large-scale money laundering and international drug trafficking.
  • Defending members of the Armed Forces (in both the Crown Court and the Courts Martial) and serving police officers charged with the most serious offences from manslaughter (eg the Army ‘beasting’ case) to serial rape.
  • Allegations of ‘white-collar’ domestic violence: Ed represents numerous clients of good character charged with assaults on partners, ex-partners, other family members and domestic staff.
  • Allegations of grave violence against children including homicide and Section 5 offences.
  • Large-scale fraud and money laundering conspiracies, tax evasion and breach of restraint.
  • Substantial trading standards and consumer protection investigations.
  • Advising on appeal in cases in which he did not appear at first instance and thereafter conducting appeals in the Court of Appeal.

Ed prosecutes on behalf of regulators and professional disciplinary bodies.

Professional discipline

Ed regularly represents police officers facing misconduct hearings in London and across the country, and also appears before the Police Appeals Tribunal. Ed is also regularly instructed in matters for the General Dental Council in proceedings before the Professional Conduct Committee.


Ed has a particular interest and more than 10 years’ experience in road transport law, acting for HGV operators and finance houses before the Traffic Commissioners in Public Inquiries and impounding hearings. He also defends HGV Operators and HGV drivers in criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts, and acts in Death by Driving cases. He also advises companies in respect of transport regulatory matters and responding to criminal investigations.

Ed defends in regulatory proceedings such as brought by the Marine Management Organisation, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Ed regularly prosecutes in Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Court on behalf of the London Fire Emergency and Planning Authority (LFEPA).


Ed acts for Interested Persons (including local authorities, police forces) at inquests, (most often Article 2/with jury), with particular expertise in deaths in custody cases.


Ed advises and appears before licensing sub-committee hearings, on behalf of both applicants and objectors.

Ed is regularly instructed by TfL in respect of licensing appeals in the Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Court, and in respect of criminal prosecutions.

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.