Called to the Bar:1983

Silk:2008

  • A formidable silk with an outstanding practice; Edward Brown QC is recognised for his masterful approach and devastating advocacy.

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Following the completion of his Senior Treasury Counsel appointment, Edward Brown QC now represents the prosecution, corporate entities and individuals in allegations of significant and high-profile corporate crime, corruption, corporate manslaughter and health and safety investigations as well as inquests, public inquiries and regulatory law. He has direct experience of Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) negotiations involving major international corporates and has advised a Solicitor General on the introduction into legislation of the DPA statutory regime.

    Crime 

    Treasury Counsel for 14 years, Edward Brown QC has been at the forefront of high-profile, nationally important and complex crime.

    On completion of his appointment as Senior Treasury Counsel he has continued to be instructed by the CPS as favoured counsel in this field. Edward is also frequently instructed by the defence both on a publicly and privately funded basis. He has an outstanding practice in criminal law.

    Reviews 

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime - Band 1

    Legal 500 2018: Crime - Tier 2

    'He is one of those unflappable people' who is 'brilliant at what he does.' Chambers UK Crime (2019)

    'One of the best prosecutors in the country: unflappable, understated and devastatingly effective.' Legal 500 Crime (2018)

    'His research is detailed and his drafting is superb.' Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    'Gloriously understated, he’s a very, very effective advocate who gets great results. A lovely advocate.' Chambers UK Crime (2017)

    'He is a bright barrister with a lot of talent who does not speak before he thinks.' Chambers UK Crime (2016)

    'Charming, thorough and highly effective.' Legal 500 Crime (2016)

    'A very smooth and polished performer.' Legal 500 Crime (2015)

    'A brilliant cross-examiner.' Legal 500 Crime (2014)

    Appointments

    • 2016: Bencher, Gray's Inn
    • 2007-2014: Senior Treasury Counsel, Central Criminal Court
    • 2010: SFO Approved Counsel List
    • 2008: Silk
    • 2001: Recorder
    • 2000: Junior Treasury Counsel, Central Criminal Court

    Professional Memberships

    • Criminal Bar Association, including steering party on involuntary manslaughter 
    • CPS Steering Committee reviewing disclosure 
    • UN Detention Review Board, Kosovo

    Education 

    • University of Buckingham 

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A silk who has made the move from Treasury Counsel to the specialisms of corporate and financial crime seem effortless.

    Overview 

    Following the completion of his Senior Treasury Counsel appointment, Edward Brown QC now represents the prosecution, corporate entities and individuals in allegations of significant and high-profile corporate crime, corruption, corporate manslaughter and health and safety investigations as well as inquests, public inquiries and regulatory law. He has direct experience of Deferred Prosecution Agreement negotiations involving major international corporates and has advised a Solicitor General on the introduction into legislation of the DPA statutory regime.

    Experience 

    Increasingly recognised as a leader in the field of corporate crime, Edward is instructed as lead counsel for prosecuting entities as they investigate and progress cases against individuals and corporates, most recently acting against a major global bank. Edward has also acted on behalf of a major corporate under Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation and a multinational corporate in a DPA negotiation.

    In the past he has prosecuted and defended in many of the most notable and sensitive cases, including corporate and individual fraud, corporate manslaughter, police and political corruption and export control evasion, and has done so on a private and public basis.

    Edward has vast experience of representing public bodies and political parties in allegations of misconduct and corruption. He has been appointed as leading Counsel to represent the CPS at the IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, formerly the “Goddard Inquiry”). He acted for a political party in the “Cash for Peerages” and for MPs and other political figures in the expenses investigation. Edward was instructed by the Attorney General of the Isle of Man to conduct disciplinary proceedings against the former Attorney General of the Isle of Man.

    Edward has a recognised expertise in health and safety cases. He was lead counsel in a carbon monoxide corporate gross negligence manslaughter case. He frequently conducts gross negligence manslaughter cases for the defence and prosecution, often in respect of incidents in the construction industry. He recently represented JCB in relation to alleged health and safety breaches.

    Other significant cases in the past include Matrix Churchill, Rigg Approach corruption, Blue Arrow, Birmingham Six officers and Zeebrugge corporate manslaughter (the ferry disaster).

    Notable Cases

    • Malden Plumbing & Heating Ltd 
      Prosecuted for Corporate Manslaughter & HSE Offences arising out of a carbon monoxide poisoning death. 
       
    • Matrix Churchill
      Edward Brown acted in the widely reported Ams to Iraq affair concerning government-endorsed sales of firearms to Iraq whilst under the rule of Saddam Hussein. 
       
    • Rigg Approach Corruption
      This was Britain's biggest investigation into police corruption, which resulted in the conviction of a number of corrupt officers.
       
    • Blue Arrow
      The prosecution of a number of city figures and high-profile bankers in 1992. 

    Reviews

    'He is one of those unflappable people' who is 'brilliant at what he does.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'Unflappable, understated and devastatingly effective.' Legal 500 (2018)

    'His research is detailed and his drafting is superb.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'Gloriously understated, he’s a very, very effective advocate who gets great results. A lovely advocate.' Chambers UK (2017)

    'He is a bright barrister with a lot of talent who does not speak before he thinks.' Chambers UK (2016)

    'Charming, thorough and highly effective.' Legal 500 (2016)

    'A very smooth and polished performer.' Legal 500 (2015)

    'A brilliant cross-examiner.' Legal 500 Crime (2014)

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  • Significant experience at the highest level in serious criminal offences. Former Senior Treasury Counsel Edward Brown QC is very highly thought of for his vast knowledge and superb advocacy, both prosecuting and defending.

    Overview 

    Treasury Counsel for 14 years, Edward Brown QC has been at the forefront of high-profile, nationally important and complex crime.

    On completion of his appointment as Senior Treasury Counsel he has continued to be instructed by the CPS as favoured counsel in this field. Edward is also frequently instructed by the defence both on a publicly and privately funded basis. He has an outstanding practice in criminal law.

    Experience 

    Edward has prosecuted and defended in many of the most notable and sensitive cases of the last two decades, including: murder; fraud; terrorism and police and political corruption.

    Edward successfully prosecuted Ben Butler for the killing of his daughter Ellie. A very high-profile and emotive case, Ben Butler had previously been convicted of shaking his daughter as a baby and subsequently cleared of the conviction at appeal. Ellie was returned to Ben Butler’s custody against police and family protests. A year later, she suffered catastrophic and fatal head injuries. Edward prosecuted both Ben Butler and his partner, Ellie’s mother; Butler was convicted of her murder and sentenced to at least 23 years' imprisonment and Ellie's mother was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

    Edward’s experience of murder cases is unrivalled. He has dealt with the full spectrum of the offence, from infanticide to gangland murders and contract killings. He has particular expertise in joint enterprise. In recent years, Edward has prosecuted the Mark Duggan shooting case (and was involved in the inquest) and was instructed in the trial of the murder of millionaire socialite Robert Troyan, by his financial adviser David Jeffs. He has recently advised in three historic murder reinvestigations and recent medical manslaughter cases.

    Other recent cases have included the double child killing (Say); defending in the “Cash for Peerages” police inquiry (acting for the Labour Party - no charges brought) and MPs’ expenses; he was lead counsel in the leading case on anonymity (Mayers); he acted in Barot (the “dirty bomb” terrorist, the highest-ranking Al-Qaeda leader prosecuted in UK); and the Stockwell gang shooting of the five-year-old Thusha. He called the youngest ever witness in a murder trial (aged four).

    In previous years Edward was instructed in the Dome Robbery, Rigg Approach corruption, the Birmingham Six police officers, and Matrix Churchill. 

    Public Inquiries

    Edward is currently the lead counsel at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA, formerly the “Goddard Inquiry”) acting for the CPS.

    He lectures young gang members in South London on the consequences of joint enterprise gang violence and is a trustee of Growing Against Violence (GAV).

    Edward is head of the Crime Group at QEB Hollis Whiteman.

    Notable Cases

    R v Butler & Gray (2016)
    Edward Brown QC, Ben FitzGerald and Philip Stott prosecute father for murder of six-year-old daughter and prosecute her mother for child cruelty and perverting the course of justice.

    R v Eshati (2015)
    Case of a Libyan terrorist facilitator who from the UK tried to help arrange a huge arms shipment (valued at over £18m) into Libya in contravention of the United Nations arms embargo to Libya.

    R v McKoy (2014)
    The prosecution of Roland McKoy, charged with the murder of his ex-partner and their 22-month-old daughter. 

    R v Jeffs (2013)
    Edward Brown QC prosecutes David Jeffs who was charged with murdering millionaire socialite Roberto Troyan.

    R v Hutchinson-Foster (2013)
    Edward Brown QC & Philip Evans successfully prosecuted Hutchinson-Foster, who was found guilty of supplying a gun to Mark Duggan, who, 15 minutes later, was shot dead by police.

    R v Barot & Others (2007)
    Edward Brown QC acted for the prosecution in the unsuccessful appeal by the highest-ranking Al Qaeda operative to be convicted in the UK at the time, the “dirty bomb” Al Qaeda terrorist, Dhiren Barot, against his life sentence for conspiracy to murder.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime - Band 1

    Legal 500 2018: Crime - Tier 2

    'He is one of those unflappable people' who is 'brilliant at what he does.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'Unflappable, understated and devastatingly effective.' Legal 500 (2018)

    'His research is detailed and his drafting is superb.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'A masterful prosecutor and a barrister of real humanity.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'Gloriously understated, he’s a very, very effective advocate who gets great results. A lovely advocate.' Chambers UK (2017)

    'A charming, understated and highly experienced prosecutor, whose skills are a deadly combination.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'His sense of fairness and commitment to justice are unparalleled; he is a fair prosecutor. His gentleness makes him devastatingly effective. Juries love him.' Chambers UK (2014)

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