Edward has a civil and family practice, with a particular focus on financial matters. Prior to coming to the Bar, he was a Management Consultant at KPMG LLP specialising in transformation and regulatory projects in the financial services and the public sector.

Edward then went onto academia, where he was a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Reading and a Lecturer in Law at City, University of London. Whilst at City, University of London, he was also the Co-Director of the LLB Programme and taught GDL, GELLB and LLB students on modules ranging from Contract Law to Public Law. During this time, he qualified as an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education.

As a Chartered Management Accountant, Edward is comfortable with numbers and financial information, which assists across his practice. With his professional background, he is personable and builds good working relationships with solicitors and clients.

Edward has a broad civil practice, dealing mainly with business and commercial law and property. With his background as a Chartered Management Accountant and Management Consultant, he understands the pressures facing companies and business owners, which he weighs in the balance when advising on legal issues.

Edward has a particular interest in cases involving contract, company or insolvency law issues and represents clients at trial, as well as in interim applications and hearings.

Edward is building a property practice, and would welcome instructions in property or TOLATA disputes, particularly where they cross over with his matrimonial finance work. He undertook pupillage with Archie Maddan, and so he also has experience of drafting around regulatory issues that particularly relate to HMOs.

Edward has experience of dealing with a wide range of property cases in his own right, such as possessions in residential and commercial landlord and tenant law.

Edward's family practice is mainly focussed on financial remedy proceedings. Edward has experience of dealing with financial proceedings on divorce or relationship breakdown, and of advising on the fair division of assets including income, savings, property, investments and pensions. He also has experience of drafting suitable trust documents in relation to TOLATA.

Edward represents clients in private children law matters where there is a dispute over where children should live, and what contact they should have with a non-resident parent, after a relationship breakdown.

He represents clients in all hearings ranging from FHDRAs to DRAs, fact-finding hearings and final hearings.

  1. Bates, “Promoting Predictability Through Purpose: Interpreting ‘In the Course of a Business’ Under Section 14 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979” (I.C.C.L.R, 31(9), 2020) 513-526




  1. Bates & A. Olszewski, “Covid-19 Insolvency and Tax Measures in the UK: The Interplay of Interventions” (49 Tax Management International Journal 8, 08/14/2020) 385-388


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  1. Bates, “The Similar Sequel: Re Debenhams Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch) following Re Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch)” (Hampshire Legal, Benham Publishing Ltd, May 2020) 18



To instruct Edward in civil cases please contact Greg Piner.

To instruct Edward in family cases please contact Jay Dorton or Stephen Bush.

Notable Cases

A v B: Represented defendant at trial in a case of mistaken identity for personal injury and succeeded in matter being struck out at outset of hearing, with all costs sought being awarded

C v D: Successfully represented applicant at final hearing to retain residence for two young children and providing for staged gradual contact with respondent who had historically suffered from mental health issues.

Recently drafted life interest trusts in relation to TOLATA, where the client wished to remain in occupation of the former matrimonial home and be protected against possible future claims from her children, following a transfer of property in ancillary relief proceedings.