Edward Rees QC


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Edward Rees QC

Edward  Rees  QC is a highly regarded criminal  defender regularly listed  in the  directories.


Chambers & Partners

Sources describe him  as one of the best cross-examiners in the market. He is a brilliant trial advocate, who knows what to say and how to say it whatever the case." (2014)


Always totally committed, brilliantly prepared, and just doesn’t give in; A real fighter/an impassioned speech maker' ( 2013);


The Legal 500

Highly sought after” (2013) "leaves no  stone unturned" (2012)


Legal Experts Directory

'Highly Recommended'.


He specialises in homicide, public order  and  mental health cases and  has  a particular expertise in fraud, money laundering, insider  trading and  asset recovery law.


He regularly chairs Butterworth's Asset  Recovery Conferences. He was formerly a member of the advisory panel to the  Law Commission and  is an Honorary Fellow of the  School of Law, Kent University


  • 'Blackstone's Guide to POCA 2002' (5th  Edn due  in 2014) with Richard  Fisher  and  Richard  Thomas;
  • Annual author of chapters on Confiscation and  Assets Recovery in 'Blackstone's Criminal Practice';
  • 'The Law of Public Order  and  Protest' (OUP 2010  Ed.Thornton).

Homicide and Related Grave Offences

Jewell – Murder – ‘new’ loss of control  law appeal.

Ferguson – stabbing murder involving  Brixton GAS gang

Walker – gang on gang murder

Bowman  – gang on gang murder – 14 year  old client.

Kanagasingham – Successful defence under ‘New’ Diminished Responsibility law – killing of well-respected London solicitor  by pushing under underground train  – transgender issues.

Belben - Killing of father by 15 year  old - diminished responsibility - negative reaction to Prozac.

Scott – ‘one punch’  murder/manslaughter – complex neuropathology evidence

Gayle – Contract killing by 16 year  old of alleged Turkish mafia  leader’s wife.

Cadge – conspiracy to murder deft’s  ex-boyfriend using professional hitman.

Jama  - Asperger's Syndrome as a basis  for diminished responsibility.

Martin   - Shooting in Tottenham High Road - provocation / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Trial and  appeals of Winston Silcott for the  murder of PC Blakelock.

Whitemoor Prison breakout trial.

M25 prison  escape trial.

"Bradford  Twelve" trial.

Ron Brown MP.

The Rettendon Murders  (3 men  shot  dead in a Range Rover in Essex).

Regulatory and Financial Crime

Kumarathas  – 137 million Euros bureau de change money laundering

Shah – FSA multi-million  pound prosecution of spread-betting insider  dealing through UBS and  JPMC

Scarrott – ‘Largest   ever’  £27  million  pound VAT fraud  - abuse of executive power/legitimate expectation of immunity from prosecution as result of civil investigation

Met  Police v Ward   -Sensitive terrorism cash forfeiture proceedings. Large  amount in safe  deposit allegedly Libyan funding.

R (Chief Con of  Manchester) v City  of  Salford M.C. [2009] 1 WLR 1023 - Cash  seizure under

POCA 2002  of proceeds of sale  of goods manufactured by company using  illegal entrants

Ajibade [2006] 2 CrAppR (S)  70  - confiscation - Valuation of controlled drugs as benefit

Lewis - abuse of process - £170  million MTIC fraud.

Protest Cases

Barkshire and  others - Climate  change activists attempt to occupy Ratcliffe  power  station. Defence of necessity. Undercover police  officer. Mark Kennedy, posing  as activist.

Bard  and  others - Climate  change activists action at Drax power  station. Defence of necessity.

Olditch and  Pritchard – Attempt to disable B52 bombers at RAF base on eve  of Iraq war. Defence of prevention of crime.

Ayliffe and  others  – ‘The Barry 13’ – Greenpeace volunteers intercept of US ship carrying GM crops – defences of necessity and prevention of crime.

Criminal Appeals

Brett - Unsuccessful prosecution Court of Appeal  application to quash jury acquittal on basis  of fresh evidence under CJA 2003

Grant   [2005] 3  WLR 437 -   abuse of  process - police  monitoring  and   tape  recording of solicitor/client conversations

Nguyen [2006] 2 CrAppR 99  – leading authority on bad  character

Beckles v UK (European Court  of Human Rights)  - re: right  of silence


Met  Police v Ward  [Westminster MC - 2011]  Sensitive terrorism cash forfeiture proceedings. Large amount in safe  deposit allegedly Libyan funding  for terrorist.

Barot - 'Gas  Limos Project"/radioactive "Dirty Bomb" terrorist trial

Inquiries and Inquests

R v H.M. Coroner for  Wiltshire and  Swindon - (QBD)  - judicial review - Counsel  for family of airman volunteer unlawfully  killed in 1953 nerve gas  experiments at Porton  Down.

Safi  – acted  the  family  of a   young  mentally ill asylum applicant who  drowned in the  Thames following his release from a police station in which issues arose as to whether there were  systematic shortcomings in the  assessment of self-harm risks..

Killen  – acted for a young  man  who fatally  stabbed a mentally disordered individual  as  he  himself was  in the  process of fatally stabbing the  young  man’s  mother.. Issues as  to whether the  mentally disordered person had  been discharged prematurely from a local hospital.

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