Edward Burgess

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BA Oxon, MA Bristol, CPE (Dist.)
Year of call and Inn: 
1993; Inner Temple
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit
Recorder 2005 (Crown Court)
Practice Overview: 

Ed Burgess is a specialist in criminal law and advocacy with some twenty year's experience.

He is a CPS panel advocate level 4 prosecutor and is on the CPS specialist rape panel at level 4. He is also instructed to defend cases at the same level of gravity and complexity.

Ed has, in the past, worked in the field of mental health and as a law lecturer at the University of the West of England.


Ed has been named as a leading junior in crime on the Western Circuit in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 for over ten years. He is ranked in Crime Band 1 in Chambers and Partners.

"A widely respected junior with a sterling reputation for handling grave and complex criminal cases. He is a member of the CPS specialist rape panel and is frequently instructed as a prosecutor in addition to his defence work. Regarded as one of the leading juniors in Bristol, he's definitely up there with the best. Unflustered with a very good command of detail."
Chambers and Partners 2017

"An experienced criminal advocate, who has appeared in sexual offences, murder and fraud cases".
Legal 500 2016

“He is regularly instructed by the CPS and sits on its specialist rape panel. He also defends high-profile cases and is noted by solicitors for his deft handling of vulnerable clients.”
Chambers and Partners 2016

“He is experienced in dealing with cases involving multiple complainants and defendants.”
Legal 500 2015

“He would rate amongst the top barristers in the region. He is a very measured, very well-prepared, and very reassuring advocate.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“Prosecutes and defends in cases of the utmost seriousness and complexity.”
Legal 500 2014

“He is a very good advocate, very slick in court.”
Chambers and Partners 2014

“relaxed, yet effective manner”
Legal 500 2013

“a forceful, brave advocate”
Chambers and Partners 2013

“great client manner and fine eye for detail”
“forceful and considered advocate in court”
Chambers and Partners 2012

“exceptionally fine advocacy skills.”
Chambers and Partners 2011

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