Edward Dobson

Called in 2011

Areas of Practice
Business & Commercial, Personal Injury, Property, Landlord & Tenant, Direct Public Access Barristers, Local Authorities & Public Law


Practice Profile

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Edward is a civil practitioner with a particular specialism in licensing and regulatory work.




Edward maintains a general civil practice which stretches across the fields of insolvency, landlord and tenant (both residential and commercial), sale of goods disputes, disrepair and dilapidations, and general commercial litigation. 


Edward is happy to advise and settle pleadings in all of the above areas of law.


Recent Work


General civil/commercial

  • H v H – All day strike out application on a commercial claim applying the principle of res judicata.

  • HK v ED & others – successfully obtained urgent without-notice injunction to preserve evidence in a high value commercial case.


Landlord and Tenant & Possession


  • E & others v C & others - Acting for five tenants in a case concerning whether the grant of a tenancy-at-will is protected under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1951.


  • DB v 107 FR – appearing in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) on a successful application for adverse possession of a garage. 


  • HBC v B & Others – representing a local authority in opposing an application for relief from forfeiture in connection to a commercial lease.



  • K v Trustees in Bankruptcy & others – acting for a debtor in a successful application to annul a bankruptcy order with arguments over service of the petition and the meaning of “liquidated damages”.



  • Edward was recently instructed in an all day mediation in a case involving a dispute between father and son over a jointly purchased property that was in the sole name of the son.  The matter settled with favourable terms to the client. 


  • H v H – case in Central London County Court concerning the division of a jointly-owned property where there was a dispute over over the parties’ respective beneficial interests.

Sale of Goods

  • Advising and drafting a defence and additional claim in a case concerning the nemo dat rule and good title to a stolen car.

  • TVF v F LTD – represented the Defendant on an application to amend the defence in a large scale case concerning the importation of meat from Europe. 




Edward has a busy licensing practice in which acts for both licensed trade and local authorities. 


He regularly appears before licensing sub-committees on a wide range of hearings. Additionally, he is frequently instructed on appeals in the Magistrates’ Court.


Edward also acts as the legal advisor to a number of licensing sub-committees.


Recent work


  • Advising and appearing for the applicant in a contested late-night premises licence application where he was successful in obtaining both an alcohol licence and an increase in operating hours.


  • Acting as legal advisor to the licensing sub-committee on a review hearing concerning a well-known nightclub in Romford.


  • Acting as legal advisor to the licensing sub-committee on a TEN application and subsequent premises licence application.




Edward accepts instructions in a wide range of regulatory matters and has a particular expertise in planning enforcement, HMOs, food hygiene, noise abatement and housing licences.


Recent Work




  • LBN v L & Others – Edward was led acting for the local authority in a two-week prosecution under the Housing Act 2004 of 10 defendants.  Convictions were secured against all defendants. One of the largest prosecutions of its kind.


  • LBTH v HH – Acting for the defendant in a prosecution under the Housing Act 2004.  After successfully negotiating with the Prosecution the charges were withdrawn and the client accepted a written warning without paying any costs.

  •   LBN v AD Limited & Others – Successful prosecution of a well-known hotel in east London for breaches of fire safety regulations     


Environmental Protection


  • LBM v BB – appearing for the local authority in both the Magistrates Court and on appeal in the Crown Court on a successful prosecution of “fly-tipping” offences concerning ice creams vans on Clapham Common.


  • ML Care Home Ltd v LBH - acting for a Local Authority in an appeal against the issue of a noise abatement notice


Taxi Licensing


  • AV v ABDC – successfully defeating an appeal by a taxi driver against the revocation of his taxi licence.




  • Bar Professional Training Course (VC), College of Law.


  • GDL (Commendation), College of Law.


  • BA(Hons) Politics & History (2.1), University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


  • Cholmeley Studentship.


  • Tancred Studentship.


  • Hardwicke Entrance Award.




Edward read history at university before converting to law.  He has a growing interest in canon law and is an elected member of the Islington Deanery Synod and Churchwarden of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell.  He enjoys the best of food and wine, test match cricket, and sound liturgy.


  • The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn


  • Common Law & Commercial Bar Association


  • Ecclesiastical Law Society




"Mr Dobson is excellent, accessible and a pleasure to instruct. He grasps issues quickly and gets to the core of matters. He is a safe pair of hands who handles clients very well" - Instructing solicitor


“The client was very impressed with you and has asked if you can attend on the next hearing” - Instructing solicitor

direct access

Edward is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access to Barristers Scheme.

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