Edward Dobson

Called in 2011

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


Practice Profile

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Edward is a civil practitioner specialising in property and licensing work.


He has been described as “excellent, accessible, a pleasure to instruct” and an “extremely approachable barrister with vast knowledge.


Edward’s practice encompasses every aspect of landlord & tenant and property litigation.  He has particular experience in business lease renewals and unlawful eviction.


In licensing he undertakes alcohol, taxi, and gambling work where he represents both trade and local authorities and acts as legal advisor to a number of licensing sub-committees in London and Kent.


He also undertakes commercial litigation, especially where there is as property aspect.  Having cut his teeth in the criminal courts, he is an experienced and persuasive advocate.




Property & Landlord and Tenant

The BW Limited – acting for tenants in a dispute regarding the appointment of mangers under s.24 Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

FP Ltd v LBE – high value and ongoing business rates dispute.

E & others v C & others – acting for five tenants in a case concerning whether the grant of a tenancy was protected under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954.

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

K v I – representing the landlord in an unlawful eviction claim, which settled for 10% of the damages claimed.


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”.

TiB v HA and others – a two-day trial acting for the beneficial owner of a property, the legal owner of which was a bankrupt.


H v H – Strike out application applying the principle of res judicata.

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

BG v AP – ongoing Partnership dispute concerning the misuse of trust property.


Re WM – Appearing for the applicant in a contested late-night premises application where he was successful in obtaining a new alcohol licence.

VA/TDD v LBB – successfully acting for the local authority on appeal against the grant of an alcohol premises licence with reduced hours.

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

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.


·         Cholmeley Scholarship.


·         Tancred Scholarship.


·         Hardwicke Entrance Award.



Edward read history at university before converting to law.  He has a growing interest in canon law and is churchwarden of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell.

·         The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

·         Common Law & Commercial Bar Association

·         Institute of Licensing

·         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.

“Edward is an extremely approachable barrister with vast knowledge. He goes the extra mile to assist and get the best result for the client.” - Instructing solicitor.

“He is extremely organised and accessible. Very responsive, calm and clever and easy to work with throughout the process, always engaging in a professional manner.” - Instructing solicitor

"A superb advocate with influential courtroom presence and an ability to manage and engage the court of extremely complex arguments." - Instructing solicitor

direct access

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

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