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 commercial, property, and licensing work.




Edward maintains a civil practice which stretches across the fields of landlord & tenant (both residential and commercial), property, insolvency, sale of goods, personal injury, and general commercial litigation. 


Having cut his teeth in the criminal courts Edward is an experienced and persuasive advocate.  Maintaining a multi-disciplinary civil practice allows him to utilise arguments from across the whole spectrum of legal disciplines.


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


Recent cases:



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.


ATH v LBTH – successfully opposing an application for pre-action disclosure.


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


Property & Landlord and Tenant


FP Ltd v LBE – representing a company in a high value and ongoing business rates dispute.


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


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 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”.


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

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 sale of goods case concerning the importation of meat from Europe.


Personal injury

Edward has significant experience of claims arising out of road traffic accidents, as well as those arising in other contexts, including employers’ and occupiers’ liability.  He is instructed to appear in claims allocated to the Fast and Multi Track and has much experience of dealing with cases involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty.

Edward is happy to provide written advices and to settle pleadings and schedules of loss.

Recent cases include advising on a fatal accident claim which included cross-jurisdictional arguments due to the deceased’s spouse being resident in Pakistan.




Edward has a busy licensing practice in which he 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’ and Crown Courts.


Edward also acts as the legal advisor to a number of licensing sub-committees both in London and Kent.


Recent cases:


Re WM – Advising and appearing for the applicant in a contested late-night premises application where he was successful in obtaining an alcohol licence.


Re HOL – Advising an off-licence in relation to a premises licence review. 


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


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




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.   


Edward also represents university students in misconduct and academic appeals against higher education institution.


Recent cases:




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 summons was withdrawn and the client accepted a written warning without paying any costs.  


LBS v RN – acting for the defendant in an HMO breach case.  After submitting written representations the summons was withdrawn.  


LBN v JP and others – successfully acting for the local authority on a two-day appeal by the defendants against convictions under the Housing Act 2004. 


LBN v AD Limited & others – successful prosecution of an 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 in 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.


LBM –v- CRL - Acting for a Local Authority at both first instance and on appeal in a successful prosecution for failure to comply with a notice under section 215 Town and Country Planning Act 1990.


Taxi Licensing


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




Bar Professional Training Course, College of Law.


GDL, College of Law.


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


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.  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


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.


“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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