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Edward Hodgson

Trainee solicitor

Crime, Fraud and Regulatory

Ed is a trainee solicitor in our Crime, Fraud and Regulatory team.

He joined Bindmans LLP in April 2019 and became a trainee solicitor in September 2021. He completed a seat in the Public Law and Human Rights team between September 2022 and February 2023 and returned to Crime in March 2023 for the end of his training contract.

During his time so far in the Crime, Fraud and Regulatory team, Ed has assisted partners and solicitors in a wide range of criminal cases in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court.

In particular, Ed’s experience includes:

  • Assisting in the representation of clients in a range of matters including murder and other offences against the person, protest offences such as failing to comply with a section 14 condition, drug offences, firearms offences, complex fraud and white-collar work, sexual offences and offences related to terrorism.
  • Assisting with restraint and confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Assisting in the representation of clients at inquests.
  • Assisting on several extradition cases, and particularly those involving arguments relating to prison conditions and the right to a fair trial.
  • Attending court to assist clients and counsel at trials and confiscation hearings.
  • Attending police stations to assist solicitors and clients at police interviews.
  • Assisting on cases before the Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights.
  • Drafting letters of representation to the CPS requesting discontinuance of prosecutions on public interest grounds.
  • Assisting a client in connection with a regulatory investigation by the London Fire Brigade.
  • Assisting in the representation of a client charged with failures to comply with a Planning Enforcement Notice.
  • Advising a client alleged to have been in breach of the FCA’s Conduct Rules.
  • Assisting in the representation of several scientists for Extinction Rebellion charged with criminal damage. four clients were acquitted at trial, and the final client had his conviction quashed on appeal.

In his previous seat, Ed worked in the Public Law and Human Rights team. He was involved in a variety of complex public law cases, including judicial review challenges to decisions made by way of public authorities along with claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. He assisted in the representation of individuals deprived of their British citizenship and victims of trafficking and rendition.

He assisted several unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who sought to challenge age assessments conducts by local authorities. He also worked on cases before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

Education and career
  • Ed graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in English from the University of Nottingham.
  • He then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP, achieving a Distinction
  • Completed the Bar Professional Training Course at City Law School, classed as Very Competent.
  • Ed is also an Inner Temple Scholar.
  • He joined Bindmans as a paralegal in 2019.
More about Ed

Before joining Bindmans, Ed had a previous career in publishing.