Edward Elton

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Licensing, Court Martial & Service Law, Trading Standards, Food Safety, Environment, Animal Health), Landlord & Tenant and Housing (Commercial, Residential, Social), Public Access (Direct Public Access)

Year Called: 2000

Inn: Gray's Inn

Qualifications: LLB (Hons)

Appointments: CPS Grade 3 Prosecutor,

Memberships: Western Circuit, Criminal Bar Association

Bar Council Registration

Edward Elton’s practice is divided between Housing Law, Regulatory matters, other serious crime, confiscation work, Courts Martial and motoring law.


Edward is regularly instructed by Local Authorities, Housing Associations and police forces, as well as by private individuals, across the whole spectrum of Landlord and Tenant work, including possession proceedings, anti-social behaviour injunctions, ‘crack house’ and nuisance premises closure orders and in Housing prosecutions. He is particularly skilled at trial in presenting a complicated factual matrix in a way that is simple and easily understood, without losing any of the force of the evidence. He has a broad experience in Judicial Review and in appellate advocacy.


Edward regularly prosecutes for Local Authorities under the Trading Standards Regulations and in cases brought under the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.
He appears regularly in prosecutions brought under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
He prosecutes and defends in cases brought under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and associated legislation.
He is experienced in Police Disciplinary hearings and matters arising from the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.


Edward is instructed to defend in serious matters of fraud and other matters of dishonesty involving complicated or high value aspect.  He also defends in matters of serious violence, public order or drugs. He regularly accepts instructions from defendants paying privately for their representation.

He has a wealth of experience in conducting prosecutions under the Fraud Act 2006 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, usually alone but also as a led junior, in which role he is particularly adept at reducing complicated facts into digestible schedules.


Edward has defended in many Naval and Army Courts Martial both here and abroad, in which task he is greatly assisted by his five years’ service in the British Army. He has appeared for the Service Prosecuting Authority before the Court Martial Appeal Court.


He is highly experienced in confiscation matters arising from the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and in conducting cash detention and forfeiture applications. He is skilled and experienced in all aspects of restraint proceedings.


He has considerable experience defending allegations under the Road Traffic Act, particularly matters of speeding, including s172 matters; drink-driving offences and dangerous driving cases, including cases alleging causing death by dangerous driving.

He is particularly skilled at mounting highly technical defences in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court for clients paying privately. He is experienced in judicial review arising from motoring matters.


VAT Number: 802384843

Edward Elton

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