Member of Chambers Profile

Edward Franklin

Year of Call: 2006



Edward is an experienced advocate. He represents clients in serious and complex criminal cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, in particular those involving complex fraud, organised crime, sexual offences and serious assaults. He is a Grade 3 CPS panel advocate and has been appointed to the CPS panel of specialist rape counsel. He is a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) panel advocate.

Areas of Specialism

General Crime

Experienced in large, complex trials involving multiple defendants

Routinely deals with complex telephone, DNA, scientific and sensitive material 

Experienced in complex PII issues including instruction as independent PII counsel to the SFO

Conducted numerous contested Serious Crime Prevention Order hearings

Experienced in advising on appeals to the Court of Appeal

Fraud and Financial Crime

Prosecutes large multi-handed fraud trials

In depth understanding of case preparation and disclosure in very complex fraud prosecutions

Appointed to list of Serious Fraud Office panel advocates (grade B)

Money Laundering/Proceeds of Crime:

Represents parties to confiscation and civil recovery proceedings

Acts for both the prosecution and defence in confiscation and cash forfeiture proceedings

Advises on applications to vary restraint orders

Direct Access

Edward is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Public Access Scheme operated by the Bar Council. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice or representation in Court can come directly to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions directly to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme 

Recent Cases

Operation Kadenza - led junior in a series of five trials flowing from a huge investigation into the UK’s largest prosecution of ‘vishing’ fraud. Confiscation proceedings involve a benefit in excess of £15 million. 

EURIBOR/LIBOR – instructed by the SFO as independent junior counsel to oversee disclosure in a case brought against bankers charged with fraudulently manipulating the EURIBOR interest rate. Drafted the Disclosure Management Document and worked with the prosecution team on disclosure policy and decisions. This followed work on LIBOR cases from 2013 which included providing advice at the investigatory stage and analysis of the evidence.

R v J & Others – Junior alone. Multi-handed conspiracy to defraud operating for many months to defraud businesses of hundreds of thousands of pounds of goods and services. 

Operation Nobelium – Junior alone. Three defendants charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit regulatory offences in relation to over £5 million of products. Involved presentation of surveillance material, complex telephone and expert evidence. 

Operation Wensley – Junior alone. Series of commercial robberies in North London. Involved presentation of cell site, other telephone evidence and extensive video evidence. 

R v W – prosecuted a man charged with kidnapping and attempting to kidnap 9 children. 

R v O – conspiracy to prevent the unlawful burial of a body and serious assault upon the deceased prior to death.  

R v M – defended in nine-handed prosecution of protesters charged with aggravated trespass.

Education and Professional Qualifications

Called to the Bar in 2006 - Gray’s Inn

Senior Bedingfield Scholarship – Gray’s Inn

Woolf Scholarship 

Bar Vocational Course – Nottingham Law School

Diploma in Law – College of Law

GDL award – Gray’s Inn

MA in Classics – Oxford University (The Queen’s College)