Edmund Burge Q.C.

Year of Call: 1997 | Year of Silk: 2019 | Year of Recorder: 2018

"A star in the making." "He's tough but fair, and always knows the case inside-out. He has a good jury manner and is not intimidated by anybody or anything."

Chambers and Partners 2017 for Financial Crime.

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Edmund is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a leader in financial crime at the London Bar, and in the Legal 500 for fraud.  He was called by Lincoln’s Inn in 1997, appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2018, and took Silk in 2019. 

He specialises in offences involving complex tax and commercial fraud, as well as cases of corruption, arms-trafficking and brokering, money laundering, and other serious financial crime. The core of his practice consists of heavy fraud and serious commercial crime, frequently with an international dimension, and often involving complex issues of jurisdiction, disclosure, and public interest immunity.   He is on the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates for cases involving matters of terrorism and National Security, and has been DV cleared since 2007. 

"An extremely good advocate" who is “rated for his ability to handle the more complex cases”

Chambers and Partners 2019.

‘Instructed in challenging tax fraud cases.’

Legal 500 2019.

In addition to advocacy in substantive criminal offences, he provides experienced and practical advice to clients facing ancillary proceedings such as asset forfeiture, restraint and confiscation.  For example, he advises and represents both individuals and corporations facing financial investigation, whether within the UK or abroad, and resultant applications for Restraint Orders, Unexplained Wealth Orders etc.

For further information about the cases Edmund is currently engaged on, please see the ‘Current and Recent Cases’ section below.  Earlier examples of his work can be found under ‘Older Cases’.

Additional Information

Between 2005 and 2007 Edmund was the Kent Bar Mess representative to the Committee of the South Eastern Circuit. Between 2007 and 2010 he was Junior to the Kent Bar Mess.

Prior to coming to the Bar, between 1991 and 1995 Edmund was a civil servant at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), where he was involved in investigating and prosecuting cartels, price-fixing and other anti-competitive practices.

Professional Panel Appointments

  • Appointed Recorder - March 2018.
  • Prior to taking Silk, on the CPS’s Grade 4 lists for Fraud, Serious Crime, and Proceeds of Crime, and the SFO’s A-panel of junior counsel.
  • Attorney-General’s Panel of Special Advocates for cases involving allegations of terrorism and matters of national security, and is thus security-cleared at DV level.
  • General Dental Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel member 2013-2017.


  • Thomas More Awards 1996 & 1997.
  • Ede & Ravenscroft Prize 1997.
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn Student of the Year) 1997.

Professional Memberships

  • Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
  • Cybercrime Practitioners Association.
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • South East Circuit.
  • Kent Bar Mess.

Asset Recovery, Civil Fraud & Confiscation

Edmund provides experienced and practical advice to clients facing asset forfeiture, restraint, confiscation, and all other related proceedings.  

Business Crime

Edmund is a specialist in financial and business crime cases. 

Cases of Note


Op Bash (2019)

Advising the CPS pre-charge on a 24-handed £100 million money-laundering operation, leading Ini Udom.

R v. X (2019)

Advising a High Net Worth foreign national on the lawfulness of a Restraint Order and other measures taken against property held in the UK and elsewhere.

Re: Y (2019)

Advising a HNW citizen of a former Soviet Republic on the proposed application by the UK authorities for an Unexplained Wealth Order in relation to assets held within the UK.

Op Afterburner (2019)

Advising the CPS’ Strategic Exports Division on HMRC’s investigation into the unlicenced supply of Surface to Air missiles (SAMs), helicopter gunships, battle tanks and other weaponry to Syria, Libya, Iran and South Sudan.

Law Officers of the Crown (Guernsey) v. MS (2018)

Advising the MLRO of a Guernsey-based investment bank on the merits of the prosecution’s case, brought under Guernsey law, relating to offences of Money Laundering and Failing to Disclose.

R v. VWR International Ltd (Op Athenian) (2018)

Prosecution counsel in a case brought against a corporate defendant charged with the unlicenced export of controlled chemical compounds to Pakistan, Jordan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

R v. Witham Specialist Vehicles Ltd (Op Ashby) (2018)

Prosecution counsel against a corporate defendant accused of illegally exporting ammunition carriers (DROPS vehicles) to Mali and Guyana.

R v. Alexander George & 3 others (Op Algebra - 2018)

Leading in a four-handed trafficking & brokering prosecution at Southwark Crown Court involving the unlicensed supply of fighter jet and other aircraft parts to Iran

R v. David Hughes (Op Modcons II - 2018)

Lead junior counsel in the successful prosecution of an ex-Tax Officer for a £7millon conspiracy to cheat the revenue and money laundering operation at Southwark Crown Court.

Op Barbados (2018)

Advising HMRC & CPS on the pre-charge investigation and preparation of a 30 suspect £30m MTIC fraud involving tangible and intangible contra-deal chains using fraudulent off-shore banking platforms.

R v. Z & 3 others (2018)

Advising HMRC and the Insolvency Service on the pre-charge investigation of a four-handed £5m VAT & PAYE fraud involving pre-pack insolvencies and phoenix companies.


Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing (2017 - anticipated to end 2023)

Instructed as First Junior Counsel to the Met Police, preparing its evidential contribution to the Public Inquiry into the long-term deployment of undercover police officers since 1968. Leading a team of 10 junior Counsel.

R v. Mario Te (Op Mangerton - 2017)

Junior to Alan Kent QC prosecuting murder at the Old Bailey.

R v. Katabarwa & 5 others (Op Yena II - 2016-2017)

Leading in the prosecution at the Old Bailey of 6 defendants for 10 conspiracies to rob banks & post offices, using loaded handguns and significant violence to staff.

R v. Hamer (2016)

Court-appointed advocate (Canterbury Crown Court) to cross-examine witnesses in appeal against conviction of mentally ill transgender woman convicted of posting untrue allegations of rape and child abuse against ex-partner and others.

R v. Ahmed & 2 others (Op Modcons - 2016)

Leading in the prosecution at Maidstone Crown Court of a number of accountants and businessmen on charges of conspiracy to defraud the UK Revenue of £7 million and money laundering.

R v. Baxendale-Walker (Op Celadon - 2016)

Leading the prosecution at Guildford Crown Court of a former solicitor, specialist tax advisor and media owner accused of forgery and fraudulently obtaining material for use in a £240 million civil action.

R v. Texieira (2016)

Trial at the Old Bailey of conspiracies to import and supply 300kg of cannabis worth £1.5m.

R v. Louca & 4 others (Op Closeknit - 2016)

Leading in prosecution at Southwark Crown Court of 5 defendants charges with laundering £15m from large-scale cross-border alcohol diversion fraud.

R v Katabarwa & 4 others (Op Yena - 2015)

5-handed armed robbery at the Old Bailey, using loaded hand-guns.

R v. Gex (Op Creolize - 2015)

Prosecution at the Old Bailey of grooming of children via internet chat rooms and possession of indecent images of children.

R v. Springett & 3 others (Op Acapulco - 2015)

Joint prosecution by HMRC and Police Canterbury Crown Court of £800,000 fraud on gov’t agency providing funding for adult education courses.

R v. Akinluyi and 3 others (2014)

Leading in the prosecution of a 5-handed conspiracy to import class A drugs worth several million pounds concealed in the on-flight catering equipment of international airlines, using corrupt ‘air-side’ staff both in the UK and abroad.

R v. BC & DE (2013)

Acting for the Metropolitan Police in the application for forfeiture of money seized at the house of a man suspected to have been involved in funding Islamic terrorism in East Africa.

R v. Levy (a.k.a. Michaels) (2013)

Leading junior in the prosecution of a series of frauds which netted money, goods and services worth £1 million.

R v. Roe (2013)

The prosecution of a driver for a world superbike racing team for the importation into the UK of £2 million consignment of Class A and B drugs, a semi-automatic hand-gun and live ammunition.

R v. B (2012)

The prosecution of allegations of sexual assault and internet chat-room grooming of girls under 15 by a middle-aged man.

R v. Birch (2012)

The prosecution of the organiser of an importation of class A drugs worth over £3 million. The case relied on cell-site, ANPR, and international travel data to prove the defendant’s involvement. He pleaded guilty at the close of the prosecution case.

R v. Castle (2012)

The successful defence of man accused of being involved in the smuggling into the UK of £5 million of Class A and B drugs. His two co-defendants were convicted and received sentences of 20 and 17 years respectively.

R v. Sidime (2012)

The prosecution of a serial sex-offender and rapist for repeated attacks on young women at a back-packers’ hostel in West London. Victims and witnesses were flown back from New Zealand, France and Germany to give evidence that secured the convictions on all counts on the indictment.

R v. Rossiter (2011)

Successfully quashing the conviction of a young man for GBH, following his trial for attempted murder, by satisfying the Court of Appeal that the prosecution’s approach to disclosure had been fundamentally flawed leading to material non-disclosure at the trial.

R v. Messent (2010)

The prosecution of the former director of a City reinsurance brokers guilty of paying over $2 million in bribes to foreign officials in return for government reinsurance contracts. This was one of the first cases to implement the Attorney General’s Guidelines on Plea Discussions in Cases of Serious or Complex Fraud.

R v Sarig & Freckleton (2010)

The successful prosecution of UK citizens for repeated and illegal supplies of heavy weaponry (eg automatic guns, aircraft ammunition and 500lb flare bombs) from Eastern Europe to Asia, Africa and South America. The defendants had sought to evade domestic arms controls by operating through Panamanian-registered companies, and by the payment of commissions etc through Swiss banks. Those attempts proved unsuccessful.

R v Johnson & Owolabi

Laundering the proceeds of over £500,000 in Tax Credit fraud, involving over 75 false identities and 80 bank accounts.

R v Claydon and Muffet

The importation of 150 kg of cocaine.

R v Teal and Jones

The illegal export of para-military equipment from the UK to Iraq and elsewhere in the middle-east.

R v Osman and others

Conspiracy to facilitate the international movement of illegal immigrants.

R v H

Historic allegations of the serious and repeated sexual abuse of a 14 year old with cerebral palsy.

R v Smith

The prosecution of the principal financier of an importation of over 60kg of amphetamine.