Edward read law at Magdalene College, Cambridge and obtained his degree there in 1970. He was articled to a firm in the City of London from 1971 before returning to Newcastle to join a family firm where he qualified in 1973, and where he remained until 2000. He then created his own sole practice which merged with Samuel Phillips in 2005.
Edward says that he enjoys working at Samuel Phillips because, at a larger law firm, an individual clients workload will often be divided up between several different lawyers, sometimes working in wholly separate departments. However, at Samuel Phillips, I am normally able, on the non-contentious side at least, to manage all aspects of a clients needs, enabling me to build a strong personal relationship with the individual.
Edward heads up all the non-contentious work in Samuel Phillips practice. In the main that comprises of commercial and residential property, and all private client work including wills, probate, estate administration, creation and management of trusts, estate and tax planning, asset protection, lasting powers of attorney and court of protection matters. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. His own principal areas of practice are split between property, where he is largely concerned with land assembly projects, options and other forms of development agreement and mineral rights, and private client where he seeks to provide a comprehensive service to individuals and families.