Edmund Body

Barrister | Called 2017

Nicholas Syfret QC


Edmund joined Maidstone Chambers in 2019 after successful completion of pupillage. Before being called to the bar, Edmund worked for a legal service provider who specialised in writing wills. Prior to that, he worked in a criminal solicitor’s firm as a paralegal.

Education and qualifications:

  • BPTC (Nottingham Law School)
  • LLB (Nottingham Law School)

Edmund’s expertise


During Edmund’s time at the Bar he has appeared in the Crown court and magistrates’ court dealing with criminal cases ranging from Shoplifting to serious sexual offences, he has conducted multiple cases involving defendants with mental health issues and dealing with vulnerable witnesses. Edmund regularly represents licence taxi drivers who are members of the LTDA.

Notable Cases:

R v AG: defendant acquitted of making unlawful threats to a neighbour with a knife.

TMBC v MJM: Successfully prosecuted MJM for breaching three enforcement notices contrary to section 179 of the Town and Country Planning act 1990.

R v DR: DR pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and four assaults on police officers. After compelling mitigation was put forward DR received a suspended sentence.

German authorities v MM: The German authorities were seeking to impose a financial penalty on MM by way of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 CJIA 2008. Successfully argued that the German authorities had not complied with the relevant legislation and further to proceed would be a breach of article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

R v JH: Successfully appealed conviction after JH was convicted of assaulting two police officers. The Crown relied on evidence of four police officers.

R v MM: Defendant acquitted of driving without due care and attention. MM was accused of careless driving by the “Traffic Droid” a serial complainer of careless driving who has featured in the channel 4 series the Complainers and many national newspapers.

Edmund has appeared in the county court conducting Fast Track and Small claims trials. He is regularly in court dealing with Road Traffic matters which includes Credit Hire and Personal Injury. Edmund accepts instructions in matters arising out of breach of contracts, property disputes, Employment Law and all aspects of family law.
Notable Cases:

WW v IL: Represented the defendant successfully argued the matter should be struck out.

EH v AG: Successfully represented the claimant on a trial on quantum.

DC v LVIC: Successfully represented the claimant at trial on liability.

RG v RH: Successfully defended at trial on liability.

SB v LW: Successfully represented the claimant on a trial on quantum.

ACV v LGTS: Successfully represented the claimant at trial on liability and quantum.