Edmund Blackman

Edmund Blackman

Call: 1999


Edmund Blackman is a specialist criminal advocate of well over twenty years’ experience who prosecutes and defends in cases right across the criminal spectrum, and in particular in those involving serious violence, class A drugs, firearms and sex offences. Edmund also appears before Courts Martial, both in the UK and overseas. He is known for his committed and determined courtroom style, his sound judgement, and his ability to master complicated briefs. He is a pupil supervisor and member of the Criminal Bar Association. Edmund is a Grade 3 prosecutor.


Cases of interest include:

  • R v CB, Portsmouth – defended at trial one of a group of men accused of acting as an OCG to traffic some two dozen  immigrants across the channel.
  • R v RF, Chelmsford – prosecuted at trial a driver accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of his young passenger.
  • R v DH, Birmingham – defended at trial a man accused of multiple non-recent rapes and serious sexual assaults committed against his own step-children.
  • R v JH, Stafford – defended at trial a man accused of rape in the context of a coercive and controlling relationship.
  • R v TL and LT-G, Croydon – prosecuted at trial two juveniles accused of wounding with intent another teenager in a premediated machete attack as punishment for assisting the police
  • R v IS, Birmingham – defended at trial a man accused of grooming and regularly and seriously sexually abusing his friend’s daughter when she was aged between 10 and 14.
  • R v DM, Inner London – defended at trial a man accused of multiple aggravated burglaries targeting the owners of Rolex watches, His brother had pleaded guilty and turned Queen’s Evidence.
  • R v MU, Snaresbrook – defended at trial a man accused of class A drugs offences and possessing with intent to endanger life two handguns, a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition
  • R v ET-T, Southwark – prosecuted at trial a man accused of taking a hoax bomb on board a passenger jet.
  • R v DS, Central Criminal Court and Court of Appeal: defended a man accused on a twenty-two count indictment of possessing multiple firearms – including a submachine gun, a sawn-off shotgun and handguns – and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
  • R v SC, MCC Sennelager: defended before General Court Martial an infantryman accused of being one of five soldiers who repeatedly broke the jaw of an NCO in a prolonged attack.
  • R v JB, Isleworth: prosecuted a convicted rapist accused of spiking his carer’s drink with a date-rape drug on Christmas Day before subjecting her to a serious sexual assault once she was unconscious.
  • R v BN, Maidstone: defended in a multi-handed case in which the defendants were accused of conspiring to commit ram-raid thefts of ATMs using high performance cars that they had stolen in targeted burglaries.


  • MA (Honours) in History – University of Edinburgh
  • PGDL and BVC – BPP Law School, London


4 Jun 2017

Edmund Blackman prosecutes Albanian drugs courier

Edmund Blackman appeared for the Prosecution at St Albans Crown Court, instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service Thames & Chiltern. Details of the case...