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Edwin Simpson

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Commercial barrister specialising in Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Administrative and Public law and Commercial Chancery. Appearing at public inquiries and applications for judicial and statutory review and advising on all aspects of such work; he has particular expertise in highway and village green matters, and acts as a non-statutory inspector at public inquiries into the latter, as well as appearing on behalf of both users and landowners. Also has expertise concerning Freedom of Information; and in connection with allegedly sham transactions in the trust and tax context, and more widely. Recent cases include R (Newhaven) v East Sussex CC [2015] UKSC 7 (an attempt to register a beach as a village green); and R (Andrews) v SS for for Environment [2015] EWCA Civ 669 (modern effect of Inclosure awards).


Called 1990. Teaches trusts law and taxation at Christ Church, Oxford; vice-chair Oxford Student Disciplinary Panel.


Contributor to ‘The Law of Freedom of Information’ (2016); author of Sham Transactions (with Prof Miranda Stewart, OUP 2013) etc.


Christ Church, Oxford (MA 1988; BCL 1989)