Edward Caute

Edward Caute

Senior Managing Solicitor

a joy to work with and a real professional

Area of Law


Personal Profile

Ed Caute has 18 years’ experience as a specialist in serious crime and was listed in Chambers & Partners in 2012 as a Notable Practitioner: “a joy to work with and a real professional.”

After obtaining a 2(1) BA Hons degree in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Sussex, Ed became interested in criminal justice through the 409 Project in Brixton, working as a volunteer with young offenders, serving on the management committee, and running training courses.

Ed studied the CPE and Law Finals at the College of Law in Lancaster Gate and then trained as a solicitor at Darlington & Parkinson Solicitors in Acton, where he became a partner in 1998.

In 2001 Ed joined FMW Law and is a Supervising Solicitor and Higher Rights Advocate, representing a diverse range of clients.

He is an active member of the LCCSA and has written book reviews for The Advocate.

Ed has been shortlisted for the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.

Academic Study

1985 – BA Hons 2(1) Philosophy and Literature, Sussex University
Common Professional Exam (CPE) and Law Findings at College of Law, Lancaster
1995 – Admitted as Solicitor

Career History

1994–2001 – Darlington & Parkinson Solicitors, trainee then assistant solicitor. Made partner 1998

Notable Cases

2011 – Conspiracy to murder. Defendant was hired gunman who admitted shooting the victim but denied intention to kill. Acquitted of the alleged conspiracy and attempted murder.

2011 – Defendant second on indictment in Victoria Station murder case, the biggest joint-enterprise murder trial in British legal history. Acquitted of murder; others convicted.

2007 – Defendant a police officer in the Counter-Terrorist Command, charged with misconduct in public office through leaking classified report to the press.

2004 – Defendant a mother who drowned her baby boy. Psychiatric defence to murder upheld.

2002 – Defendant charged with attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend and murder of her child.

Other Information

2016: Shortlisted for the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.

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2012: Chambers & Partners

Interviewees describe solicitor advocate Ed Caute of Farrell Matthews & Weir as “a joy to work with and a real professional.”