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Edward Bailey

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Core Practice Area: Crime
Call: 1990
Gray's Inn
Education: Edinburgh University M.A (Hons) English Literature,
City University: Diploma in Law
Memberships: The Western Circuit


Edward Bailey has practised in Devon and Cornwall for over 20 years. Originally, he had a mixed practice, but in recent years he has specialised in Criminal Law. He prosecutes and defends all types of criminal activity: sex, drugs, violence, dishonesty, road traffic fatalities and animal welfare.

He undertakes Coroner's Inquests, including death in custody.


Notable contested cases

R v D (2016) defence of a tattoo artist charged with assault by penetration upon one of his customers.

R v S (2016) defence of a step-father charged with child cruelty.

R v A (2015) prosecution of a mature student charged with sexual activity with a child.

R v T (2014) defence of a young man charged with rape, assault by penetration and sexual assault upon 3 different females.

R v B (2014) defence of a father charged with historic inter-familial indecent assaults.

R v F (2014) defence of a woman charged with conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.

R v B (2012) defence of a woman charged with theft of £40,000 from a social club.

R v C (2011) defence of man charged with causing death by careless driving.

Reported cases

R v Shaun Woodman [2016] EWCA Crim 640
Combining immediate custodial sentences with orders for compensation.

R v Hewitt [1996] Cr. A. R (S.) 14
Powers of the Crown Court on breach of a community order imposed by the Magistrates Court.

R v Pring Cr. A. R (S.) 1996   53
Appropriate Sentence for causing death by dangerous driving in circumstances where an insufficiently secured tractor toppled off the trailer being towed by the defendant.

R v Neil Densham [2015] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 37
Third strike suppliers of class A drugs found guilty after trial, and thereby subject to the mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years, should, nonetheless, have their sentence adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report. Such a course should usually be taken in all such cases, (e.g. third strike dwelling-house burglars; firearm offenders), where the burden is on the defendant to argue that a minimum term should not be imposed.



Cricket and farming. Since 2002, Edward has bred pedigree British Saddleback pigs: he has won Female Pig of the Year at The Great Yorkshire Show 2010; Supreme Champion Pig at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival 2010 and 2011; and Supreme Champion Pig at the Royal Cornwall Show 2010.