Winner in the Children’s Rights category at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) Awards 2019. Edward is dedicated to acting for disadvantaged individuals. He adopts a client-focused approach and prides himself on making a real difference to people’s lives.
Edward has developed a niche practice acting for unaccompanied asylum seeking minors whose age is disputed by Social Services and/or the Home Office. He acted in the significant Judicial Review case of R(AS) v Kent CC  UKUT 446, and has since been recognised as a leading practitioner in this area.
Edward has considerable High Court experience and has also conducted appeals to the Court of Appeal, including the recent judgment in Troy Guiste v Lambeth LBC  EWCA Civ 1758, which concerned the use of NowMedical evidence in vulnerability housing cases.
Edward has also achieved success in complex disrepair, possession, homelessness, community care, harassment and unlawful eviction cases, and was recognised as a “key figure” in this area in the 2019 and 2020 Legal 500 directories. Edward has gained a reputation of being a force to be reckoned with and is relentless in his pursuit of suitable housing for his clients.
Edward regularly represents clients with mental health difficulties and has experience working alongside the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee. He also often represents clients facing the loss of their homes at the Clerkenwell & Shoreditch County Court duty desk scheme.
Member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA) Junior Executive Committee. Edward is frequently invited to speak at conferences and assists the careers team at the University of Law, by speaking at panel events.
In his spare time, Edward enjoys camping and travelling, if he can drag himself away from his cases!
What professionals say about Edward:
Tessa Buchanan, Garden Court Chambers:
“Ed is an outstanding solicitor with an impressive dedication to his clients. He is extremely bright, very well-organised, and highly capable. It is always a pleasure to work with him.”
Ian Wise QC, Monckton Chambers:
“It’s a pleasure working with Ed. He has a maturity and judgment well-beyond his years and gives his all to his clients.”
What clients say about Edward:
- “With great fortune I was assigned Edward Taylor as a Duty solicitor in court. From the off his knowledge and experience defused a very stressful time for me and he then handled my case with unwavering professionalism and excellent communication throughout.” TrustPilot review, 31st August 2019.
- “This has been an incredibly difficult time but with Edward always keeping me in the loop with how the case progressed, it made it much easier. He is tactical, professional and a joy to be around.” TrustPilot review, 17th June 2019.
- “If I ever need legal advice again I would definitely be contacting Edward Taylor I would trust him with my life!” TrustPilot review, 27th June 2018.
Edward’s reported cases include:
- Troy Guiste v Lambeth LBC  EWCA Civ 1758 – which concerned local authority reliance on ‘NowMedical’ opinions, and also clarified the vulnerability test following the decision of the Supreme Court in Hotak.
- R (on the application of AS, by his litigation friend Mr Francesco Jeff of the Refugee Council) -v- Kent County Council  UKUT 446 – which determined the unreliability of dental expert evidence when assessing the ages of unaccompanied asylum seeking putative children.
- ZN v BA (2019) CLCC, HHJ Luba QC, Legal Action, June 2019 – where ZN was awarded damages totalling £20,461 following landlord harassment and non-protection of tenancy deposit.