Ed’s clients include foreign states, pension and sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, corporates and high net worth individuals. Ed advises claimants and defendants on a range of English and multi-jurisdictional disputes in relation to fraud, asset recovery, crypto, business acquisitions and other breach of contract and tort claims.



The Legal 500 says “Ed Holmes is a very experienced and technically excellent associate,” interviewees describing him as “very diligent, with thorough grasp of the detail and overall strategy.” The directory also say he is a “key lawyer” in the department.


Cases in which Ed has advised include:

  • Acting for a sovereign wealth fund in multi-billion dollar fraud claims against over 40 defendants based around the globe.
  • Advising a Singaporean financial services firm on recovering assets stolen by fraudsters in Serbia.
  • Acting for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in its multi-billion dollar claims against JPMorgan for breach of Quincecare duty arising from an alleged fraudulent oil field scheme.
  • Bringing a claim for a German real estate firm against a global investment bank to recover sums allegedly paid out under duress.
  • Defending an asset manager against investor claims for breach of mandate.
  • Acting for aerospace conglomerate Triumph Group in relation to a share purchase agreement dispute against Fortune 500 company Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC).


Ed trained and qualified at a large US firm in London before working for several years at a top-ranked litigation firm. He relocated to Leeds in 2019, working from there and our London office.



On the rare occasion that he is not ferrying his children around, Ed enjoys golf, cricket and football and has recently caught the padel bug.

Accreditations and Memberships

Ed is a committee member of the Crypto Fraud and Asset Recovery Network (CFAAR).