After obtaining his PhD at Manchester University and pursuing a career in academic research on asylum-related topics, Edward switched to legal practice in 2003, joining the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit. From 2006 to 2011 he worked at the Immigration Advisory Service in the north west of England, with joint responsibility for Upper Tribunal (IAC) matters and the delivery of training. He is a member of the Law Society's Immigration Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme and a member of the Consulting Editorial Board (Immigration) of Lexis PSL. Following a period in private practice at immigration specialists Latitude Law in Manchester, he is now practising as an OISC-regulated freelance advocate in the First tier and Upper Tribunals and regularly delivers training on all aspects of immigration law.