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Edwina Gatehouse

Edwina Gatehouse
Consultant Solicitor

Before joining Setfords she worked as a Supervisor and Case Handler for UK firm Thompson’s Solicitors, heading up a large industrial litigation team. Following on from that Edwina has expanded her litigation background specialising in Criminal litigation, Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Agricultural Disputes, Rights of Way disputes, Contentious Probate, Equitable remedies, Judicial Review, Debt recovery, Common Land Law, Licensing and Civil litigation matters. Edwina regularly appears as an advocate before both Magistrates and County Courts and acts as instructing Solicitor in High Court and Court of Appeal cases for both Civil and Criminal Divisions. 

An able advocate Edwina is a well-respected local solicitor in her field. She has been instructed to represent a number of high profile individuals both commercial and private including some well known sporting and TV personalities. Edwina is also a qualified Duty Solicitor and Accredited Police Station representative. 

Edwina deals with all areas of criminal defence from the most serious to the more modest offences. Recent cases include murder, male rape, historical allegations of rape, threats to kill, assault, fraud, indecent images, burglary, regulatory offences, VOSA prosecutions, RSPCA prosecutions, drug manufacture and supply and motoring offences. She advises at all stages of the criminal process, from the police station to court. She also advises on making representations to the Disclosure and Barring Service for removal from their lists and upon actions against the Police. Edwina deals with a wide range of Civil matters and has broad experience as litigator. Most recently Edwina successfully achieved Judgement against a UK wide Debt Collection company and recovered substantial fees for her client further to a contested County Court Trial. 

She acts on a private only basis. She will be clear about costs and can where feasible, agree to act on legal aid equivalent rates in criminal matters. 

Edwina fully understands how draining and incredibly stressful criminal or civil proceedings can be and tries to support her clients at each step in the process by offering unlimited service and 100% effort in terms of building the case. Irrespective as to the seriousness of the offence every case is highly important to the client and no stone must be left unturned in the effort pursued to ensure the best outcome. 

Significant cases:

  • Powell v Davies 2013 Acted for defendant in boundary dispute:common land law:duty to fence. Application to strike out. Court dismissed case without oral evidence on basis of submissions and skeleton argument. No evidence of duty/breach.
  • Dewan v Lewis [2010] EWCA Civ 1382 (easements)
  • R-v-Thomas Charge of Murder Outcome acquittal 2016
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff-v-Price Outcome acquittal 2016
  • R-v-Williams Charge of Sexual Assault Outcome acquittal 2016
  • R-v-Sevenoaks Charge of Drink Drive Outcome acquittal further to special reasons argument 2016
  • DEAL Ltd-v- Staley Defendant successful. Case struck out on application at Hereford County Court 2016
  • R-v-Russell Due Care and Attention 2016 Acquittal
  • R-v-Griffiths Sexual Assault 2016 Acquittal
  • R-v-Martin Fraud Acquittal 2016
  • R-v-Crickshank 2015 Assault Outcome Acquittal
  • R-v-Gregary 2014 Sexual Assault and Rape Outcome Acquittal
  • Davies -v- Powys County Council Judicial Review School Transport Dispute Successful 2016
  • Successful Defence of Civil Proceedings ; Alun Pryce Transport -v- John Jones Civil Engineering and Groundworks Ltd Successfully defended and claimant's case struck out. June 2017. Wrexham County Court

Edwina can help with:

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Hearings
  • Legal Issues
  • Dispute resolution
  • Document drafting
  • Criminal Defence
  • Trials, Appeals
  • Legal Advice
  • Legal Assistance

Criminal Litigation:

  • Police Station Accredited Representative
  • Duty Solicitor
  • Advocacy
  • 24 hour call out
  • All criminal offences covered including DWP, Trading Standards and RSPCA Prosecutions
  • All Police Station. Trading Standard, Licensing Department, RSPCA and HMRC interviews covered / conducted
  • Magistrates and Crown Court work undertaken



  • Appeals
  • Careless driving/driving without due care and attention
  • Dangerous driving
  • Death by careless driving
  • Death by dangerous driving
  • Defective vehicle/dangerous condition
  • Drink driving
  • Driving licence offence codes and endorsements
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Driving without a licence
  • Drug driving
  • Exceptional hardship
  • Fail to produce documents
  • Fail to provide a specimen
  • Fail to stop/report
  • Failure to identify driver
  • Medical revocation of driving licence
  • Mobile phone use
  • New drivers
  • Not in proper control of a motor vehicle
  • No insurance
  • No MOT
  • No valid tax
  • Removal of a disqualification
  • Road traffic offence training courses
  • Speeding
  • Speed awareness course
  • Special reasons
  • Tacographs
  • Taxi/touting offence
  • Traffic light offences
  • Weight offences


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