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Edis leads the Crown's case in the phone hacking trial

21/11/13

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Atlantic Chambers' Andrew Edis QC is lead prosecutor in the high profile Phone Hacking trial currently being heard at the Old Bailey in London.

Phone hacking is the practice of intercepting telephone calls or voicemail messages, often by accessing the voicemail messages of a mobile phone without the consent of the phone's owner with the term coming to prominence during the News International phone hacking scandal.

Edis, who was recently named as top crime barrister in the UK, is leading the Crown's case in a trial that is predicted to last up to five months.

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's ex-communications chief, Andy Coulson, face phone hacking charges connected to the now defunct News of the World.

Brooks and Coulson, both former editors of the paper, deny the charges.

Brooks, who resigned from News International in July 2011, also denies charges relating to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Coulson, who quit his role working for David Cameron in Downing Street in January 2011, also denies two charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

The paper's former head of news Ian Edmondson and its ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner allegedly conspired with them to access illegally voicemails between October 2000 and August 2006. They also deny the charges.

The newspaper's former royal editor, Clive Goodman has also pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Brooks's husband, Charlie Brooks denies conspiring to pervert the course of justice, as does her former assistant Cheryl Carter and News International's ex-head of security Mark Hanna.