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Prestigious award for Chamber's QC

04/11/13

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Atlantic Chamber's Andrew Edis QC has been named as "crime silk of the year" in the prestigious 2013 Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards.

Andrew, who was head of Chambers from 2000-2006, landed the award following a successful series of prosecuting high profile cases.

He is currently the lead prosecutor in the Phone Hacking trial and is regarded as a top crime advocate in legal circles, also described by industry guide Legal 500 as "a true heavyweight and a genuine star."

His award citation read: "At the very top of the list for serious crime. Senior Treasury Counsel Andrew Edis QC advises upon and prosecutes high-profile matters, mostly of exceptional gravity. Terrorism and national security work is a staple of his practice."

Last year he prosecuted at the so-called "honour killing" trial of the parents of Shafilea Ahmed, both sentenced to life for her murder at the family home in Warrington, Cheshire.

Other notable successes include prosecuting the former energy minister Chris Huhne, and his ex-wife and economist Vicky Pryce, both sentenced to eight months earlier this year over the speed points swapping scandal that ended Huhne's political career.

Oxford-educated, Edis was called to the bar in 1980 and came to public prominence when he defended footballer Bruce Grobbelaar who was cleared of allegations of match fixing in 1997.

In 2004 he prosecuted Gordon Park, the former teacher convicted of the murder of his wife Carol 30 years after she disappeared in the infamous "lady in the lake" case.

Other high profile prosecutions include the "beauty in the bath" case, which saw the 1999 conviction of former double glazing businessman John Taft for the murder of beautician Cynthia Bolshaw, strangled at her home in Heswall, Wirral, in 1983.

Edis also prosecuted the 2000 conviction of John Allan, an industrial chemist from Merseyside who poisoned his wealthy girlfriend Cheryl Lewis, a solicitor from Pwllheli, north Wales, while they were on holiday on the Nile in 1998.

Appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997, Edis has also prosecuted a number of terrorism cases and appeared on behalf of the Serious Fraud Office.