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Atlantic Chambers' QC appointed High Court Judge

05/11/14

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Atlantic Chambers' Andrew Edis QC has been appointed to be a Justice of the High Court.

The Lord Chief Justice has assigned him to the Queen's Bench Division where he will be working with another former member of Atlantic Chambers and fellow Liverpudlian, Sir Brian Leveson, the President of the QBD.

After prosecuting the recent phone hacking trial involving Rebecca Brooks and Andy Coulson, the Queen approved his appointment with effect from 1st October 2014 and Edis has now left his Liverpool Practice.

The appointment is the latest milestone in a glittering career that saw Edis named as "Criminal Silk of the Year" in the prestigious Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards last year.

Liverpool-born Edis, 57, who studied at Liverpool College and University College, Oxford was called to the Bar in 1980, took Silk in 1997 and appointed a Recorder in 1999.

Between 2000 - 2006 he was head of Atlantic Chambers and in 2008 he was appointed as Senior Treasury Counsel.

Last year's award and his appointment to the High Court follow a successful series of prosecuting high profile cases.

He first came to public prominence when he defended former Liverpool FC goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar who was cleared of allegations of match fixing in 1997.

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 defended 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.

In 2004 he defended 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.  The deputy headmistress vanished in 1976 and her body was eventually found trussed up in Coniston Water in 1997.

Other notable successes include prosecuting the former energy minister Chris Huhne MP and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce both sentenced to eight months for perverting the course of justice over the speed points swapping scandal that ended Huhne's political career.

Before the phone hacking trial last year he also 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.

Lee Cadwallader, head clerk at Atlantic Chambers said: "Andrew's appointment is wonderful news and fully justified.  He is widely regarded in legal circles as a world class advocate and our loss will be the nation's gain.  We wish him well in his new role."