Andrew Edis QC


  • Year of birth:
  • Year of call:1980
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  • Circuit:Northern
  • Recorder:1994 - Assistant Recorder
  • QC:1997 - Queen's Counsel 2001 - Deputy High Court Judge
  • Appointments:2004 - Bencher of Middle Temple 2008 - Senior Treasury Counsel
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Andrew Edis QC

Edis has the ability to argue the law in a way that is absolutely second to none 

Chambers UK, 2011

Ranked by industry guides as a premier tier advocate in crime, and nominated by Chambers & Partners as "Crime Silk of the Year" at their 2013 Bar Awards, Andrew Edis QC is "at the very top of the list for serious crime", "a true heavyweight and a genuine star" (Legal 500), and "renowned for being a pre-eminent member of both the Northern and London bars" (Chambers UK). In police law, he "is praised by interviewees for his keen mind and excellent advocacy" (Chambers UK).  "Considered one of the top crime silks, he handles very high-profile cases both defending and prosecuting.  he is ferociously efficient and a devastating cross-examiner." (Chambers UK, 2014)

Andrew joined Chambers in 2008, and maintains his links with Atlantic Chambers in Liverpool.

Crime & Regulatory

His criminal work has involved him prosecuting and defending dozens of murder cases, and number of which have been high profile, including R v Taft (the "Beauty in the Bath"), R v John Allen ("Death on the Nile"), and R v Gordon Park ("Lady in the Lake").

In the last four years he has prosecuted two cases on behalf of the Serious Fraud Office. During the same period he has defended a lengthy carousel fraud, including a successful appeal against conviction.

Since January 2006 he has prosecuted seven substantial terrorism cases.

As a junior he came to public prominence by defending the footballer, Bruce Grobbelaar, accused of corruption in the context of a football match fixing sting by the News of the World. He then represented Mr. Grobbelaar before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Football Association.

In addition to murder trials at the Central Criminal Court, he is presently preparing to prosecute a substantial terrorism trial, and a prosecution on behalf of the Environment Agency in Wales.

Credit Hire

Andrew has extensive experience of the areas of law which arise in credit hire cases. He has acted on behalf of Accident Exchange Ltd regularly over the last four years in substantial litigation over the enforceability of its agreements, and in an action against Autofocus Ltd in which the defence of witness immunity arose.


Throughout his career he has regularly appeared at coroners' inquests. In 2010 he appeared for the Greater Manchester Police in the month-long inquest into the death of PC Ian Terry, a firearms officer killed when shot during a training exercise.

Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Individual  Chambers UK 2013 bar awards  


House of Lords:

R v Darren Becouarn [2006] 1 Cr.App.R. 2 - Directions on character and silence at trial

R v Dietschmann [2003] 2 WLR (HLE) - Drink in diminished responsibility

Arthur JS Hall v Simons [2002] 1 AC 615 (HLE) - Abolition of Advocates' Immunity

Court of Appeal Criminal Division:

As Senior Treasury Counsel he regularly appears on References for the Attorney General, though these are not listed here.

R v Benjamin Thompson, R v Jason Crawford, R v Ahmed Gomulu, R v Christopher Allen, R v David Blake, R v Kamulete Kasunga, [2010] EWCA Crim 1623, 2010 WL 2754137 - conjoined appeals on jury directions


R v FB [2010] EWCA Crim 1857 and R v SH [2010] EWCA Crim 1932 - two related cases concerning the powers of the Crown Court judge

R v Branchflower (Paul Lee) [2009] EWCA Crim 1239 - Appeal concerning Judge's direction on silence at trial

R v Lee Carter [2009] EWCA Crim 1739, 2009 WL 2222007 - baby shaking appeal involving fresh evidence and expert witnesses

R v Khan (Mohammed Ajmal) [2007] EWCA Crim 2331; [2008] Crim. L.R. 391 - witness committed to prison for contempt for refusing to answer questions. Privilege against self incrimination

R v M [2007] EWCA Crim 970 [2007] 2 Cr App R 17 and R v Aitzaz Zafar and others [2008] EWCA Crim 184, [2008] 2 Cr App R 8 - connected appeals in construction of section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000

R v Fury (Peter) (Senior) [2006] EWCA Crim 1258; (2006) 150 S.J.L.B. 740 - directions in manslaughter/murder

R v B (T) [2006] EWCA Crim 417, [2006] 2 Cr. App. R. 3 - the treatment of expert evidence in criminal trials

R v Brookhouse [2004] EWCA Crim 3471 - sentencing in large scale dug importation cases

R v Andrew Greenwood [2004] EWCA Crim 1388, [2005] 1 Cr. App. R. 7

R v Ian Thomas [2002] EWCA Crim 941, [2003] 1 Cr App R 11

Court of Appeal Civil Division:

Bent v Highways & Utilities Construction Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 292 - credit hire


R (on the application of Kelly) v Liverpool Crown Court [2006] EWCAS Civ 11 - appeal from Administrative Court in Taxi licensing case

Timmins v Gormley (sub nom. Locabail) [2000] QB 451 - judicial bias case

Norman v Aziz & Ali [2000] PIQR P72 - limitation and the MIB

LR v Witherspoon [1999] PNLR 776 - solicitors' negligence

Police Law Cases:

Daar v Chief Constable of Merseyside [2005] EWCA Civ 1774, [2005] Po. L.R. 376

David Donachie v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2004] EWCA Civ 405

Cruickshank v Kent County Constabulary [2002] EWCA Civ 1840

Vellino v Chief Constable of Manchester [2002] 1 WLR 218

L (A Child) and another v Reading Borough Council and the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police [2001] 1 WLR 1575

Webb v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police [2000] QB 427

Administrative Court:


Sher v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester [2010] EWHC 1859 (Admin) - failed judicial review claims brought by terrorism suspects

R (on the application of Malik) v Manchester Crown Court [2008] EWHC 1362 (Admin), [2008] 4 All ER 403 - journalist subject to production order in terrorism investigation

Liverpool City Council v Secretary of State for Health [2003] EWHC 1975 (Admin)

Alternative Futures v National Care Standards Commission [2002] EWHC 3032 (Admin)

High Court:

R (A Patient who proceeds by His Mother and Litigation Friend Margaret R), Liverpool City Council v Liverpool Health Authority [2002] Lloyds Rep Med 23 - care costs in personal injury claim where local authority providing care

Nunnerley & Nunnerley v Warrington HA [2000] PIQR Q69


Andrew regularly presents at seminars and other events. In 2010 he presented on Judicial Review at the 2 Hare Court Regulatory Update, and chaired an Atlantic Chambers seminar on Judicial Review in 2009.

In Autumn 2008 he arranged a series of in-house seminars at Atlantic Chambers given by Mr Brian Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Law at Liverpool University, which were a comprehensive update on Judicial Review and the new administrative law system in the UK.

He has presented webinars, recently one on credit hire with Tim Kevan and Aidan Ellis.

In 2007 he participated in a discussion at the British Academy of Forensic Science in London with prosecuting counsel and the trial judge on the "Lady in the Lake" murder trial. In 2006 and 2007 he participated in the University of Oxford's BCL degree course, presenting on expert evidence, which led to an article in the Civil Justice Quarterly.

He has addressed the Weightmans Annual Police Law Conference ("New Lines of Attack in Tort Claims"), and has lectured on a range of other subjects including Misfeasance in Public Office, the Proceeds of Crime Act, Negligence and Family Proceedings, Limitation, Fairchild and Causation, and Claims Against Barristers. For many years he lectured on the assessment of damages in Personal Injury Claims for Euroforum and QDOS.


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