Anthony Edwards is the nephew of Thomas Victor Edwards who established the firm in 1929. Anthony joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1972, he qualified in 1974 and has remained at TV Edwards ever since.
Area of Specialism:
Anthony specialises in Corruption, Fraud and Major Crime. He is acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading authorities on police station law. He has been granted the required security clearance to handle cases involving witnesses requiring entry in to a witness protection scheme.
Anthony acts for clients accused of large scale and complex frauds. These cases run into thousands of pages of evidence. Anthony is adept at handling and organising the evidence to ensure that no stone is left unturned. Anthony is accepted on the fraud panel of the Legal Aid Agency and is authorised to carry out work under the VHCC scheme.
Anthony gives practical and direct advice to clients. He can capably advise clients about ancillary matters such as the restraint of funds during investigation and trial as well as confiscation proceedings.
Anthony is well-known for being up-to-date with developments in his field. He is now a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, which is a forum for legal practitioners to discuss issues in the field and to provide education and training to other lawyers.
Anthony has a well respected reputation as a leading mitigator of sentence. A former Lord Chief Justice commented that 'if one wanted to have anyone mitigating on one’s behalf, one could do no better than instructing Anthony'. Anthony handles cases in the magistrates’ and crown courts and in the Court of Appeal. He has obtained absolute discharges for, amongst other offences, dangerous driving and wasting police time including a case of a serving police officer abusing his position and false reports of rape.
Anthony advises on a wide-range of licencing matters, ranging from hotels of all sizes, large high-end restaurants and bars to challenging the revocation of licences for small-business and stall owners. Anthony acted pro-bono for the Hackney Empire in licensing matters, with the fee going towards the costs of the theatre’s renovation.
Anthony provides expert assistance to those who face regulatory proceedings with particular experience in assisting solicitors who face SRA proceedings. He advises a wide range of solicitors so as to avoid criminal proceedings.
Anthony acts as an expert witness in matters involving police station advice and the professional conduct of solicitors.
Accreditations: Duty Solicitor, VHCC panel member and Higher Rights Advocate (crime).
Panel Memberships: He is a member of the Council of Justice, of the Editorial Board of Criminal Law Review and Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Law Commission’s Advisory Panel on Criminal Law and a visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London.
Awards: Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2008
Publications: Anthony is author of a number of leading hand-books in the field of criminal law, including:
- Advising a Suspect in the Police Station (Sweet & Maxwell)
- Blackstone’s Criminal Practice 2013 (contributor) (Oxford University Press)
- Blackstone’s Magistrates Court Handbook (Oxford University Press)
- Blackstone’s Youth Court Handbook (Consultant Editor) (Oxford University Press)
- Sentencing Handbook – Second Edition (Law Society) (with Joanne Savage)
- Criminal Defence: A Guide to Good Practice (Law Society) (with Roger Ede)
- Fixed Fees in the Criminal Courts (Law Society)
Anthony is a former member of the Sentencing (Guidelines) Council, Criminal Justice Consultative Council and for 7 years of the Legal Services Commission (now the Legal Aid Authority). He spent 11 years on the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, leading on issues of disclosure and police station advice. Anthony continues to hold the following appointments:
- Visiting Professor – Queen Mary, University of London
- The Editorial Boards of Criminal Law Review and Blackstones’ criminal practice
- Member of the Law Commission’s Advisory Panel on Criminal Law
- Member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
Training: Anthony is one of the country’s leading criminal law trainers. He was responsible for developing the criminal law update to keep the profession advised of the continuing changes in criminal law. He lectures all over the country for TMT training and for many local law societies and individual firms. Anthony’s training programmes are recognised for their excellent quality and attract CPD (continuing professional development) points for attendees. He is a leading specialist on criminal law costs.
Anthony Edwards is held in high regard by peers and is characterised as "an extremely polished, experienced and skilled criminal solicitor". Sources highlight him for quality of client care and his effective judgement in criminal proceedings. - Chambers UK Guide 2016 Edition
Great help and support.
SFO v DK: Representing the former CEO of a multi-national company accused of corruption. (Southwark CC)
R v EB: Representing a defendant in a multi-handed allegation of a “land-banking” fraud with incurred losses of over £10 million. (Central Criminal Court)
R v MK Confiscation proceedings following a VAT fraud (Central Criminal Court)
R v XX: Defending a suspected PKK member during proceedings at the Central Criminal Court.
R v LO Confiscation proceedings following a major horseracing fraud (Hove Crown Court);
R v KE: A multi-handed charity fraud (Southwark Crown Court)
R v SL: local authority corruption (Southampton Crown Court)
R v MR: education benefit fraud(Bournemouth Crown Court)
R v MM: acting for the chief executive of one of the world’s largest drug importation/ exportation businesses (Woolwich Crown Court)
R v CS Insider at Heathrow airport importing drugs( Kingston Crown Court)