Lewis MacDonald

Lewis MacDonald

"He is stronger than his years: very thorough, never misses a thing, and great on paper. An up-and-coming star."

ChambersUk 2024
Year of call: 2014
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Lewis is ranked as a leading practitioner across his main practice areas in both of the main directories: In fraud and financial crime, private prosecutions, and professional discipline. He has quickly developed a reputation as a very bright junior with a calm court room manner, and is frequently instructed in document heavy cases raising complex issues of fact and law.

In the criminal sphere, Lewis acts for the prosecution and defence across the spectrum of serious criminal offences, from violence and terrorism to large scale fraud. His practice increasingly focuses on white collar, business crime, consumer offences, and asset forfeiture. Lewis is known as a go-to junior for private prosecutions, and has been instructed in a number of significant fraud cases for and against the private prosecutor.

In regulatory cases, Lewis has extensive experience appearing before a number of regulators, often in complex or high-profile cases. He most commonly acts for solicitors, accountants, sports, and medical professionals. He has acted in complex Article 2 inquests and both statutory and non-statutory Inquiries.

Lewis also applies his fraud experience in cases before the tax tribunal, most commonly in MTIC denials, penalties, and Border Force cases.

Lewis accepts Direct Access instructions.

What others say:

“He is outstanding and super bright.” “Lewis’s written arguments are very impressive. He is a very down-to-earth, very bright barrister.” and “Lewis is very hard-working, very bright and thinks outside the box.” – Chambers UK 2024 (Financial Crime: Pte Prosecutions)

“He has an impressive grasp of detail and produces careful advice. He quickly obtains the confidence of clients in a difficult situation.” and “He is stronger than his years: very thorough, never misses a thing, and great on paper. An up-and-coming star.” – Chambers Uk 2024 (Professional Discipline)

“Lewis is excellent at considering the details of a voluminous case and being able to spot a complex legal argument which many others may not have seen. His preparation and understanding of a case is outstanding and he is a very intellectual barrister. This is coupled with good court presence and ability to communicate well with lay clients.” – Legal 500 UK 2024 (Fraud)

“Mr MacDonald has strong advocacy skills, excellent legal knowledge and a thorough understanding of the law. He has impeccable preparation and communication skills.” “He is extremely strong technically and brilliant with the client.” “Lewis is very practical in his solutions. He is a go-to barrister.” and “He is a supremely able junior.” – Chambers UK 2023 (Prof Disc)

“Extremely thorough and hard-working. In short, excellent at all aspects of handling case material.” – Legal 500 UK 2023 (Prof Disc)

“Lewis is an outstanding junior barrister. His strength is his ability to apply his intelligence and legal knowledge in a practical and strategic way.” – Legal 500 UK 2023 (Fraud: Crime)

“A very hard-working junior with a great eye for detail. He is a pleasure to work with.” – Chambers UK 2022 (Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions)

RISING STAR Legal 500 UK 2022

“Very articulate with excellent drafting skills, Lewis is very approachable even with clients and delivers high quality professional work. Overall, he is a talented and hardworking barrister.” – Legal 500 UK 2022 (Professional Discipline)

“Lewis is a fantastic junior.” – Legal 500 UK 2022 (Fraud)

RISING STAR Legal 500 UK 2021

“Easy to work with, well-prepared and a good advocate, he is a very talented and hardworking junior barrister.” – Legal 500 UK 2021 (Professional Discipline)

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