Lewis MacDonald

Lewis MacDonald

"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
Year of call: 2014
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Lewis has been involved in a number of cases involving large scale financial investigations representing individuals or companies, both for the prosecution and defence. His recent instructions include acting as junior counsel for a Lebanese bank prosecuted for fraud, counsel alone for a high-profile political organisation prosecuted for Companies Act offences, counsel alone for a US currency exchange faced with an account forfeiture order, and led for an international corporation prosecuting a counterfeiting fraud.

Lewis regularly acts for both sides in asset forfeiture. He acts for both the authorities and individuals and corporations faced with cash or account forfeiture. His recent cases include the recovery of €52,000 carried by three diamond dealers following a contested hearing, in which his clients were unusually awarded their legal costs against the police. He currently acts in a number of account freezing order proceedings involving very substantial six-figure sums.

Lewis has particular experience and interest in advising legal and other professionals on their money laundering due diligence obligations arising under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Money Laundering Regulations 2007. He is able to advise individuals and businesses on their obligations in relation to money laundering, bribery, and customer due diligence. He has advised and acted for individuals and companies facing both criminal and regulatory proceedings.

In the civil sphere, Lewis has expertise in cases where sanctions have been imposed by the UK government. He assisted for a number of years as part of the team for HM Treasury in Bank Mellat v HM Treasury, an extremely high value claim arising out of the Iran nuclear sanctions regime which has been in the higher courts a number of times, including the Supreme Court.

Lewis has also regularly advised in civil proceedings arising out of criminal and regulatory cases. He gave long running and extensive advice in a civil fraud raising a number of issues with regard to use of material obtained in criminal proceedings, which eventually resulted in the client successfully extricating themselves from the civil case. He has often advised commercial clients faced with witness summons for the disclosure of sensitive information, especially in criminal proceedings.

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