Business Crime & Financial Services
Lewis has been involved in a number of cases involving large scale financial investigations representing individuals or companies. He is currently instructed as junior prosecution counsel for an international corporation in a private prosecution for a multi-million-pound counterfeiting fraud across a number of jurisdictions. He was instructed as one of a number of disclosure juniors in R v Scourfield, Mills and others, the high-profile HBOS fraud. He has acted as disclosure counsel in a private prosecution for fraud committed across multiple jurisdictions in the UK and Middle East, and a private prosecution regarding a casino ‘loan to own’ scheme.
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.