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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Criminal Defence

Lewis is experienced defending in the Crown Court in cases of serious violence, sexual offences, fraud and property offences, and supplying prohibited drugs. His recent cases acting alone include joint enterprise attacks with knives and a samurai sword, firearms cases, a six-figure fraud by abuse of position, and large-scale drug conspiracys involving kilogram quantities of Class A drugs. He is often instructed as junior counsel in frauds requiring a keen analysis of the law and evidence. He successfully defended in what is thought to be the first prosecution under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, at the Central Criminal Court. He also has extensive experience acting privately in the Magistrates’ Courts.

Lewis is also experienced advising on and conducting appeals to the Crown Court, Divisional Court, and Court of Appeal.

Lewis has also acted in extradition cases and is familiar with the Extradition Act 2003 and the associated case law.

Current and recent work:

R v A

Represented defendant accused of fraud by abuse of position by taking money as executor of his sister’s will, whilst carer for her children.

R v B

POCA proceedings at Central Criminal Court with prosecution benefit figure of £13million. Client avoided finding of hidden assets.

R v C

19-year-old with no previous convictions accused of knife-point robberies on successive nights. CCTV evidence, evidence from both complainants, and defendant arrested at scene in possession of a knife. Acquitted of all charges after a full trial.

R v D

Represented client accused of possession of kilogram quantities of cannabis, in case with over 10,000 pages of evidence. Lewis’ cross-examination of officers involved in the police search exposed irregularities which resulted in key evidence against Lewis’ client being excluded.

R v E

Teenager accused of joint enterprise stabbing acquitted of principle offence after full trial, received non-custodial sentence for lesser offence.

R v F

Successful application to dismiss in case involving child sex offences against 2-year-old arising out of client’s own admissions to police and social services. Successful application led to prosecution offering no evidence on remaining charges.

R v G

Defended client at the Central Criminal Court who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud against very elderly victims, a case that was reported in the mainstream London media. Representations resulted in sentence on lower category in the guidelines than that suggested by the prosecution.

R v H

Led junior representing client who was alleged to have defrauded the Metropolitan Police of 6-figure-sum whilst employed by them.

R v I

Acted privately in Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings where the prosecution originally assessed benefit and available amount as over £1 million. Negotiated outcome for under £200,000.

R v J

Acted for defendant who was a teacher and ex-police officer, accused of threatening someone with a knife. Acquitted after full trial.

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