Lewis has conducted and defended private prosecutions for companies and individuals, both acting alone and led, and is a highly regarded junior in this area. He has acted in cases from start to finish, both in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court, and is well placed to advise on prospects, the investigatory process, the drafting and issuing of summons, disclosure, and costs. He has acted in a number of cases involving evidence from multiple jurisdictions.
Lewis also defends individuals and corporations facing private prosecutions. He has recently secured dismissals of private prosecutions against a
He has successfully resisted abuse of process arguments and applications to dismiss, and has experience drafting representations to the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether to take over a private prosecution.
Lewis regularly acts in private prosecutions for quangos and quasi-public bodies. He is often instructed by Royal Mail in prosecutions which attract press interest. He has also acted for the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner.
Current and recent work:
Supreme v Michele Di Pierro and others
Junior counsel for private prosecutor in highly publicized prosecution of two Italian nationals and English company engaged in sophisticated counterfeiting fraud committed in UK, Europe, and China. All defendants convicted and sentenced to total of 11 years imprisonment and £7.5 million fine.
Private Prosecutor v Bank
Junior counsel for defendant foreign bank accused with fraud by unlawful retention of customers’ funds. All charges dismissed and wasted costs awarded against the private prosecutor, after application to dismiss and abuse of process argument.
Private Prosecutor v A Ltd
Sole counsel for defendant, high profile political organisation, charged with Companies Act offences. Court dismissed summonses and awarded wasted costs after contested hearing.
Private Prosecutor v B
Ongoing proceedings acting as junior counsel for high-net-worth individual prosecuting company director who misappropriated funds and drove company into liquidation.
Private Prosecutor v C
Defending individual charged with fraud offences in neighbor dispute involving negligent building work. After considering representations drafted by Lewis, the DPP took over and discontinued the prosecution.