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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Private Prosecution

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.

He is currently instructed as junior counsel for a well-known fashion company in a private prosecution for a multi-million-pound counterfeiting fraud across a number of jurisdictions, prosecuting foreign national defendants.

Lewis also defends individuals and corporations facing private prosecutions. He has recently secured dismissals of private prosecutions against a foreign bank, and a high-profile political organisation, in both instances with an award of wasted costs against the prosecutor.

He was instructed as disclosure counsel in the private prosecution of a large-scale fraud across multiple jurisdictions including the UK and Middle East, and in a prosecution involving a casino ‘loan-to-own’ fraud.

Lewis 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.

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