Lewis MacDonald

Lewis MacDonald

"Easy to work with, well-prepared and a good advocate, he is a very talented and hardworking junior barrister."

Legal 500 UK 2021
Year of call: 2014
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Professional Discipline

Lewis appears before a number of regulatory bodies, most often in the legal, medical and sports law context. He appears before the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (GMC), General Dental Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council, and the British Horseracing Authority, most often acting for the regulated professional, although he also has experience acting for the regulator. He has acted in a number of cases involving complex expert medical evidence regarding the causation of patient deaths, and in cases involving allegations of dishonesty and sexual misconduct against patients.

Lewis also represents medical professionals charged with criminal offences. He recently secured the acquittal of a foreign national carer accused of theft, where counter allegations of sexual misconduct were made by his client. He has advised and acted for medical professionals pre-charge, including making representations on pre-charge bail.

Notable Cases:

Lewis is currently instructed as junior counsel for one of the Respondents in the SRA proceedings against Baker McKenzie for sexual harassment by their Managing Partner in 2012, and the Firm’s Response to it. The hearing lasted 5 weeks, the resumption of which was undertaken by video-link during the Covid-19 pandemic. All Respondents deny professional misconduct. Lewis is acting in a number of current SRA cases, and has experience advising both before and after charges have been brought.

Lewis acted for a nurse who’s conduct had been found at the Inquest to have amounted to neglect and caused death. In the regulatory proceedings, Lewis’ cross-examination of expert witnesses revealed flaws in the evidence accepted by the Coroner, resulting in the panel finding no case to answer against his client.

Lewis acted for the NMC in NMC v Carrie-Anne Nash, a case involving two expert witnesses arising out of the death of a 10-year old child. Ms Nash had previously been prosecuted and acquitted for manslaughter, but was struck off the register in the NMC proceedings. Both the criminal and regulatory proceedings received widespread coverage in the mainstream national media.

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