Peter Lownds

Peter Lownds

"He is an exceptionally talented barrister. Incredibly thorough in relation to paper heavy cases. Outstanding written work. Very prompt in responding to correspondence. An advocate of the highest calibre able to easily adapt to the demands of differing cases. Excellent with clients. First choice counsel in London and the surrounding areas."

Legal 500 UK 2021
Year of call: 1998
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Peter Lownds is a specialist in complex criminal and disciplinary cases.

He has a leading junior criminal defence practice that involves large scale and high profile fraud and organised crime.

Peter is listed as a leading junior in both Criminal Law and Financial Crime by Chambers UK, and as a leading junior in Crime by The Legal 500. Recent praise for him includes:

 “Very studious and a man whom juries trust.” “A very knowledgable and experienced junior” who is “hard-working and diligent in case preparation.” – Chambers UK 2021

“A superb junior – thorough and astute.” “He’s very knowledgeable and experienced.” – Chambers UK 2021

“An excellent barrister who is both erudite and eloquent, and who exercises great tactical judgement. He is adept at handling tricky clients in a robust but sensitive way.” and “As a man of few but well-chosen words, he has gravitas.” – Chambers UK 2020

“Peter has a fantastic eye for detail, especially when dealing with large paper caseloads.” and “An excellent trial advocate who does detailed case preparation and is excellent with clients.” – Chambers and Partners 2020

“He exudes quiet authority.” – Legal 500 2020

“Very good at detailed financial crime cases and brilliant with clients.” – Chambers and Partners 2019

“He is very, very astute and tactically savvy.” – Chambers and Partners 2019

“Even with impossible cases and nightmare lay clients, he is effective with limited tools.” – Legal 500, 2019

“Excellent in and out of court, with a very practical approach and great client care skills” – Legal 500, 2017

“He is very thorough and has a good strategic eye in fraud cases.” Legal 500, 2017

“An exceptional advocate”. Senior member of the judiciary

His criminal trials over the last year have included acting for a man alleged to be involved in a substantial Greater London based heroin conspiracy, a company owner accused of attempting to murder his wife and a businessman charged with involvement in a City based pay-day loan investment conspiracy. His other recent notable cases include defending a young man with learning difficulties accused of manslaughter and a teenager alleged to be plotting to make a terrorist bomb. Imminent trials include representing a company director accused of being involved in an alleged long-running “cash for crash” insurance fraud, and defending a young women accused of participation in a substantial solar power product fraud.

Peter is frequently also instructed in disciplinary and regulatory proceedings. The experience he gained from previously working as a clinical negligence solicitor, and as a legal adviser to a leading teaching trade union, has equipped him with sensitive client care skills and invaluable insight into the problems experienced by professionals.

He presents cases against optical professionals, teachers and for NHS England. His defence practice embraces representing doctors, dentists, teachers and police officers. Peter’s criminal defence experience means that he has particular expertise in defending cases concerning allegations of dishonesty and sexual misconduct.

He is also regularly instructed to represent interested parties at inquests. His recent cases include representing doctors at inquests concerning the deaths of a sectioned patient and a young teenager who killed herself.

Peter accepts Direct Access instructions.

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