Peter Lownds

Peter Lownds

"Peter has a fantastic eye for detail, especially when dealing with large paper caseloads." "His written work is excellent, and his response time is incredibly prompt. He is great with clients regardless of their backgrounds."

Chambers UK 2022
Year of call: 1998
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Criminal Defence


Peter has defended in Islamic terrorism cases. These include the House of Lords case of R v G; R v J [2009] UKHL 13 and a very high profile case concerning al-Qaeda’s internet media operation. He recently represented a teenager accused of grooming a vulnerable fellow college student to construct a pipe bomb for use in a planned terrorist incident. He also acted as junior counsel for a man accused of conducting an animal-rights-motivated bombing campaign against Oxford University.

Drugs supply

He is frequently instructed on behalf of people accused of being concerned in the commercial importation or supply of class A drugs. He has considerable experience in pursuing disclosure disputes and in presenting abuse-of-process applications. He is also skilled at challenging the prosecution’s interpretation of telephone evidence.  Notable cases include successfully acting for a woman charged with involvement in a major nationwide opium supply conspiracy and successfully appealing the sentence of the pilot of an aircraft used to import cocaine from mainland Europe.  His most recent cases have involved representing a retired magistrate accused of drug-related money laundering, in a case founded upon the evidence of a supergrass, and acting for a man accused of being the right-hand man to the leader of a major Luton/Greater London heroin conspiracy.

Homicide and serious non-fatal violence

He has considerable experience in representing clients accused of homicide or very serious non-fatal violence.  He has dealt with many cases involving an alleged gang or organised crime background. Recent cases include representing a young man with learning difficulties accused of the manslaughter of a delivery driver and acting for a man accused of being involved in a near fatal shooting incident at a camp site.

Rape and other sexual offending

He has conducted many trials involving allegations of rape and serious sexual offending. Recent cases include defending a man charged with historical rapes related to a major grooming investigation and representing a mental health carer alleged to have sexually abused a women lacking the capacity to consent. His past rape cases include obtaining an acquittal for an actor who appeared in the film War Horse.

Contempt of court and perverting the course of justice

He has a niche interest in cases involving allegations of contempt of court or perverting the course of justice. He acted for a man who published a recent image of one of the men responsible for the murder of Jamie Bulger. He has also represented a juror who conducted internet research.

Notable Previous Cases:


R v K (Kingston CC)

Acting for a man alleged to have a played a major role in a Luton/Greater London heroin conspiracy.


R v B (Teesside CC)

Acting for a retired magistrate accused of drugs-related money laundering in a case involving evidence from a Supergrass.

R v H (Northampton CC)

Representing a man alleged to be involved in a near fatal shooting incident at a camp site.

R v R (Cambridge CC)

Acting for a mental health care worker alleged to have sexually abused a women lacking the capacity to consent. The case involved the questioning of two witnesses with severe learning difficulties.

R v R (Croydon CC)

Representing a man facing historical sexual assault allegations from five complainants


R v W (Court of Appeal)

The successful appeal of the 19 year prison sentence of the ‘cocaine pilot’. Andrew Wright had previously pleaded guilty in 2016 to conspiracy to import £33.5m of cocaine in his light vessel plane

R v K (Blackfriars CC)

Represented a garage owner at trial charged with involvement in a conspiracy to import and supply 200 kilos of cocaine via Tilbury docks.

R v H (Northampton CC)

Acted for a man facing historical rape allegations from four complainants


R v L (Kingston CC)

Large multi-handed £1M opium conspiracy. Represented second defendant and partner of leading conspirator.

R v L (Peterborough CC)

Represented a man with learning difficulties charged with manslaughter involving robbery on pizza delivery driver


R v I (Central Criminal Court)

Representing a teenager accused of grooming a vulnerable fellow college student to buy ingredients for a pipe bomb to be used in a terrorist attack.

R v S (Southwark CC)

Acting for a cleaner charged in regard to a near fatal stabbing incident in a Mayfair art gallery

R v R (Sheffield CC)

Represented the owner of a metals company facing charges of drug related money laundering and attempting to pervert the course of justice.


R v E (Central Criminal Court)

Representing man accused of murdering a friend following an argument

R v F (Sheffield CC)

Representing man accused of conspiring to hire a hitman to murder a business rival in Pakistan.


R v M (Kingston CC)

Acted for a client accused of involvement in a very high profile armed robbery at Selfridges in which a group of men disguised in burkas stole over £1 million of very high value watches.


R v R (Birmingham CC)

Acted for the first defendant in the gang orientated double murder case concerning the killing of John and Joan Stirland by Colin Gunn and his associates.

R v D (Central Criminal Court)

Acted for the first defendant of twenty six in the largest and most complex cannabis production case ever tried in the UK.

R v G (Birmingham CC)

Acted for a pilot charged with gross negligence manslaughter in regard to an incident in which a man was killed as a result of an injury sustained when a gyrocopter was seeking to take-off from Long Marsden Airfield.

R v B (Oxford CC)

Acted for the defendant in a case concerning a bombing campaign in opposition to Oxford University’s animal experimentation laboratory.

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