Peter Lownds

Peter Lownds

"Excellent in and out of court, with a very practical approach and great client care skills."

Legal 500 2017
Year of call: 1998
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Criminal Defence

Peter has acted in a number of high-profile terrorism cases. These include R v G; R v J [2009] UKHL 13 and an extremely high profile and complex case concerning incitement to murder over the internet by the media wing of al-Qaeda in Iraq. In 2015 he represented a teenager accused of grooming a vulnerable fellow college student to construct a pipe bomb for use in a planned terrorist incident.

He is regularly instructed on substantial cases concerning the commercial importation or supply of drugs. In 2016 he acted for a woman at trial charged with involvement in a major a nationwide opium supply conspiracy. In 2017 he successfully appealed the sentence of the pilot of an aircraft involved in major conspiracy to import cocaine and also represented a garage owner at trial charged with involvement in a conspiracy to import and supply 200 kilos of cocaine via Tilbury docks. Earlier in 2018 he acted for a man accused of drug-related money laundering in a case founded upon the evidence of a supergrass. In early 2019 he is instructed to represent a client in a very substantial heroin and cocaine supply conspiracy.

He is also often instructed on cases involving homicide or very serious non-fatal violence. In 2016 he acted for a young man with learning difficulties accused of the manslaughter of a pizza delivery driver during a robbery. Other recent cases include representing a client accused of involvement in a gang related conspiracy to murder and acting for a cleaner charged in regard to a very serious stabbing incident in a Mayfair art gallery.

He has conducted many trials involving allegations of rape and serious sexual offending. In 2017 he acted at trial for a man charged with historical rapes following the Peterborough grooming investigation and also represented a man accused by four complainants of historical rapes. Earlier in 2018 he represented 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.

He has appeared in many of the major trials concerning political protest. He was counsel in a major blackmail case involving the targeting of Huntingdon Life Sciences. He also acted as junior counsel for a man accused of conducting an animal rights motivated bombing campaign against Oxford University.

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 also recently represented a juror accused of conducting internet research.

Notable previous cases

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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 very serious stabbing incident in a Mayfair art gallery

R v R (Sheffield CC)

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

2014

R v E (Central Criminal Court)

Representing man accused of murdering his 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.

2013

R v M (Kingston CC)

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

Earlier

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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