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James Lewis QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 3 departments
Ranked in : CrimeExtraditionFinancial Crime
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Crime - London (Bar)

Band 4

James Lewis QC
Strengths: "He can be relied on to cut through to the issues in a case and uses all of his best efforts and endeavours to represent his client."
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Extradition - London (Bar)

Band 1

James Lewis QC
James Lewis QC is a silk with in-depth experience of the most complex and challenging extradition cases, who has particular experience of extradition requests stemming from US legislation. He frequently appears in the Supreme Court, acting for both defendants and the government.
Strengths: "A great strategist who has a huge amount of experience in international matters. He is a fearless and powerful advocate to have in your corner."
Recent work: Instructed by the CPS with regard to an extradition request from the US for Julian Assange, the editor, publisher and activist who founded WikiLeaks.
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Financial Crime - London (Bar)

Band 1

James Lewis QC
James Lewis QC is relied upon by an impressive client base, including the SFO. He has experience advising on potentially criminal conduct such as rate manipulation. Lewis also attracts briefs relating to bribery and corruption, and has a record of defending private prosecutions. Recognised for his great knowledge of both civil and criminal fraud, he offers significant experience in multi-jurisdictional cases.
Strengths: "A very well-respected leading silk." "He is fantastically experienced and he also has a very good sense of the civil side of cases too." "A terrific barrister who is intellectually superb."
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James Lewis is a rare specialist in both civil and criminal cases. This is demonstrated by the stellar array of leading cases in which he has appeared and shows that his experience and judgment is highly sought after. Vastly experienced in criminal, civil and commercial fraud, extradition, regulatory work, contempt, public international law and judicial review matters. He appears frequently at first instance, in the Court of Appeal and in the Privy Council and the Supreme Court as well as other foreign jurisdictions being additionally called ad hoc to the bars of The Bahamas, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Cayman Islands, Brunei, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ireland. Often used as an experienced litigation strategist and advocate who can advise and represent companies and individuals in respect of commercial, regulatory and criminal issues, particularly those with an international dimension. He excels in complex and difficult cases and was described by a judge as a Rolls Royce advocate. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in matters of mutual assistance, extradition and commercial fraud, which encompasses international cooperation concerning search and seizure of documents, letters of request, warrants and other international treaty matters; and sanctions work. He is a leading expert on unexplained wealth orders and asset freezing orders. He has acted for and against at least 20 overseas governments and given expert evidence on English law in many cases. For more information go to www.3rblaw.com

Recent work: Successfully persuaded the Privy Council to uphold the decision of the Court of Appeal of The Bahamas in Knowles and others v The Superintendent of Her Majesty’s Fox Hill Prison and others despite error. In its judgment, the Board articulated that “these reasons differ from those given by the Court of Appeal but the Board has had the benefit of more wide-ranging arguments presented by Mr James Lewis QC for the respondents.”

Professional Memberships

Called 1987. Recorder of the Crown Court 2000. QC 2002. Elected to the bench as Master of Gray’s Inn 2008. Deputy High Court Judge assigned to the Administrative Court 2013. Appointed to the SFO Prosecution List 2013. Election Commissioner (High Court Appointment) 2017.

Appointed Chief Justice of the Falkland Islands 2018.

Appointed Chief Justice of the British Indian Ocean Territory 2018.

Appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 2018 .

Appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of the British Antarctic Territory 2018

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BSc(Hons) Diploma in Law.

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