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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 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 has acted for and against at least 20 overseas governments. For more information go to www.3rblaw.com

Professional Memberships

Called 1987. Recorder of the Crown Court 2000. QC 2002. 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


BSc(Hons) Diploma in Law.