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Paul Lewis QC

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Practice Areas

Crime - prosecutes and defends regularly in Wales, London and the Midlands, but also nationally. Particular specialisation in homicide and serious fraud. Cases include R-v-Joel Smith (The "Toni Anne Byfield" double murder case); R-v-Osbourne and others (professional "contract killing" of drugs rival); R-v-Riches (historic allegation of murder of baby 30 years earlier); R-v-Stewart and others ("torture murder" by fire of abducted youth); R-v-Morrissey and others (robbery and murder at Worcestershire Post Office); R-v-Abu Hamza (the "Khyra Ishaq" starvation case). Recent cases include R -v- Powell - successful defence of farmer charged with multiple counts of fraud by allegedly interfering with TB tests; R-v-Crooks and others (convictions of five appellants for alleged "gangland murder" quashed by Court of Appeal upon arguments based upon non-disclosure by Prosecution). Successfully represented the acquitted principal defendant in the trial of R-v-Beckford and others (triple murder case arising from Birmingham Riots 2011). Also works in sports law, health and safety and regulatory.


Graduate of Leicester University (LLB) Called 1981; Assistant Recorder 1998; Recorder 2000; QC 2001.

Professional Memberships

Bencher of Gray's Inn. Leader of Wales and Chester Circuit, January 2014 to December 2016. CBA.


Married - two children. Lives in South Wales. Interests include sport, music and travel.