Paul Lewis

He has a national reputation as a top criminal silk.

The Legal 500 2016

Paul Lewis QC

  • Called in 1981
  • Silk in 2001

Paul Lewis QC practises nationally, with particular emphasis on Wales, the Midlands and London. He both prosecutes and defends. He is regularly recommended in both “Chambers UK” and in “The Legal 500”.

Paul  has appeared in over 100 homicide cases and in many major frauds. His practice also includes serious sexual offences, sports law and Health and Safety work. He recently successfully prosecuted a corporate manslaughter case in Liverpool Crown Court.

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He has appeared in some of the most complex and noteworthy cases of recent years – e.g. R v Beckford & Others (Birmingham Crown Court) where he obtained the complete acquittal of the principal defendant, who was charged the three counts of murder arising from events occurring during the Birmingham riots.

He has special expertise in cases involving the homicide of children. He has defended and prosecuted in many such high-profile cases, including:

  • R v Lewis & Lloyd (Swansea Crown Court – the “Aaron Gilbert” case)
  • R v Riches (Norwich Crown Court – the killing of a child more that 20 years earlier)
  • R v Abu-Hamza (Birmingham Crown Court – the “Khyra Ishak” starvation case)
  • R v Joel Smith (Central Criminal Court – the “Toni-Ann Byfield” double murder case)
  • R v Shuttleworth (Birmingham Crown Court – the murder by her mother of a young child)
  • R v Mark Jones (Newport Crown Court – the murder by a grandfather of his six week old grand-daughter)
  • R v SJ (Cardiff Crown Court – alleged attempted murder by a mother of two of her children)

He is presently instructed to prosecute in another case alleging the murder of a child and is also instructed to defend in a forthcoming “terrorism” case, to be tried at the Central Criminal Court.

He has sat as a Recorder of the Crown Court for more than 15 years. He was formerly a Chairman of Bar Disciplinary Tribunals. He is a member of the Bar Council and of its General Management Committee. He is a former member of the Criminal Bar Association executive committee and is a current member of the CBA.

A full CV is available on request.

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Notable Cases

R v Sana Khan - Central Criminal Court
Acting for the Defendant in a terrorism trial.

R v Beckford - Birmingham Crown Court
Led the successful defence of the principal defendant charged with three counts of murder arising from events during the Birmingham Riots.

R v Odukoro & Others - Southwark Crown Court
Led the successful defence of a school finance officer charged with conspiring to defraud the public purse of large sums of school funds.

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R v Duvall & Others - Lewes Crown Court
Acted for the prosecution in the multi-handed trial of a gang who attacked and killed a man on his own doorstep.

R v Lloyd & Lewis - Swansea Crown Court
Acted for the Prosecution in the first case of familial homicide to be tried in Wales - the "Aaron Gilbert" case.

R v Osbourne & Others - Central Criminal Court
Acted for the first defendant in a 5-month trial of a drugs-related contract murder.

R v Joel Smith - Central Criminal Court
Acted for the defendant in the double murder of a father and his young daughter - the "The Toni-Ann Byfield" case.

R v Stewart & Others - Norwich Crown Court
Acted for the Defence in a trial concerning the abduction and murder by fire of a local youth.

R v Morrissey & Others - Birmingham Crown Court
Acted for the defence in the trial of four defendants charged with the armed robbery of a Worcestershire post office/murder of the son of the postmaster/attempted murder of his father.

R v Abu Hamza & Another - Birmingham Crown Court
Acted for the first defendant in the killing by starvation of a 7-year old child - the "Khyra Ishaq" case.

R v Riches - Norwich Crown Court
Acted for the defence in an allegation of historic murder by a father of his child some 25 years earlier.

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If you would like to instruct Paul Lewis QC or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Bencher (Gray’s Inn)
  • Recorder (Crown Court)
  • Leader of the Wales & Chester Circuit
  • Chairman of Police Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Former Chairman of Bar Disciplinary Tribunals

Directory Quotes

Paul Lewis QC is listed as a leading silk for crime in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

Has appeared in over 100 homicide cases, regularly acting on either side of the docket. He is noted for his experience in child murder cases and complex fraud matters.

Strengths: “He’s an extremely competent advocate and very thorough. He’s very good on his feet and he’s got a very sound grasp of the law.”

Recent work: Successfully acted for a defendant charged with murdering a 22 month old child.
Chambers UK 2017

Acts for the defence and the prosecution in homicide cases and complex fraud matters.

Strengths: “He is a very strong advocate, a very good cross-examiner and very thorough in his preparation.”

Recent work: Prosecuted in the case of R v Paul Mapps, where the defendant fatally stabbed a friend.
Chambers UK 2016

‘He has a national reputation as a top criminal silk.’
Legal 500

‘Undertakes prosecution and defence in areas such as homicide and fraud.’
Legal 500

Chambers & Partners 2017 Leading Barrister Legal 500 2016 Leading Individual

Personal Interests

Paul’s interests include sport (particularly rugby,) music and travel.