Dominic Lewis



A first-rate junior, as well as an accomplished advocate in his own right, at 18 years’ call Dominic has significant experience of both prosecuting and defending at the highest level. He has been at 5 Paper Buildings for his entire career so far, and plans to stay there.

In recent years, Dominic’s practice has primarily focused on prosecuting and defending in cases of serious fraud, including acting on the prosecution side in SFO and FCA cases. Between 2015 and 2019, he acted as junior counsel for the SFO in a series of trials concerning manipulation of US$ Libor and EURIBOR at Barclays and Deutsche Bank.

Dominic also has considerable experience of defending those accused of the most serious sexual offences, including in particular historical allegations. He has been fully trained in handling vulnerable witnesses, and his temperate and courteous style can act as a helpful contrast to the heat and noise that can be generated by such cases. His strengths include the provision of always realistic advice, and the delivery of closing speeches that balance logic and emotion to powerful effect.

His practice also encompasses serious driving offences such as causing death by careless driving, cases in which his meticulous approach to preparation and calm manner are significant assets.

Dominic is regularly instructed in an advisory capacity by government agencies, police forces and private individuals in relation to police powers, including for example special procedure search warrants, pre-charge bail and the proper scope of LPP.

In 2010, Dominic was appointed to the panel of Special Advocates. This role involves acting on behalf of individuals in cases that may involve sensitive disclosure issues or matters of national security. Since 2015 he has regularly appeared in SIAC, the High Court and the Court of Appeal in such cases, generally those with an immigration focus. He also appears on the AG’s list of barristers authorised to act as independent disclosure counsel in criminal proceedings.

Dominic is qualified to offer advice and representation on a public access basis, meaning that he can be instructed directly by private individuals.

His practice comprises the following areas: 

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Criminal Defence

Criminal Prosecution

Consumer law (prosecuting and defending)

Appellate work

Road Traffic offences

Proceeds of Crime

Pro bono work

Public access

Notable Cases