Aneurin Brewer


Aneurin has developed a deserved reputation as a tenacious, conscientious defence advocate – with a down-to-earth demeanour, and a talent for winning the trust of clients and juries.

He is a specialist in lengthy, multi-handed and factually complex trials, involving allegation of drugs supply and fraud, both as a led junior and increasingly in his own right.

Background and Expertise

A jury advocate first and foremost, Aneurin also thrives on technical legal argument. As well as his drugs supply and fraud caseload, he often acts in the context of road traffic, drink drive and road fatality offences.

Read more about background and expertise

He has also developed a particular expertise in advising on and conducting private prosecutions and has lectured on this specialist subject.

In addition to his busy trial practice, Aneurin regularly advises on and conducts appeals against conviction and/or sentence, with many notable successes (see case list).

Outside of the civilian context, Aneurin regularly appears in courts martial and on behalf of service personnel in civilian courts.

Notable cases

R v Mayil, 2017
Defending an alleged cash-and-carry owner accused of a complex multi-million-pound VAT and alcohol excise duty diversion fraud and alcohol smuggling operation, involving a direct cut throat defence. Led by Abbas Lakha QC. Leeds Crown Court.
R v Ahmed, 2016

Defending an individual implicated in the wholesale subversion of the student immigration visa system, after investigation by the BBC’s Panorama. Led by Simon Stirling. Southwark Crown Court.

See BBC news story.

Read more Notable cases

R v Bayne, 2016

Defending in a multi-million-pound, multi-handed conspiracy to import cocaine hidden in golf clubs.

See Evening Standard news story.

R v Lee, 2015
Successfully defending in multi-handed trial of an alleged multi-kilogram cocaine importation conspiracy, on the basis of the evidence of an undercover officer requiring extensive public interest immunity (PII) applications. Acted as junior counsel to Martin Helsop QC. Maidstone Crown Court.
R v Galvin
Successfully resisted an attorney general’s reference for an unduly lenient sentence, for a series of organised armed robberies of delivery trucks.
R v Tandy
As junior counsel to Abbas Lakha QC, successfully appealed against sentence following a baby shaking conviction and advised on an appeal against conviction on the basis of new scientific evidence.
R v Jamshed Khan

As junior counsel to Abbas Lakha QC, successfully appealed against conviction in the case of the 2005 Bradford general election fraud.

See BBC news story.

Other Activities and Interests

  • Advocacy trainer
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PROFILE: Aneurin Brewer

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Confiscation / POCA

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Road traffic

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VAT Tribunals

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Financial and Corporate law

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Corporate Offences

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Financial Crime

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European Student Debating Champion, 2003

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Bristol University (first class), 2001–04

GDL, City University (Distinction), 2006–07


Inner Temple Major Scholar

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