Aneurin Brewer

Introduction

Aneurin has developed a well-deserved reputation as a tenacious and conscientious defence advocate with a down to earth demeanour and a talent for winning the confidence and trust of lay 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

In addition to a busy trial practice Aneurin regularly advises on and conducts appeals against conviction and/or sentence on a referral basis with many notable successes including: R v Galvin where he successfully resisted an Attorney General’s reference for an unduly lenient sentence for a series of organized armed robberies of delivery trucks; R v Tandy where, as junior counsel to Abbas Lakha Q.C., they successfully appealed against sentence following a baby shaking conviction and advised on an appeal against conviction on the basis of new scientific evidence; and, R v Jamshed Khan where, as junior counsel to Abbas Lakha Q.C., they successfully appealed against conviction in the case of the 2005 Bradford general election fraud (news story here).

A jury advocate first and foremost Aneurin also thrives on technical legal argument often in the context of road traffic, drink drive and road fatality offences. In R v Miah he successfully appealed a sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and in the leading case of R v Riddle he successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal to enlarge the defences to dangerous driving to include self-defence.

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

Outside of the civilian context Aneurin regularly appears on behalf of service personnel and civilians subject to service discipline in the Court Martial, and service personnel caught up in the civilian courts. Notable cases include: successfully defending a child of service personnel based in Germany charged with sexual offences against another juvenile led by Justin Rouse Q.C.; successfully defending a solider charged with escaping lawful custody by effectively challenging the veracity of RMP officers’ testimony; and, successfully defending a solider in the Crown Court charged with section 18 GBH arising from a street altercation.

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Notable cases

R v EY, 2019

Currently representing defendant charged with VAT and income tax evasion allegedly running to about £400,000 turning on numerous duelling forensic accountant reports as to the appropriate specialist VAT regime and method for estimating the tax. Led by Abbas Lakha QC.

R v TX, 2019

Aneurin successfully defended a mechanic caught up in a complex multi-handed car-ringing conspiracy following a five-week trial turning on expert mechanical evidence. Hove Crown Court.

R v L, 2018

Aneurin successfully defended an alleged lieutenant in a large scale multi-handed cocaine supply conspiracy following a six-week trial turning on detailed surveillance and telephone evidence. Nottingham Crown Court.

R v M-W, 2018

Aneurin successfully defended a youth on appeal from the youth court against charges of witness intimidation and section 18 wounding in an alleged gang stabbing involving cross examination of a vulnerable young complainant to show his account was not truthful. Woolwich Crown Court.

R v M, 2017

Defending an alleged cash and carry owner accused of a complex multimillion pound VAT and alcohol excise duty diversion fraud and alcohol smuggling operation involving a direct cut throat defence led by Abbas Lakha Q.C. Leeds Crown Court.

R v B, 2016

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

See Evening Standard news story.

R v A, 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.

R v L, 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 G

Successfully resisted an attorney general’s reference for an unduly lenient sentence, for a series of organised armed robberies of delivery trucks.

R v T

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 K

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.

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Other Activities and Interests

  • Advocacy trainer
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PROFILE: Aneurin Brewer

Year called

2008

Specialisms

Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

Financial and Corporate law

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Corporate Offences

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VAT Tribunals

Military

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Military

Road Traffic

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Road traffic

Direct access

Yes

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

European Student Debating Champion, 2003

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

GDL, City University (Distinction), 2006–07

Memberships

Inner Temple Major Scholar

Appointments

CPS Panel (Grade 3)

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