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, fraud and other criminal conspiracies both as a led junior and 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).
Aneurin (lead by Abbas Lakha QC) recently successfully resisted a Prosecution application to extend Custody Time Limits in a case involving allegations of rape and perverting the course of Justice. In an important first instance decision His Honour Judge Gibson refused a prosecution application to extend the Custody Time Limits (“CTLs”) of a defendant facing charges of rape and perverting the course of justice where his trial could not proceed due to the epidemic. Abbas and Aneurin successfully argued on behalf of the defendant that while the current crisis did amount to a good and sufficient cause to extended the CTLs that nevertheless did not excuse the prosecution’s failures to act with all due diligence and expedition to be trial ready by the due date. The learned judge consequently allowed for the defendant’s release while awaiting his delayed trial date. Please see a note of the learned Judge’s ruling here.
Read more about background and expertise
Counsel alone in ongoing prosecution of arson with intent to endanger life turning on defence of insanity. Southwark Crown Court.
Led by Jennifer Dempster QC in an alleged murder of a 15 year old by a 15 year old defendant. Central Criminal Court.
Aneurin successfully represented a defendant as junior counsel in a conspiracy to murder four month trial before Mr Justice Morris concerning two gang related drive by shootings. Nottingham Crown Court.
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.
Successfully defended a father charged with substantial money laundering offences related to his son's alleged sophisticated tax fraud in a multi-handed five week trial turning on complex financial evidence. Nottingham Crown Court.
See report here
Junior counsel to Abbas Lakha Q.C. in a successful defence to substantial VAT and Income tax avoidance turning on historic VAT regulations. Bradford Crown Court.
Junior counsel to Abbas Lakha Q.C. in a successful defence of substantial money laundering charges. Manchester Crown Court.
Successful defence of charges of a substantial VAT and income tax fraud on the basis of psychiatric evidence.
Instructed counsel on substantial class A drug undercover test purchase operation involving over 30 defendants with a 100% conviction rate. Inner London Crown Court.
Counsel alone partially successfully defending an alleged lieutenant in a large scale multi-handed cocaine supply conspiracy following a six-week trial. Nottingham Crown Court
Junior counsel to Katrina Charles in a successful prosecution of seven defendants charged with a million-pound insurance fraud prosecuted by the City of London Police. Inner London Crown Court. Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Counsel alone successfully defending 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.
Defending alone a defendant charged with possession with intent to supply 31 kilos of high purity cocaine. Snaresbrook Crown Court.
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Appeals & Advisory Practice
Successful appeal against sentence imposed for a sophisticated and substantial banking fraud in which original trial counsel’s grounds were refused leave to appeal.
Aneurin represented the appellant in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). The appeal was against the terms imposed in a Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed following a conviction for possession of indecent images of children seeking to prevent unsupervised contact with children. The appeal has now been conceded by the Prosecution.
Counsel alone in an appeal against a murder conviction on the basis of fresh psychiatric evidence, praised by L.J. Dingemans for his “extremely helpful, cogent and reasoned submissions.”
Junior counsel assisting John King in a referral by the CCRC against a conviction linked to the 7/7 bombings on the basis of a contested confession and following a successful appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
Junior counsel to Abbas Lakha Q.C. in an ongoing appeal against a conviction and sentence for possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives.
Junior counsel to Abbas Lakha Q.C. in an ongoing appeal against sentence for historic child rapes against two sisters.
Junior to Abbas Lakha Q.C. on an appeal against conviction for possession with intent to supply 10 kilos of heroin on the basis of fingerprints on a movable object.
Junior to Abbas Lakha Q.C. on a successful appeal against sentence for high level class A drug dealer following extensive period on the run reducing the sentence from 12 to 10 years’ imprisonment.
Junior counsel to Abbas Lakha Q.C. advising on an appeal against the Criminal Cases Review Commission's refusal to refer the applicants' convictions for the infamous "Rettendon" fatal gang shooting in 1995 to the Court of Appeal.
Successful appeal against sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving reducing the sentence from 3 to 2 years.
Counsel alone in an appeal against sentence imposed for an offence of assault by penetration by a defendant who posed as a doctor.
Advised on prospects of appeals against conviction in 11 separate murder defendants in light of the Supreme Court judgement changing the law on joint enterprise.
Successful appeal against sentence for a series of handbag thefts reducing the sentence from 42 to 16 months.
Advised on civil action against CPS for negligent disclosure of a witness’s caution for child sex offences.
Alone successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal to enlarge the defences to dangerous driving to include self-defence.
Successfully resisted alone an Attorney General’s Reference for an unduly lenient sentence for a series of organized robberies;
Read more Appeals & Advisory Practice
Advised on a private prosecution brought on behalf of Amazon for an alleged million-pound cross jurisdictional fraud by a supplier.
Advised a vintage wine broker on a million-pound fraud they were victim of involving the inflating of purchase prices of vintage wines.
Advised on and conducted private prosecution for alleged fraudulent mismanagement of management trust of a block of flat’s freehold.
Advised on private prosecution against a fraudulent investment advisor by his victims.
Advised on private prosecution against Barclays Bank employees for allegedly fraudulent advice given to a business banking customer.
Advised on private prosecution by an acquitted defendant against a discredited complainant for perjury.
Other Activities and Interests
- Advocacy trainer
PROFILE: Aneurin Brewer
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Financial and Corporate law
020 7489 2727
European Student Debating Champion, 2003
BA (Hons) Philosophy, Bristol University (first class), 2001–04
GDL, City University (Distinction), 2006–07
Inner Temple Major Scholar
CPS Panel (Grade 3)