Aneurin Brewer > Chambers of Steven Kay QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Steven Kay QC
9 Bedford Row


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.

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.

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.

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 Adakpor he successfully defended a death by dangerous driving refuting a crash reconstruction 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 soldier charged with escaping lawful custody by effectively challenging the veracity of RMP officers’ testimony; and, successfully defending a soldier in the Crown Court charged with section 18 GBH arising from a street altercation.


Called 2008. Before coming to the Bar Aneurin worked as a speech writer at the foreign ministry of his native Barbados, as a project management consultant for several multilateral aid organisations, including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and as a parliamentary assistant to Chris Huhne M.P.


Inner Temple


Bristol University (2004 BA (Hons) Philosophy 1st); City University (2007 GDL distinction); BPP Law School (2008 BVC very competent).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Aneurin Brewer9 Bedford RowA polished advocate and hard worker. His judgement is sound in difficult tactical situations. An excellent barrister who clearly fights hard for his client.