Nicholas Lewin > Chambers of Deni Mathews > Plymouth, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Deni Mathews
KBG Chambers

Work Department

Criminal Law


With increasing experience with clients with complex mental health issues and intermediary needs, Nick prides himself in putting people first often at the expense of judicial disapproval and with a modest background is able to communicate with even the most demanding and difficult clients.  Nick has also developed a very successful practice in regulatory crime, particularly involving the farming community, and has a deep understanding of POCA proceedings – in the past few years he has resisted several multi-million claims with total benefit assessments in each case in the low tens of thousands.

Nick has also shown a particular flair for analysis of phone and other forensic evidence which has proved extremely useful in the many multi-handed conspiracy cases he has had considerable success in.


Nick has considerable experience in Crown Court cases, having specialised solely in criminal law since being called.  Really since joining the Bar in Plymouth on leaving the Royal Navy in 1995, Nick has been instructed to prosecute and defend many high profile and complex cases along with cases of immense sensitivity, both with respect to the complainants and delicate public interest and policing matters.




•BA (Hons) Durham University – 1982
•Called to the Bar: 1989
•Royal Navy 1980 – 1995 (including First Gulf War)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Nicholas LewinKBG ChambersThis barrister is a fighter. He is intelligent, sharp, and pays great attention to detail. He reads all the stuff no one else does and retains that information. He is good with clients and treats them respect. He actually cares about them. And he cares about how their case is conducted and does what they ask.

In Plymouth, KBG Chambers is a ‘very good set, with strong junior base‘. Ali Rafati is particularly sought after to appear in cases involving serious sexual or violent offending. In recent instructions of note, Rafati defended a man with learning disabilities who has been in formal care arrangement for three decades, and who was prosecuted for engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and breach of a sexual harm prevention order. Also of note, Nicholas Lewin recently appeared in the Court of Appeal on a pro bono basis in R v Sarah Gotham; the defendant had been convicted of sexually assaulting a child and livestreaming the abuse. Following on from his former career in the Royal Navy, Lewin also represents defendants at Court-Martial both at home and abroad.