Luke Ponte > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings
3 RAYMOND BUILDINGS, GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5BH
England

Position

Luke prosecutes and defends in the most serious and complex criminal cases. He is a grade 4 prosecutor for the CPS and on the specialist prosecution panels for serious crime, fraud and the proceeds of crime.

 

He is a highly effective trial advocate, whether alone or as a leading (or led) junior. He was sole prosecution counsel in the successful prosecution of Arthur Collins, who threw acid in a crowded nightclub causing serious injury to 16 victims. He is used to the particular pressures of acting in high-profile trials, such as: Stephen Port (Grindr serial killer); Constance Briscoe (barrister accused of perverting the course of justice); James Warnock (cold case 1982 murder and rape); LulzSec (notorious computer hackers).

 

He has particular expertise in financial crime (including bribery and corruption) fraud and the proceeds of crime. He was junior counsel for the first defendant in the Euribor fraud proceedings.

 

He is recognized as a leading advocate in the field of cybercrime, having been instructed in a series of hacking/dark web trials, and is familiar with the challenges of presenting complex computer evidence at trial.

 

He has very considerable experience representing police officers and other professionals, both in disciplinary proceedings and in Inquests.

Career

 Call  2003

CPS level 4 prosecutor
CPS specialist panellist for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime
RASSO panellist

Education

London School of Economics (History); Harvard University (Special Student Programme, Bar Vocational Course, Everard van Heyden Foundation Prize).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Luke PonteThree Raymond Buildings

The ‘outstanding‘ and ‘top‘ set at Three Raymond Buildings is ‘one of the first ports of call for serious fraud‘ for both defence and prosecution work, including in key areas such as MTIC fraud, tax fraud, and related areas such as embezzlement and corruption. Recent notable work includes Luke Ponte acting for the defendant in a four-month trial alleging the laundering £7m of proceeds of an investment fraud, claimed to have been committed by a financial advisor and solicitor.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Luke PonteThree Raymond BuildingsLuke is an elegant trial advocate who judges trust and juries want to listen to. Luke has an easy going manner which hides his steel. His industry, combined with lethal intellect makes him a number one choice for heavy weight cases. A joy to work with.

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Luke PonteThree Raymond BuildingsAs well as an engaging advocate, he will always be three or four steps ahead of his opponent and, most likely, the court.

Three Raymond Buildings ‘has an unassailable lead in defending police officers in police misconduct hearings‘. The set also undertakes the full gamut of police law civil work as well, including for the IOPC and forces, on top of the set’s long track record of representing rank and file officers through the Police Federation’s preferred firms of solicitors. Hugh Davies OBE QC is representing two central command officers in relation in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry. In another matter, Luke Ponte represented a Hampshire Police detective inspector, the most senior of a number of officers in the Hampshire Serious and Organised Crime Unit alleged of running a unit with a homophobic, racist and sexist culture. Clair Dobbin QC and William Emlyn Jones QC were elevated to silk in March 2021.