Lewis Power QC
Lewis Power QC is a prominent international criminal barrister who is based predominantly in London. He is known for his handling of complex international cases. Sources have commended his ability to manage and reassure clients in highly sensitive proceedings. The wide spectrum of his expertise ranges from cases of the most serious criminal nature such as murder, war crimes, modern slavery and international fraud, to representing high profile sports personalities and regulatory cases. Notably he appeared in the London bombings cases involving Al-Qaeda, was leading counsel in the private prosecution case against the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnston and has represented the World Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury.
Lewis has been on the International Bar Association’s War Crimes Committee and was appointed as a lead counsel to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon said to constitute in effect the world’s first international terrorism court. He has moderated recently at the Peace Palace at The Hague and brought together, amongst others, eminent Irish military experts in respect of legal challenges to modern warfare chairing the session on ‘Peacekeepers’ Responsibilities and Liabilities in Conflict Zones’.
He continues to advise on an international platform on matters of human rights and justice and is a miner of both the English and Wales Bar and the Bar Library in Northern Ireland.
He has been published many times in respect of matters concerning International Law
What, for you, is the importance of our global diaspora and how do you contribute to its success?
Although I have left Belfast, Belfast has never left me. Ireland is the most westerly landmass of Europe, situated between the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The next piece of land that one reaches is the USA, 3000 miles away. Ireland for centuries has provided a beacon to light for other emerging nations. The concept of hope has emanated throughout the world from the nation of ‘Saints and Scholars’. Faced with bouts of extreme poverty and famine over centuries, the Irish people were one of the first to see America as a new land of opportunity and the Irish to this very day have been seen to among the greatest contributors to the American economic engine. Likewise, in many other countries across the world, the Irish are by their very nature, intelligent, hard-working and ambitious individuals, often risk takers with an entrepreneurial spirit who give freely of themselves for the better good of a given nation. This is something we as Irish people and those with Irish heritage can feel proud of and I myself never cease to promote those from my nation in giving them an opportunity to prove themselves and add to the legacy of skill, intelligence and hard work for which we are internationally known.
Tell us how you connect to Belfast:
I was born in Belfast in 1965, one of five boys to Gerry and Rose Noel Power. My father was an architect and my mother a midwife. We initially lived on the Cliftonville Road and moved later to South Belfast. I started my education at Pim Street, Christian Brothers School and went to both RBAI and later to St Patrick’s Grammar School in Knock now Our Lady and St Patrick’s Grammar School).
You know you’ve got Belfast heritage when…:
You catch yourself on