David (Harry) Hewitt

Year of Call: 1991

Harry specialises in prosecuting and defending heavyweight financial crime cases. Harry has an eye for detail and is able to make a jury, judge or tribunal understand complex financial and accounting cases with ease, and it is something he is renowned for at the Bar.

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Overview

Harry specialises in prosecuting and defending heavyweight financial crime cases.  Harry has an eye for detail and in particular in being able to analyse complex accounting material.  Harry is able to make a jury, judge or tribunal understand complex financial and accounting cases with ease, and it is something he is renowned for at the Bar.

Harry is a criminal practitioner who has particular expertise in financial crime.  Harry is often instructed in large and complex frauds, which invariably involve Harry’s skill in technical confiscation and asset recovery proceedings.  Harry is a specialist in relation to financial and business crime. 

Additional information

Direct Public Access

  • Harry accepts Direct Public Access instructions.

Professional Panel Appointments

  • Appointed as a Grade 4 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Advocate.
  • Specialist Grade 4 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Advocate: Fraud, POCA and Serious Crime.
  • Appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Special Advocates.
  • As a Special Advocate Harry is develop vetted and thus able to view the most sensitive material up to and including top-secret.

Professional Memberships

  • Middle Temple.
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • South Eastern Circuit.
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.

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Harry is always at the cutting edge of technology, so that cases are presented in the best possible way to juries and tribunals.  An example of which, was when Harry was leading prosecution counsel in a large international identity fraud investigated by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), now the National Crime Agency (NCA). This case was presented by way of electronic presentation of evidence (EPE) via laptops.  The jury retired to deliberate with laptops loaded only with the exhibits that had been produced and viewed during the trial.

Harry was instructed in a £2m fraud alleged to have been conducted against the MoD in which the defendants are represented by Kingsley Napley Solicitors.

Harry was instructed by BCL Burton Copeland as Junior Counsel in a high profile European Parliament expenses fraud which resulted in his client being found not guilty.