Senior Partner & Supervising Solicitor
Gwyn, the lead principal, has built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise over 36 years, since qualifying as a solicitor in 1986.
Gaining his higher rights of audience at the Crown Court in 2000 he has gone on to conduct numerous trials in Magistrates and Crown Courts around the country up to and including successful appearances in the Court of Appeal. He has dealt with a full range of serious criminal cases including gangland murders and multi million pound drug importations together with carrying out successful Court’s Martial appearances on behalf of service personnel throughout Europe.
In the past 25 years he has concentrated on his passion for defending motorists and has come to lead a specialist Road Traffic Unit, drivingoffence.com. He has developed a track record of unrivaled success, ranging from minor speeding, traffic light and mobile phone infringements to the most serious cases of drink driving and death by dangerous driving and careless driving.
Countless motorists have benefited from what Chambers and Partners guide to the legal profession describe as his “resolute and resourceful” approach.
Gwyn’s expertise had led to him being instructed by a number of professional footballers and celebrities and resulted in vast press coverage and in him being dubbed “Merlin the Magician” for his apparent ability to make a number of cases disappear. Gwyn also regularly acts for clients in exceptional hardship application and keeping people on the road having only lost a handful of times in over 30 years and has a success rate of over 99%.
Details of some of the cases and press reports are below:
The case of a sleepwalking drink driver who successfully argued that special reasons existed in order to prevent the normal disqualification as he was asleep at the time. Press report here
Representing an individual who had over 30 points on his licence and saving him from being disqualified under “totting up provisions”, this being the second time within 3 years that he had gained more than 12 points.
Successfully defended a number of voluntary ambulance drivers prosecuted for using blue lights when responding to local emergencies.
Representing a policeman charged with excess alcohol, three and a half times the legal limit following errors in obtaining blood samples at hospital. Found not guilty on the submission of no case to answer.
Representing a student involved in a head on collision whilst over the legal limit and who was acquitted on the basis of a procedural error by the Prosecution.
Representing a former RAF Pilot accused of excess alcohol who was acquitted when the blood sample was not properly dealt with.
Not guilty verdict for a motorcyclist alleged to have been speeding at 63mph in a 30mph area as a result of inadequate signage being present at the scene.
Avoided a custodial sentence for a client charged with dangerous driving in what the Judge described as an “appalling” piece of driving which was captured on a dashcam. press report here.
Successful appearance before the Court of Appeal reducing the sentence of a driver found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, to 18 months from three years.
Successful defence of a charge of causing death by driving without due care and attention by turning right across traffic as a result of the speed of the other driver involved.
Successfully argued that a defendant should not receive a custodial sentence for dangerous driving despite crashing his BMW M4 having been involved in a high speed pursuit by police and suspected of being drunk having failed to provide a specimen. Press report here
Not guilty verdict for a police officer who was on duty, found to be over the legal limit but acquitted due to procedural errors.
Not guilty results for many drivers where notices of intended prosecution under S172 of Road Traffic Act 1988 have not properly been served.
Many cases sucessfully defended involving non compliance with s1 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 particularly during the Covid outbreak
“I had need to call upon the services of Burton Copeland and in particular Gwyn Lewis. I can say that I am more than happy with the thoroughly professional way in which they brought my matters to a successful conclusion.”
Shaun Wright-Phillips (Former England international and Queens Park Rangers footballer)
“I accept that I have had more than my fair share of appearances in Court. Burton Copeland have always been there for me and have provided me with sound advice.”
Joey Barton (Former Footballer – Now manager and pundit)
“Burton Copeland is the first call I make if I have any motoring related questions, as they are always quick to reassure me and put me at my ease.”
Bradley Walsh (Star of many TV programmes including Coronation Street, Law and Order, Dr Who and The Chase)
My first contact was with Lisa Nevitt who was friendly and helpful before Gwyn Lewis took control of my case. I immediately felt at ease and in good hands. Gwyn was helpful, informative and was able to handle any questions I had. I can’t thank you enough for bringing matters to a prompt and successful conclusion.
Mr G – South Wales
“My wife and I used Burton Copeland solicitors a few months ago. We had the pleasure of Gwyn Lewis and Jonathan Wall. Both exceptional men who know the in’s and out of the job. We were blown away at court with the result, due to the exceptional knowledge of Mr McMahon who again was outstanding. I cannot thank you enough. My wife was quite low with the work situation and then the court appearance but after this she has a new lease of life and I do not really think you understand the impact your kindness, honest approach and availability to put her mind at rest has had on her life. Thank you and best wishes for the future. I will of course not hesitate in forwarding your details to any needy colleague!”
David McDonald (Oldham)
What a fantastic service in received from Burton and Copland Gwyn Lewis was fantastic with me helped me all the way to winning my case not forgetting his secretary Lisa Nevitt who helped me with organizing everything and nothing was too much thank you so much highly recommended.
Daniel Marshall – Google review
Gwyn and Lisa were amazing! Supportive, superbly knowledgeable, helpful and super honest, even to their own detriment. A good result for me as well, I’m super happy! Thanks!
Zali Fordsham – Google review
Where does one start when you want to share your story about a company and a man who made a massive impact on your life. Well, it has to be the beginning of the story I guess.
Having been driving for nearly 40 years and not having any motoring offences blemishing my licence I made a very, very bad judgement call and committed quite a bad speeding offence and was set for prosecution by the courts, April 2021. Due to the seriousness of the offence I was facing a Ban to which means my job as a delivery driver, my sole income was at risk.
Distraught with the thought I scoured the internet looking for a law firm who could represent me to which I sent out emails to various companies.
The very next morning whilst at work I received a phone call in response to one of my emails from a firm called Burton-Copeland, based in Manchester. I did eventually get replies from all the other law firms but with Burton-Copeland it was instantaneous. On the other end of the phone was a calm and very resourceful man advising me of what to expect from my motoring offence.
From this very first phone call I was lucky enough to be talking to a solicitor called Mr Gwyn Lewis, who is a senior partner at Burton-Copeland.
Mr Lewis throughout my case was always there with advice and what was happening with my case and court date. Due to Mr Lewis and his expertise I am not only grateful but I feel very lucky to have had the pleasure of dealing with this man who literally saved my job and livelihood. This was a motoring offence but I noticed that Burton-Copeland handle many types of legal situations, so if you are in need of help they should be your first port of call. Professionalism from a company I found that I could trust.
Many, Many thanks Burton-Copeland and especially to Mr Gwyn Lewis – who got me a fantastic result in not receiving a ban.
David Lowe – Google review
Amazing, professional and great legal service provided from Burton Copeland in particular our solicitor Gwyn Lewis. Mr Lewis deserves all the praise- honest, friendly and worth every penny of his work. So much effort put into our case and every last detail is thought through.
Staff very friendly and easy to communicate with.
If you want the best legal service in Manchester then look no further, Mr Lewis & Burton Copeland will always have your back
I couldn’t recommend Burton Copeland more highly, particularly Mr Gwyn Lewis himself. The service he provided was both professional and personal! With his knowledge and meticulous attention to detail lead to a positive outcome for my case, which I couldn’t have done with out him! Can’t thank him enough, he came recommended and wow am I so grateful!
Sarah Taylor – Google review
Gwyn is in a class of his own. If you want a safe pair of hands that will conduct himself professionally this is who you need on side! Great service, very knowledgeable and at a reasonable price compared to others. Would highly recommend.
Mehul Nathwani – Google review
I would like to leave a review for my solicitor Gwyn Lewis, Mr Lewis was professional kind and compassionate through out my case and kept me informed of everything through out the whole ordeal. Mr Lewis really helped to put me at ease and was so thorough, his wealth of experience in motoring matters is most definitely apparent and I would recommend him to anybody. Mr Lewis found a legal loophole which prevented me receiving points on my license today. I was acquitted of all charges despite driving over the speed limit. I would recommend him to anybody that may require an experienced, well spoken and extremely knowledgeable solicitor. I cannot recommend him enough, so thankful he was my solicitor today.
S Khan – Google review
Gwyn Lewis and the team at BC offer a fantastic legal service. Truly second to none and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them time and time again. They get results!
Jim Murray – Google review
Mr Lewis came like an angel at my worst times. I’d 2 cases where Mr Lewis was helping me. 1st case was dropped at the initial stage (i wasn’t the driver). 2nd one was dismissed after the hearing. I’ll remember his help for a long time. Very professional. His words will put you at ease from the very first conversation you’ll have with him. His secretary Lisa is another person I will always admire. Very hard working, often working very late. They will reply to any queries you’ll have in timely manner. Mr Nick was another man at the firm, very helpful. Both Mr Lewis and Mr Nick both are true gentlemen. I’ll recommend them to all my colleagues at my taxi farm when they are in need. Mr Lewis, Don’t wanna be in a position where I’ll need you again, but if I do, I’ll sprint back to you without hesitation 😀. Again, A big THANKS from me for your help 🙏.