Nick is an experienced criminal and regulatory advocate.
Prior to joining the Bar, Nick was a solicitor (admitted 1998). As a former solicitor he understands the importance of working as part of a team and the need for meticulous preparation.
He has held Higher Rights of Audience (both criminal and civil) since 2003. He has been exclusively acting as an advocate in the Crown Court since 2008.
He is qualified to offer direct access advice and representation.
- Middle Temple.
- Criminal Bar Association.
- Fraud Lawyers Association.
Nick has defended a number of complex benefit and employee frauds. He is used to handling cases involving a high volume of documents. As a MBA graduate, Nick is commercially aware.
He has dealt with a wide range of confiscation cases including certificates of inadequacy.
Nick has a particular expertise in cases involving serious violence. He is regularly instructed in cases of section 18 GBH, firearms, robbery, violent disorder and affray. He has acted in a number of cases arising out of the 2016 Dover riots. He is also experienced in multiple defendant trials.
Proceeds of Crime/Confiscation
Nick is regularly instructed in high value or complex confiscation cases. Within the last 12 months he has been involved in a case before Leicester Crown Court were the Crown were seeking an order for £5.3m. In February 2019 he was led by Mark Cotter QC in a complex confiscation case involving a substantial hidden asset claim. He has dealt with a wide range of confiscation cases including certificates of inadequacy.
Due to his extensive practice near the ports on the South Coast, Nick has had substantial experience both as a solicitor and as an advocate in cases involving the importance and sale of illegal drugs. In early 2016 he defended a number of Defendants involved in Operation Panther and Cargo (at Canterbury Crown Court). He has been involved in a number of “cannabis factory” cases.
Nick defends the full range of sexual offences including rape and serious sexual assault. He has experience in cases involving “historical” allegations and Internet-based child pornography offences. Nick has successfully acted for a number of Defendants in relation to applications for variations of SOPOs and SHPOs.
Nick has completed the Bar’s vulnerable witness training.
Nick regularly advises on appeals against sentence and conviction. He is instructed by a number of solicitors to provide a “fresh pair of eyes” to a case. Nick has appeared successfully in the Court of Appeal on a number of occasions.
He acts regularly for a number of local authorities in prosecutions under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Housing Act 2004 before Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. He is experienced in dealing with the applications for confiscation orders that arise in these cases.
Nick has acted for a number of transport managers and haulage companies around the country before the Traffic Commissioner. He has handled cases involving issues of good repute, fitness and financial standing.
Nick accepts instructions to represent medical professional appearing before their professional regulator. He can provide advice and representation before the following tribunals:
- the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS, now the tribunal service of the GMC);
- the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS, now the tribunal service of the HCPC);
- the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC);
- the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
- the General Dental Council (GDC);
- the General Optical Council (GOC);
- the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP);
- the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA; formerly the NCTL).
Nick provides clear and practical advice either through a solicitor or directly through the direct access scheme (in appropriate cases).
Nick also accepts instructions in the field of licensing law.
Cases of Note
R v N (Southwark Crown Court)
Acting for interested third party in a s22 POCA application. Involved a novel point of law on the interaction of s10A in s22 cases.
R v R (Nottingham Crown Court)
Led by Mark Cotter QC. Complex confiscation case arising out of a forced labour case.
R v T (Leicester Crown Court)
£5.3m confiscation claim arising out of a multi-million pound diversion fraud.
R v W (Canterbury Crown Court)
R v W (Basildon Crown Court)
Multi-handed violent disorder
R v S (Woolwich Crown Court)
Successful defence of a rape allegation
R v W (Guildford Crown Court)
Historic allegations of sexual abuse
R v T (Inner London Crown Court)
R v K (Canterbury Crown Court)
Bank employee fraud
R v T (Basildon Crown Court)
Child cruelty case involving genital injuries to a young child
R v G (Maidstone Crown Court)
Multi-handed conspiracy to breach UK immigration law
R v G (Nottingham Crown Court)
Successful defence of section 18 GBH.
R v H (Canterbury Crown Court)
Six-handed conspiracy to breach UK immigration law
R v F (Basildon Crown Court)
Successful defence of a blackmail case
R v D (Canterbury Crown Court)
R v D (Court of Appeal)
Three-year reduction in sentence for offences of section 18 GBH and burglary
R v S (Maidstone Crown Court)
Successful defence of allegation of controlling or coercive behaviour
R v S (Canterbury Crown Court)