Nick is an experienced criminal 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.
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 Defendants in relation to applications for variations of SOPOs and SHPOs.
Nick has completed the Bar’s vulnerable witness training.
In addition to his experience of disclosure from his general criminal practice, Nick is currently instructed as part of disclosure team in the Grenfell Tower inquiry. He has experience of dealing with LPP issues.
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 also accepts instructions in the field of licensing law.
Cases of Note
R v W
(Canterbury Crown Court) S18 GBH
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)