Nick is an experienced criminal advocate who also provides advice and representation in regulatory proceedings.
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.
- Middle Temple.
- Criminal Bar Association.
- Fraud Lawyers Association.
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 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.
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)