Nicholas is briefed in serious and complex cases across the country. He is a confident and effective barrister who is particularly well regarded for his approachability, his handling of lay clients and his ability with a jury.
Most often instructed in heavyweight crime, he has defended in a number of high profile cases in recent years. He works extremely hard and likes to be involved in the early stages of a case to ensure the most effective presentation of the defence evidence.
- White collar fraud and MTIC
- Serious sexual offences including historic abuse
- People trafficking
- Large scale drug conspiracies
- Offences involving kidnap, blackmail and firearms
- Defending professionals: police, dentists, teachers etc.
- Proceeds of Crime
Nicholas regularly appears in cases involving the pre-trial cross-examination of very young children. He is able to deal with such situations with tact and sensitivity and is accredited by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy as a Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness Training. He is an advocacy trainer on the Northern Circuit.
Nicholas has a keen interest in bribery, corruption and money laundering and often lectures on the subject. He accepts instructions to advise generally on these matters whether or not prosecutions are contemplated.
WHITE COLLAR, CORRUPTION AND MTIC
Operation Galion: R v L
Defending in a multi-million pound publishing fraud (Liverpool)
Operation MFB: R v M
Defending in £100m+ 6 month MTIC fraud ( Liverpool)
Operation Vaulter: R v F
Defending in £20m MTIC fraud (Kingston)
R v Smith
Defending in £1m plus VAT fraud (Manchester)
R v Maylam
Defending an executive of Sainsbury’s supermarket involving £9m of corrupt payments (Croydon)
R v Hudson
Defending a dentist on a £400k fraud (Liverpool)
R v Atkinson
Alleging the dishonest claiming of UDAs (Leicester)
Operation Poppy: R v S (Liverpool)
Prosecution Junior in multi-million drug ring ( Manchester)
The Queen v Rogelio Curas Pastoriza
Importation of 30 kilos of cocaine (Falkland Islands)
R v Thomas
Multiple defendant shooting (Leeds)
R v Stubbs
Notorious and complicated murder by strangulation (Stafford)
SERIOUS SEXUAL OFFENCES
R v Burke
Historic Rape which attracted significant media attention
R v D
Successful defence of historic familial allegations from over 40 years ago
R v H
Successful defence of a teenager charged with the violent rape of a young victim
R v B
Defending a member of what was described in the national press as “The most evil family ever” involving some of the most serious allegations of sexual abuse to come before the courts
R v G and P
Successful defence of the main defendant in an international sex-trafficking case
R v Alkadi
Defence of a female defendant in an alleged group attack
Operation Grimjack (Manchester)
Prosecutions involving allegations of multi-defendant people trafficking
R v Ryan (Birmingham)
Defending the principal defendant on Firearms and Kidnapping allegations stemming from a dispute between those involved in MTIC fraud.
Nicholas enjoys an excellent success rate in defending motoring cases in the Magistrate’s and Crown Courts. He also advises on evidence and tactics in criminal cases involving multi-million pound compensation claims.
Nicholas is a Category 4 Prosecutor