Nicholas has extensive experience acting for police officers in misconduct hearings and the PAT. In demand across the country for his hard-working and common-sense approach, Nicholas is experienced in cases that are high-profile, complex, paper-heavy or sensitive.
He advises and represents officers in criminal proceedings where misconduct allegations are contemplated, or which await the conclusion of the criminal case. Last year, led by Paul Greaney QC, he successfully defended PC PJ in a long-running criminal trial at Preston Court on multiple allegations of using a police dog to cause serious injuries to suspects.
Accredited by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy as a Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness Training, and as a Northern Circuit Advocacy Trainer, he is experienced in the handling and questioning of witnesses in the most difficult cases.
Nicholas sits as a Legally Qualified Chair in police misconduct hearings, is a Vice President and Executive Member of the National Association of Legally Qualified Chairs and specialises in professional disciplinary matters.
Police Law Cases
R v Paul Jackson (Preston)
Led by Paul Greeney QC, Nicholas successfully defended a police officer charged with multiple counts of wounding with intent. During the six-week trial, PC Jackson was alleged to have used his police dog gratuitously to injure detained suspects.
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-officer-cleared-using-dogs-16433165 & https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/14/police-officer-cleared-using-dog-weapon-vent-contempt-criminals/)
Cleveland v PC S-C
The officer kept his job after a highly sensitive material relating to sex offenders had been thrown out with the rubbish found by a member of the public and handed to The Sun newspaper
Leicestershire v Special Constable D
Successfully argued that a special constable committed misconduct only when he lied to Leicestershire Police about his whereabouts when he claimed he was sick. The special constable received management advice.
Humberside v PC N
Successfully represented PC N on multiple allegation arising out an incident involving use of force during an alleged unlawful arrest which took place over five years earlier. There were challenges to the disclosure regimes adopted by the IPOC and PSD.