Nicholas brings over twenty years’ experience of prosecuting and defending serious criminal cases to his police practice. He particularly enjoys defending police officers with concurrent criminal and misconduct investigations and will accept instructions across the country
Increasingly in demand for his approachability and common sense attitude to cases, he is instructed to appear and advise in misconduct cases on behalf of officers and the appropriate authority. He regularly lectures lawyers and Police Federation representatives in this area.
Nicholas is accredited by the Inns of Court College of Advocacy as a Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness Training and is used to defending in cases where witnesses are vulnerable.
Nicholas sits as a Legally Qualified Chair of Misconduct Hearings and is an Executive Member of the National Association of Legally Qualified Chairs.
“I have now instructed Nick Walker in a number of police cases involving criminal prosecutions and misconduct proceedings. These have been challenging and complex cases. Mr Walker impresses with his attention to detail, good judgment and advocacy skills. The clients warm to him and are he is able to earn and command their trust and respect. They know they are in safe hands. He is always contactable and responds quickly to enquiries and is therefore a pleasure to work with professionally”.
Nick Holroyd – Slater & Gordon
Police Law Cases
R v Paul Jackson (Preston)
Led by Paul Greaney QC, Nicholas successfully defended of a police officer charged with counts of wounding with intent. During the six-week trial, he was alleged to have used his police dog as a weapon gratuitously to injure detained suspects. (Link to press coverage: 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/)
R v PC N (Humberside)
Successfully represented PC N on multiple allegations arising out of an incident involving an alleged unlawful arrest over 5 years before the hearing. The case also involved challenges to the disclosure of information by PSD and the IPOC. (Link to press coverage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-46651983)
R v Donnelly (Caernarfon)
Defence of a police officer charged with sexual offences.
R v S (Liverpool)
Defence of police officer before the Crown Court, Disciplinary Panel and the Police Appeals Tribunal.