Nick specialises in criminal law and regulatory work.

Described as “a silk in the making”, “a phenomenal barrister”, “wonderfully persuasive” and “brutally effective”.

In the course of 2017 Nick has been instructed in several cases involving crimes of homicide or in which fatalities have occurred. These include murder, conspiracy to murder and manslaughter, as well as cases involving fatalities, which were said to have been caused by breaches of the health and safety legislation.

Nick is a registered pupil supervisor – he has had two pupils, both of whom are now successful tenants at New Park Court Chambers: Richard Holland and Amy Levitt.

Nick prosecutes and defends. He is approved by the Crown Prosecution Service as the highest grade of junior barrister, Grade 4, qualifying him to prosecute the most serious cases in the Crown Court. He also appears on the Crown Prosecution Service’s specialist fraud list and specialist proceeds of crime list. He has experience of being involved in the most serious cases in the criminal canon including murder, manslaughter, rape and serious sexual assault, fraud and money laundering involving sums in excess of £1 million, people trafficking, kidnap and blackmail.

Within the criminal law Nick has a particular interest in fraud and proceeds of crime cases. He has been described as “one of the few genuine confiscation experts on Circuit” (Legal 500 2012).

Nick is regularly instructed in cases post-conviction to consider appeals against conviction and sentence, post-conviction to deal with proceeds of crime and post confiscation order to consider appeal and/or variation.

Notable Cases

  • Operation Wingpond (2017)

    Prosecution led junior in police corruption trial. Case involving allegations against Police Inspector and his son of stealing drugs, instead of destroying them, from West Yorkshire Police.

  • Operation July (2017)

    Defence counsel in drugs conspiracy trial. Case involving allegations of conspiring to supply Class A drugs.

  • R v Rispin (2017)

    Defence counsel in rape trial. Case involving allegations of non-recent sexual assaults by stepfather against two stepdaughters.

  • Operation Rumble (2017)

    Prosecution leading junior in conspiracy to defraud. Case involving allegations of using a flaw in telephone system and impersonation of police officers to defraud the elderly and vulnerable.

  • Operation Peabourne (2017)

    Prosecution led junior in murder trial. Case arising out of the shooting of man in a barbershop in Chapeltown.

  • Operation Backbar (2017)

    Prosecution led junior in fraud trial. Case involving an allegation of £11m + VAT fraud.

  • Operation Butlerbriar (2017)

    Prosecution led junior in manslaughter trial. Case involving an allegation of causing death by gross neglect.

  • Operation Polyburg (2016/17)

    Prosecution led junior in murder trial. Case arising out of the fatal stabbing of a man in Cecil Avenue in Bradford.

  • Operation Circus (2016)

    Defence counsel in fraud trial. Representing former Independent Financial Advisor in relation to allegations of involvement in £5m + Ponzi fraud.

Criminal

Nick’s interest in regulatory matters has led to him being instructed both for the prosecution and the defence in the Crown Court in cases involving fatalities in the workplace. He has had experience of being instructed to prosecute and to defend cases involving local authorities, the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency.

Professional

Nick also appears regularly before the Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal and has been approved for Fitness to Practice work for several years. His work in the MPT has provided him with extensive opportunity to be involved in cases involving medical experts.

Nick has experience of representing police officers in misconduct proceedings.

Nick also has experience of representing a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Nick accepts instructions to represent interested persons in inquests and has experience of Article 2 compliant proceedings.

Notable Cases

  • UUW v Omega Proteins Limited

    Defence counsel in case involving allegation of breach of discharge consent.

  • RBC v Iceland

    Prosecution counsel in trial following death of contractor at supermarket store in Rotherham.

  • HSE v Smith

    Prosecution counsel in a case involving allegations of exposing roofing apprentices to risk of serious harm and death.

  • HSE v The Website (Leeds) Ltd

    Prosecution counsel in a case following finger severing and crushing injuries.

  • LCC v LF

    Defence counsel in case involving allegation of breach of permitting requirements.

Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Nick has experience of successful appeals against conviction, sentence and confiscation orders in front of the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division.

In 2007, at 4 years call, Nick successfully appealed the conviction of John Kepple for wounding with intent contrary (R v Kepple [2007] EWCA Crim 1339). The appeal centred on the trial judge’s prevention of cross-examination of the main prosecution witness due to the absence of the defendant. It is the leading authority on the duties of counsel during a trial where a defendant is absent [Archbold 3-222; 4-167; 8-262 & Blackstones D15.88].

High Court

Nick has also been instructed to conduct judicial reviews and appeals by way of case stated to the High Court.

Notable Cases

  • JE v Birmingham City Magistrates Court [2017]

    Nick successfully represented the CPS in resisting an application to judicially review / case state a decision of the Magistrates to convict a youth.

  • R v Coleman [2016] EWCA Crim 1665

    Nick was instructed 11 years after a costs order was imposed by the Crown Court, with a view to quashing it on the basis of the defendant’s subsequent change in circumstances.

  • Henderson v CPS [2016] EWHC 464 (Admin)

    Nick was instructed for the applicant in an application by way of case stated in relation to alternative verdicts in Magistrates’ Courts. The application was successful. This is now the leading authority on this question.

  • B v The Crown Court at Leeds [2016] EWHC 1230 (Admin)

    Nick was instructed to represent the applicant in an application by way of case stated following the upholding by the Crown Court of the Magistrates’ Court sentences of a youth. The application was successful.

  • R v Slade [2015] EWCA Crim 71

    Nick was instructed as a prosecution led junior to defend an appeal against a conviction for conspiracy to murder.

  • R v McGuffog [2015] EWCA Crim 1116

    Nick successfully appealed a conviction for causing death whilst uninsured. The appeal was out of time by some period and arose out of a change in the law.

  • R v Bailey [2015] EWCA Crim 395

    Nick successfully appealed a sentence of 12 years for offences of violence, resulting in a reduction to 9 years.

  • R v Ryder [2011] EWHC 4003 (Admin)

    Nick represented the applicant in a stated case concerning urine samples, specimen tests and catheters in cases involving allegations of drink driving.

  • West Yorkshire Probation Board v Cruickshanks [2011] EWHC 6125 (Admin)

    Nick successfully represented the respondent in an application brought by way of case stated relating to the imposition of the requirements under a suspended sentence order.

  • R v Dansby [2009] EWCA Crim 1911

    Nick mounted a successful appeal against the benefit attributed to a defendant, arguing that a tenant’s life interest should be taken into account when valuing a defendant’s interest in a property under s.79 and 84 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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