Nick Dent

Senior Associate

Criminal Litigation | Criminal Defence and Police Investigations | White collar crime

"He is quite fantastic and knows his cases inside and out."

Chambers UK 2021

"Incredibly thorough and very down to earth - he can see through to what's important on a case."

Chambers UK 2021

Nick is an experienced criminal defence lawyer with experience in a broad range of criminal defence and white collar crime cases. 

Nick has significant experience at handling criminal cases from the interview under caution to the conclusion of a case.  

He frequently advises individuals who are under investigation or immediately following their arrest and is acutely aware of the emotional distress and pressure that this can entail. Nick has particular experience in acting on behalf of people who are in the public eye whose reputation and livelihood are at stake.  He has represented A-list celebrities, entertainers, politicians, sportsmen and professionals. 

Nick works discretely and collaboratively with other professionals (including other teams at Kingsley Napley) in order to best manage his client’s affairs. The holistic approach taken towards advising clients is an important feature in avoiding adverse publicity and managing the reputation of high profile individuals.  Nick is adept at steering his clients through the initial crisis of being arrested and is sensitive to privacy issues arising in high profile cases.

Nick has particular expertise in advising on:

He also has experience of complex cases involving investigations brought by a range of investigatory bodies, including:

  • The Serious Fraud Office (SFO);
  • The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA);
  • The City of London Police;
  • The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); and
  • The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

He advises on ancillary matters such as:

  • Challenging police bail conditions;
  • Police Property Act cases;
  • Applications to expunge cautions as well as the deletion of DNA and sample evidence; and
  • Appeals against conviction and sentence.

Recent cases

Complex Fraud and Financial Crime

  • Secured acquittal at Trial for lead defendant in the Libor “Brokers Trial”;
  • No Further Action taken against Company Accountant in Insider Dealing Investigation;
  • No Further Action taken against a sophisticated and speculative share dealer, who traded by coincidence in an insider dealing investigation; and
  • Represented numerous individuals in “Cartels” investigations by the CMA.

Sexual Offences

  • No Further Action taken against celebrity following a complaint arising from the “#MeToo” disclosures;
  • Secured acquittal at trial of a young professional accused of rape where neither party could remember what had happened;
  • Secured acquittal of step-father accused of sexually assaulting his step-daughter in a historical allegation initiated during the course if an acrimonious divorce;
  • No Further Action taken against a teenage boy in circumstances where sexual allegations arose from a boarding school complaint;
  • No Further Action taken against three members of a professional family who were alleged to have assaulted another person outside a restaurant; and
  • No Further Action taken against professional footballer accused of sexual assault.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

  • No Further Action taken in “kidnapping” case where the defence of lawful excuse was raised in the Police Station;
  • Acquittal of a Defendant charged with breaching a Restraining Order; Harassment; Common Assault and Criminal Damage in circumstances where a malicious complaint had been made by an ex-partner;
  • No Further Action taken in Controlling and Coercive behaviour case;
  • No Further Action taken in an investigation into possession of indecent images, where the defence raised was for “research purposes”;
  • Successful defence of banker accused of assaulting colleague, by way of inflicting psychiatric injury on the basis of words alone; and
  • Prosecution of client accused of voyeurism discontinued where defence investigations demonstrated that it was impossible for the offence to have been committed.


Professional Memberships and Societies


He has extremely good judgement and tactical skills."

Chambers UK 2021

It was reassuring to know that you were there for me. Your professional approach in dealing with the police officers involved with the case was exceptional, giving to me the confidence in which I was lacking, having never been in that situation before."

A client

I just don't know how to put it in words my gratitude and appreciation for your amazing support and impressive work. But most of all, I want to thank you for being you, listening and being steady a as rock in an earthquake of a situation."

A client

Nick is a total professional, and balanced with his straightforward and common sense guidance, which was exactly what we required."

A client

...have thought about how different my future may have been without your dedication and magnificence."

A client

Related Services

Sexual Offences

We deal with the highest profile and most sensitive cases, providing expert advice and support to both individuals and companies.

Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice

We recognise that the criminal justice system is fallible. To be convicted of an offence or otherwise be the subject of any adverse finding is hurtful and frustrating.

Assault, Murder and Other Offences Involving Violence

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in dealing with allegation of serious crime including offences against the person such as assault, murder and manslaughter throughout the life of a case from the police station through to trial.

Blackmail and Extortion

Should you find yourself the victim of extortion or are accused of threatening someone, you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

Cyber Crime

Whether you are facing an investigation or prosecution or are the target of such activity, our cyber crime lawyers can help.


There is a myth that sharing drugs amongst friends is OK. When you pass a drug to someone else, even if it is not for money, this amounts to supply.

Serious Fraud

Defending complex white collar cases successfully is what we are known for. The firm has the largest team of specialist criminal lawyers in the UK.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

From police station representation and advice to restraint and confiscation proceedings, we are proactive in achieving the best outcomes.

Insider Dealing

We have extensive experience in representing individuals who have become embroiled in insider dealing investigations.

Cartels, Competition, Price Fixing and Anti-trust

Our top ranked cartels team is extremely well placed to provide advice to individuals and companies who are caught up in cartel activity.


An Interpol Red Notice can severely inhibit a person’s liberty, and have drastic consequences for a person’s reputation. We can assist in Red Notice cases by engaging with Interpol either prior to or following the issue of a Red Notice.

Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering

Recent years have seen considerable growth in this practice area, following the introduction of new measures designed to tackle illicit finance and the increased attention of enforcement agencies.

Account Freezing and Forfeiture Orders, and Cash Seizure

Tackling illicit finance and the proceeds of crime is a government priority and law enforcement focus.

AML Compliance

Ensuring that the UK financial system is an increasingly hostile environment for illicit finances is a key government priority.

Restraint Orders, Confiscation and Third Party Rights

We advise individuals and corporates in relation to restraint orders and third party applications in respect of property caught by restraint orders.

Unexplained Wealth Orders

UWOs are used by law enforcement agencies to require an individual to prove that a particular asset was obtained through legitimate means.

Extending Moratorium Periods

Another feature of the Proceeds of Crime Act that can have the unwelcome effect of freezing property is the 'moratorium period'

Insight from Nick

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GOWISELY: Time to stop and think about stop and search

COVID-19: Distinguishing crime

Policing Domestic Abuse in the age of Austerity and “Lockdown”

Coming soon: the Domestic Abuse Bill

“Stealthing” conviction brings conditional consent out in the open

Widening the net: investigating and prosecuting offences overseas

Sex Dolls: New Guidance but No Clarity

Responding to blackmail if you are not Jeff Bezos

Sex for rent / rent for sex - revised CPS guidance

What is a Cartel?

The criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour: avoiding the potential pitfalls in family proceedings

Unduly lenient sentences: a numbers game

Cartel Crackdown?

Mobile Fingerprinting Raises Privacy Issues

Covert recordings and coercive behaviour - an area ripe for reform?

The Attorney General and Unduly Lenient Sentences: Time for a Review

Proposed reforms regarding the admissibility of complainants’ sexual history are fundamentally flawed

Open and Shut Cases may be re-opened

Reform to police bail under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 - a Paper Tiger?

To bail or not to bail? – The question before Parliament as it considers new proposals under the Policing and Crime Bill

Controlling and Coercive Behaviour Figures: No Surprise

A sporting (second) chance

Coming soon: The Immigration Bill 2015

Lack of data means doubts remain over efficacy of Stop and Search

Further calls for anonymity for victims of revenge porn

Revenge porn: No guarantee of anonymity for complainants

Contempt of Court: Jurors in the dock

FCA Thematic Review: asset management firms and the risk of market abuse

Tough on crime – but not on the causes of crime

A timely reminder: Inadequate case preparation by the prosecution or the defence will not be tolerated

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