Nick is an experienced criminal defence lawyer with experience in a broad range of general crime and white collar crime cases.
Nick deals with a wide range of cases including sexual offences, road traffic prosecutions, drugs offences and allegations of serious violence. Nick’s clients are often high profile or professional individuals who have both a livelihood and reputation at stake. This year they included a film producer, a renowned UK television entertainer, a Hollywood A-lister and a Minister of a foreign government. In addition to the successes that Nick has secured for clients at trial, Nick has had significant success at persuading the Police to discontinue investigations and at having charges withdrawn at Court following written representations.
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 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:
- Complex fraud and financial crime;
- Sexual offences;
- Road traffic prosecutions;
- Drugs offences; and
- Allegations of serious violence.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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”;
- No Further Action in alleged “hit and run” road traffic matter;
- 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.
Publications, Press highlights, speaking engagements & Blogs
- COVID-19: Distinguishing crime - April 2020
- Policing Domestic Abuse in the age of Austerity and lockdown - March 2020
- "Stealthing" conviction brings conditional consent out in the open - May 2019
- Widening the net: investigating and prosecuting offences overseas - May 2019
- Sex Dolls: New Guidance but No Clarity - April 2019
- Sex for rent / rent for sex: revised CPS guidance - January 2019
- What is a cartel? - October 2018
- Unduly lenient sentences - Writes for Law Society Gazette, August 2018
- Cartel Crackdown? - July 2018
- Mobile Fingerprinting Raises Privacy Issues - February 2018
- Covert recordings and coercive behaviour: an area ripe for reform? - November 2017
- The Attorney General and Unduly Lenient Sentences: Time for a review - August 2017
- Proposed reforms regarding the admissibility of complainants' sexual history are fundamentally flawed - March 2017
- Open and Shut cases may be reopened - February 2017
- Reform to police bail under the Policing and Crime Act 2017: a Paper Tiger? - February 2017
Professional Memberships and Societies
- London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA)
- Young Fraud Lawyers Association
"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 of Nick