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Queen's Counsel barrister in independent practice, specialising in financial, corporate and organised crime, commercial and regulatory work.

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    Legal 500, 2018

    Leading Silk Band 1 "an excellent courtroom manner and affinity with clients"

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    Chambers and Partners, 2014

    His attention to detail is particularly impressive

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    Chambers and Partners, 2012

    A pleasingly able and personable operator with plenty of gravitas, who is especially good at cross examination

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    Chambers and Partners, 2017

    Lots of people say they can do white-collar crime, but he is a real expert in it.

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    Chambers and Partners, 2014

    He is tactically phenomenal; he's fantastically focused on each and every case.

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    Legal 500, 2016

    A fantastic courtroom advocate

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    Chambers and Partners UK Bar guide

    Chambers & Partners UK Bar guide ranked Nick as Band 1 for Financial Crime since 2012.

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    Legal 500, 2015

    His ability to digest and retain information is phenomenal.

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    Chambers and Partners, 2017

    Silk was deserved definitely. He is very busy but always on top of everything.

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    Chambers and Partners, 2018

    Courts high-level recognition for his handling of complex financial crime cases.

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Chambers & Partners 2018 Ranked Silk for Financial Crime "He is an exceptional advocate who controls a courtroom."

Nick Johnson QC provides professional advice and expert advocacy in financial crime and fraud investigations, corporate corruption and money laundering cases, including large scale investigations in the UK brought by the SFO, FCA, MHRA, HMRC and specialist CPS agencies. He also has a specialism in multi-jurisdictional work, such as corporate bribery, criminal and civl fraud, civil recovery, economic sanctions and money laundering investigations brought in parallel by the DOJ and SEC in the US, equivalent EU proceedings and investigations in the UAE, Russia and the CIS. Companies and individuals retain him to advise on preventative measures and for wider strategic issues, often at an early stage. Nick also provides expert advice and representation in regulatory and professional misconduct proceedings, asylum and extradition proceedings, health & safety investigations, inquests and other serious and organised crime, both at trial and appellate level.

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Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020 Financial Crime Silk Band 1

"A truly impressive silk with very strong attention to detail. He is assiduous in his preparation and he's especially good in international fraud cases."

Financial and Business Crime, Bribery & Corruption, Tax, Financial Markets, Property, Money Laundering

Financial Crime

Financial and Business Crime, Bribery & Corruption, Tax, Financial Markets, Property, Money Laundering

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Political Persecution, EAWs, Part II extradition including Russia and the CIS, US etc

Asylum & Extradition

Political Persecution, EAWs, Part II extradition including Russia and the CIS, US etc

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Homicide, Corporate Manslaughter, Organised Crime, Cybercrime, Cryptocurrency, Drugs

Serious Crime

Homicide, Corporate Manslaughter, Organised Crime, Cybercrime, Cryptocurrency, Drugs

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Professional Misconduct, Health & Safety, Corporate Compliance

Disciplinary & Regulatory

Professional Misconduct, Health & Safety, Corporate Compliance

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Advocacy - Strategic Leadership - Working with Others

As a QC or silk, Nick has been recognised independently as demonstrating excellence in advocacy, both oral trial advocacy and written work, as well as excellence in his knowledge and use of the law and working alongside others, whether as Case Leader or as part of a broader team. He is ranked at Silk Band 1 for Financial Crime by Chambers & Partners 2020, described as “A truly impressive silk with very strong attention to detail…assiduous in his preparation…especially good in international fraud cases.” He is ranked as a Leading Silk in the Legal 500 2020, praised in particular for his compelling advocacy, strategic skill and affinity with clients - “Exceptional on his feet and displays excellent client care skills.” In addition to providing those specialist advocacy skills at trial, Nick is increasingly instructed at a pre-litigation stage to provide strategic advice and negotiation skills. He has experience of giving advice on corporate compliance in areas such as bribery, tax evasion and money laundering, and for advice and representation regarding deferred prosecution agreements and negotiated settlements, economic sanctions, jurisdictional issues, privilege, search, production and freezing orders, SARs, civil fraud and civil recovery, to companies and individuals alike. Such advice, strategy and advocacy from an early stage can make a considerable difference.

Expertise - Experience

Nick developed his skills and specialisms over 25 years of conducting general criminal trials, from organised drugs conspiracies to gangland murder, alongside carousel, pharmaceutical, tax, boiler room, diversion, financial markets and property fraud trials. Through this, he developed expertise in private prosecutions, extradition, asylum, inquests, professional discipline, cybercrime, the protection of and rewards for whistle-blowers, environmental crime and the criminal and regulatory aspects of cryptocurrencies. In addition to acting in many of the major trials and disputes in this area in the UK, Nick has experience of corporate investigations brought by the Department of Justice and SEC in the United States and similar litigation in Europe and the Middle East. Nick first became involved in multi-jurisdictional work in 2008, when he was instructed to act for a former Finance Director in relation to a large corporate bribery case, investigated civilly and criminally in three separate jurisdictions.