Serious Crime

Homicide, Corporate Manslaughter, Organised Crime, Cybercrime, Drugs

Serious Crime includes murder and manslaughter, including joint enterprise cases and corporate manslaughter, large scale drugs and firearms cases, cybercrime and other organised crime. Nick also has extensive experience acting in matters concerning regulatory crime, serious sexual offences and representing professionals charged with criminal offences, such as police officers, teachers and solicitors.

 

Since taking silk, Nick is increasingly instructed as a leading QC in homicide cases, both prosecuting and defending. He is also more frequently retained on a private basis. Examples of some of his recent cases of serious crime not involving financial crime include: -

  • R v X - Nick was instructed to act for the 16 year old girl charged with the murder of 7 year old Katie Rough. The defendant had highly complex mental health issues and Nick worked alongisde eminent specialists to help establish a successful murder defence on the grounds of diminished responsibility. A tragic case, it being extremely rare for a female child to kill a much younger child, the case attracted a great deal of media attention, such as http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-42112979.
  • R v Stubbs, Lovell, Smith - A 3-handed shooting murder, where the victim was chased over a considerable distance, cornered and shot. Nick acted as lead prosecuting QC. The two accomplices were not obviously present when the shooting occurred nor definitely saw the gun, giving rise to post-Jogee joint enterprise issues. The case also involved extensive input from neuro psychiatrists and psychologists on the effect of prior head injury in the context of diminished responsibility.
  • R v G and Others - A multi handed murder allegation, where a group went to burgle a house of its cannabis plants, whereupon the householder was murdered once discovered. Nick led and won a legal argument for all defendants, save the one who admitted striking the blows, that the court should sanction pleas to conspiracy to burgle as an alternative.
  • R v Ali and Others - A murder/manslaughter/death by careless driving trial. The victim was set upon by a group, one of whom allegedly punched him unconscious in the road. Minutes later he was driven over by a man who had just bought a McDonalds meal and not looked where he was going. Acting for the prosecution, the case gives rise to complex issues of novus actus interveniens/causation. The defendants are mostly youths aged 12-17.
  • R v F - Nick acted for a serving police officer charged with rape and other sexual offences against his former wife, also a police officer. The case gave rise to complex issues relating to previous sexual history and overlapping police disciplinary proceedings.
  • R v Russell - This defendant was serving life for attempted murder and rape of an elderly woman in her 80s, then was charged with a like offence. It was a “cold case” where a modern investigation anaylsed historical evidence, also involving a very challenging client with extreme psychopathy. Heard by the Recorder of London at the Old Bailey with Nick leading the Defence. See media coverage here and here.
Corporate Crime, Bribery & Corruption, Tax, Financial Markets, Property, Money Laundering

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Corporate 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

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

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Homicide, Corporate Manslaughter, Organised Crime, Cybercrime, Drugs

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Homicide, Corporate Manslaughter, Organised Crime, Cybercrime, Drugs

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Professional misconduct, Health & Safety, Corporate Compliance

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Professional misconduct, Health & Safety, Corporate Compliance

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