Nick read law at Cambridge, graduating in 1990, and had a career as an opera and concert singer before being called to the Bar in 2000.
Nick prosecutes and defends a wide range of criminal cases. He has represented many medical professionals in criminal cases.
His significant cases include; Operation Jasmine – defence counsel in major care homes case. Represented GP accused of fraud and offences concerned with cremation certification. R v S – counsel for GP accused of sexually assaulting two patients. R v D – counsel for dental hygienist accused of sexually assault a patient. R v H – counsel for GP in prescription fraud. R v H – counsel for dentist in NHS fee fraud. R v G – defence counsel in Environment Agency prosecution. Indictment stayed after complex abuse of process argument. Operation Washer – junior prosecution counsel in nationwide +£1m car ringing conspiracy. Operations Rebus and Texas– junior prosecution counsel in major South Wales / Midlands / Merseyside class A drug conspiracies. Operation Cannister – junior prosecution counsel in major mobile phone insurance fraud. Operation Santa Fe – prosecution counsel in major South Wales / Merseyside class A drug conspiracy. R v S – prosecution counsel in Uzi machine gun / class A drug conspiracy case.
Nick has represented medical professionals at the GMC, GDC, General Council of Chiropractors and the Health Professions Council. He has also represented police officers in disciplinary proceedings. Cases include; GMC v Dr A – representation of consultant physician re allegations of the dishonest misappropriation of and unauthorised publication of clinical and academic research. GMC v R & R – representation of consultant and GP in case concerning misconduct in the management of a care home. GMC v B – representation of hospital doctor re allegations of dishonesty in the obtaining of and sending overseas of medication. GMC v L – representation of GP re allegations of dishonesty and inappropriate behaviour towards patients. Re Sgt M – representation of custody sergeant in case of a death in custody.
Nick represents health professionals, health trusts and police officers in inquests. He has been involved in a number of high profile cases of deaths in custody. Cases include; Re G – representation of prison doctor in 5 week inquest into death from dehydration of a prisoner at HMP Blakenhurst. Re B - representation of prison doctor in inquest into death by hanging of a prisoner at HMP Bristol. Re B - representation of prison doctor in inquest into death by hanging of a prisoner at HMP Brockhill. Re H - representation of health trust in inquest into death by hanging of a prisoner at HMP Stafford. Re B - representation of police doctor in inquest into death in custody of mental health detainee following restraint. Re B – representation of health trust re death of post partum mother. Re H - representation of health trust re death on a supervised home visit of a psychiatric patient. Re G – representation of health trust re death of patient following colonoscopy. Re S – representation of Custody Sergeant in death in custody case.
Criminal law (including regulatory and environmental criminal law)
APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS
Middle Temple (Queen Mother Scholar) Grade 4 CPS prosecutor
CPS Specialist Serious Organised Crime list Attorney General’s list of prosecuting advocates
Defence Counsel in Operations Corrolla and Panama (large scale drugs supply conspiracies)