Nicholas is an experienced Criminal law specialist, regularly appearing in serious Criminal cases both in Manchester and across the Northern Circuit. Nicholas has developed a mixed defence and prosecution practice, specialising in cases with mental health issues, cross examining children and young witnesses over video link, drugs cases and serious sexual offending. In addition, Nicholas has substantial experience of assimilating extensive computer data in cases of significant fraud and Proceeds of Crime applications.
Over the preceding 12 months:
R v. Taylor & others –armed robbery
R v S. – acquittal of defendant charged with sexual offences against a child – successful argument that the primary witness was not a hostile witness
R v Taljard – prosecution of a former professional cricketer charged with ten years of sexual assaults against his wife.
R. v TTL & others – extensive legal argument regarding Restraint Orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act, 2002
R v Williams and Kelly – defence of an allegation of rape
R v Bowen – successful defence of a defendant charged with others in an 8 handed murder
R v. M & others – representing 14 year old boy charged with murder
R v Blood & others – 6 week trial relating to gangland shootings
R v Barnes – defence of a fraudster originally charged with theft from a charity in excess of £1M. Prosecution accepted a plea to theft of £50,000.
R v Heathcote – defence regarding the transportation of a substantial amount of Class A drugs from Manchester to Southampton
R v B – successful defence of allegations of historic sexual abuse in Barrow