Nigel read Law with German Law at King’s College London and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1994. He practises in all areas of criminal law. He takes a keen interest in Article 2 inquests having attended several inquests and having attended training organised by the charity Inquest.
- Criminal Bar Association
- Accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public.
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Nigel prosecutes and defends. A large part of his work consists of cases involving allegations of rape, and child sexual and physical abuse. He has particular experience dealing with child witnesses and witnesses and accused who are vulnerable, particularly where they suffer from problems associated with mental health, and where courts consider the imposition of hospital orders (prosecuting: R v 123, defending: R v Ferguson, both Preston Crown Court). Nigel has lectured on mental health law and its boundaries with insanity and non-insane automatism. He has advised on the Mental Capacity Act and the working practices and policies of a local authority and contracted care agencies. He has experience defending members of the Armed Forces. Driving cases involving disqualification have been a consistent area of his practice since his first four years in practice with the Crown Prosecution Service in the late 1990s when he gained a thorough grounding in road traffic law and practice.
He was Junior Counsel in the leading extradition case of R v Seddon  2 Cr App R 9 (where the Prosecution sought to proceed to trial on allegations beyond those specified on the European Arrest Warrant) and successfully argued the principles when defending (R v Vilardo, Preston Crown Court).
R v Nicholls
Prosecuted Michael Nicholls from Bolton, who was found guilty of 19 sexual offences against four children between 2003 and 2010. He was sentenced to 27 years following a trial at Preston Crown Court.
R v Mountfort
R v Wilkinson
Defended a mother from Kirkby who received a suspended sentence after falsely claiming £84,000 in benefits by failing to reveal she was living with her boyfriend. The case was reported in the Liverpool Echo.
R v Bogdan Drezaliu
Prosecuted in the case of a 21-year-old man who attempted to rape a woman at Clayton Vale. Drezaliu was given a four-year jail sentence, with licence extended until 2022. Read more about the case here.
R v Eccleshare
Prosecuted in the case of a man who stole £8,000 from a family friend while she was seriously ill in hospital.Book BarristerBack to top
In addition to his criminal practice, Nigel takes a keen interest in Article 2 inquests having attended several inquests and having attended training organised by the charity Inquest.Book BarristerBack to top
Nigel is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.Book BarristerBack to top