Nick has defended in the full range of the most serious, complex and sensitive criminal cases across the country and is regularly instructed as leading junior. He is considered an expert in RIPA and telephone evidence, including cell site.
In the last two years, he has successfully defended in cases involving modern slavery, drugs, firearms and homicide.
R v E & Ors – Central Criminal Court – 2017
Three-handed murder trial following a knife fight between four men which was captured on film and witnessed by numerous members of the public. Alleged to have been a deliberate and planned attack on the deceased, the Jury acquitted of murder despite the defendant not giving evidence. E and another were convicted of manslaughter.
R v R & Ors – Nottingham CC – 2017
Operation Pottery was the largest Modern Slavery case to be prosecuted in the UK. Victims were collected from homeless shelters and soup kitchens, kept in dilapidated caravans and forced to work for as little as £10 per day. Many of them remained with R for years. Nick defended R in the second of two Forced Compulsory Labour trials.
R v S & Ors. – Birmingham CC – 2016
This 6-handed trial was part of a nationwide investigation into an organised crime gang who were posting parcels of Class B drugs from China to dozens of addresses in the UK. Nick represented the man alleged to be the contact for the London side of the conspiracy. The evidence was wide-ranging and included covert recordings and surveillance. S gave a no comment interview, did not give evidence and was acquitted by the jury following an 8-week trial.
R v T – Southwark CC – 2016
Nick defended T who was found in possession of two loaded pistols, 16 kilos of Cocaine, 47 kilos of Ketamine and 124 kilos of Cannabis. Applications for full disclosure were made including for the intelligence which led the police to T address. Based on this Information the Crown agreed to accept a basis of plea which significantly minimised his involvement.
R v B – Snaresbrook CC – 2015
A four-week gang-related stabbing involving five defendants at Snaresbrook Crown Court. The defendants were alleged to be from the Kingshold Boys gang and the victim from the London Fields gang. There is a history of violence between them including murder. The Crown sought to adduce this evidence but this was successfully resisted. The incident was caught on CCTV and was initially treated as attempted murder. B was acquitted of s18 and convicted of s20. This year the Court of Appeal granted leave to appeal the conviction on a joint-enterprise point.
R v C – Southampton CC – 2015
A three-week conspiracy to supply class A drugs at Southampton Crown Court. The evidence consisted of covert surveillance, recordings and photographs of several drugs houses in the area. C was said to be part of a London gang looking to control the local market. The evidence placed him at each of the drugs houses as well as in a hotel room where drugs and money were seized. C was acquitted by the jury.
R v G (2014) – Bristol Crown Court
Nick acts as Leading Junior in this high profile conspiracy to produce class A drugs in Bristol. This Organised Crime Group is alleged to have planned an industrial sized chemical lab to produce Crystal Meth and MDMA. The Crown relies on covert audio recordings, evidence which is the subject to challenge under RIPA. Following the late disclosure of hundreds of hours of recordings during the trial Mr Justice Grigson discharged the Jury and the case will be re-tried in 2015. There will be Abuse of Process arguments.
R v M (2014) – Central Criminal Court
A £37m money-laundering trial at the Old Bailey in which the Crown was forced to offer no evidence once the defence had exposed a wide range of failings in the investigation. This was a factually complex case involving thousands of pages of financial documents. In her judgment HHJ Wendy Joseph QC labelled the NCA incompetent. On behalf of Mohaideen it had been submitted that the Indictment was wrongly cast and that the Crown’s figures were inaccurate. The subsequent investigations led to the end of the case. Nick was led junior.
R v N (2014) – Southwark Crown Court
Operation Akan targeted an Organised Crime Group based in Essex and Central London alleged to be supplying drugs and laundering money. In all 18 people were charged. Nick represented a defendant charged with laundering £500k of drugs money through his business in London as junior alone. This was a 7 handed trial which lasted 4 weeks at Southwark CC. The defence involved challenge to expert fingerprint evidence and complex points of law relating to the point at which monies become the proceeds of crime.
R v P (2013) – Stafford Crown Court
Led Junior in a 12 week Conspiracy to Cause Explosions arising out of a series of nail bombs detonated in the Staffordshire area. The defendants included men with links to terrorist groups in Northern Ireland. Nick was junior counsel for the man who drove the bomber to the sites and then assisted him to escape to Belfast. The evidence included covertly recorded conversations from bugged prison visits
R v B (2013) – Liverpool Crown Court
Leading Junior in this 10 week firearms conspiracy involving a Liverpool gang feud. Nick represented the girlfriend of the head of a gang called the Croxteth Young Guns who was said to have helped organise retaliation shootings for her partner. She was the only defendant charged with conspiracy to be acquitted.
R v R (2012) – Liverpool Crown Court
Led Junior in this 12 week high profile murder case. The case concerned the execution of a doorman in Liverpool, who was shot in the face at point blank range with a shotgun. Nick acted for a man who drove the gunman to the scene but denied knowing what was planned. Following a cut throat defence, he was acquitted of murder and convicted of perverting the course of justice having lied to the police during the investigation. The police deployed a covert recording in this case although the evidence was never adduced.
R v G (2011) – Central Criminal Court
Led Junior defending one of two men accused of a gang related execution on the Broadwater Farm Estate in May 2010. Both defendants were acquitted by the Jury following a 3 week trial involving anonymous witnesses and cell-site expert evidence
R v M (2010) – Snaresbrook Crown Court
Junior alone in a case concerning two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm and dangerous driving. The defendant was alleged to have pointed a gun in a man’s face and pulled the trigger. When the gun failed the defendant got in his car and drove away, hitting the man as he did so. Opposing experts were called on the issue of whether this was a deliberate act or simply an accident as he tried to get away. The defendant was acquitted of all counts.
R v W (2010) – Winchester Crown Court
Led Junior Counsel in a substantial Cocaine Importation re-trial. When the re-trial began the Crown sought to have the abuse of process arguments conducted by Special Counsel. This was unprecedented and resisted by the defence. Ultimately the Crown was forced to offer no evidence. The central argument on appeal and at the outset of the re-trial concerned the lawfulness of telephone intercepts.
R v C (2009) – Norwich Crown Court
Led by Sir Desmond De Silva defending a man alleged to be responsible for organising a shooting as a punishment for a drugs debt. The defendant was acquitted of any involvement with the shooting. The Defendant was convicted of other less serious offences following a 10 week trial.
R v G (2009) – Central Criminal Court
Defending an Armed Robbery case concerning an 18 year old Defendant who was acting under Duress. The Defendant was acquitted of both robberies.
R v O’G (2008) – Luton Crown Court
Led junior in a two-handed cut throat Murder case following a fatal stabbing. The Defendant was acquitted of Murder, assisting an offender and affray.