Member of Chambers Profile
Year of Call: 2006
Nicola prosecutes and defends in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court. Her criminal work encompasses the full spectrum of offences, including violence, drugs and dishonesty. She places great importance on client care and sensitivity, as well as being a strong and conscientious advocate.
Nicola gained invaluable experience as an advocate on a three-month secondment with the CPS, during which she conducted trials on a daily basis. She gained considerable skill in all manner of legal argument including abuse of process, evidential issues and PACE consideration.
As well as being instructed by the CPS, Nicola prosecutes for the National Probation Service, Transport for London and for Local Authorities in criminal regulatory cases.
Nicola undertakes prosecution and advisory work for various government departments and has recently been instructed by HMRC as junior counsel in a large scale missing trader carousel fraud.
Nicola is regularly instructed to appear in the Crown Court and her practice covers the full range of offences including violence, drugs, property offences and fraud.
She also accepts instructions to prepare written submissions and represent prisoners at parole hearings, licence recall hearings and prison adjudications.
Nicola has considerable experience in the field of road traffic law. She has successfully defended careless driving and excess alcohol charges, has advanced special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments, and has appeared in the Crown Court on dangerous driving matters.
Nicola has dealt with numerous confiscation hearings that have taken place at the conclusion of criminal proceedings and has been instructed in contested cash forfeiture hearings.
R v K (2008): Woolwich Crown Court; ABH; successful submission of no case to answer in a case involving issues of third party disclosure.
R v N (2008): Woolwich Crown Court; appeal against conviction in relation to one count of common assault. The case required a detailed analysis of the Immigration rules pertaining to a spouse’s right to indefinite leave to remain without the support of their partner. The appeal was successful.
R v DM (2010): Portsmouth Crown Court; three-day burglary trial involving cross-examination of a facial mapping expert and complicated issues of bad character.
R v P (2010): Snaresbrook Crown Court; money laundering; this case involved complicated analysis of the hearsay provisions, specifically in relation to implied hearsay.
R v S (2010): Portsmouth Crown Court; possession with intent to supply a class ‘A’ drug; a large quantity of cocaine was found at the defendant’s address.
R v C (2010): Woolwich Crown Court; robbery involving a young defendant with learning difficulties.
R v B (2010): Woolwich Crown Court; cultivation of cannabis.
Kings College London, Bsc (Hons) Pharmacology (II.1)
(First class published dissertation)
BPP Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation)
(Distinction in Criminal Law)
BPP Law School, Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
(Outstanding in Criminal Litigation)
Benefactors’ Scholar, Middle Temple
Joseph Jackson Scholar, Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
Young Legal Aid Lawyers