Nicola is an advocate with a wealth of experience across criminal and civil courts in both the UK and the overseas territories as well as courts-martial, disciplinary and police tribunals and public inquiries.
She is a qualified Jersey Advocate.
Grade 4 prosecutor and facilitator for training advocates in vulnerable witness questioning. RASSO panel member.
Nicola spent 10 years in practice in the overseas territories having responsibility for the conduct in the Cayman Islands of prosecutions involving guns, gangs and serious crime for the Attorney General.
Most recently she was the Attorney General of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha where she was the Chief Law Officer for the Territory.
Nicola served as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Legal Branch and has acted for both the Crown and servicemen of all three services in courts-martial and Boards of Inquiry.
During her career, Nicola has been involved in some of the most high-profile litigation conducted across four jurisdictions.
She welcomes instructions in all areas of criminal and disciplinary tribunal work.
She acted for the Stages of Jersey Police in the Jersey Care Inquiry
Nicola has extensive experience in and welcomes instructions in the following matters:
- Firearms and gang crime including prosecuting and defending murder unled.
- Serious sexual offending involving vulnerable witnesses and intermediaries, multiple offender and complainant cases
- Complex cyber crime
- Fraud and revenue offences including those with cross-jurisdictional aspects
- Military law
Nicola has experience in public inquiries into historical child abuse in two overseas territories and extensive knowledge of the procedures of the foreign and commonwealth office and central governments in the territories.
She can offer advice in relation to the regulatory frameworks of tax neutral jurisdictions and the wider civil law implications of criminal proceedings to clients.
She has appeared in police disciplinary tribunals for both the police authority and individual employees.
Gang and firearms offending
Serious Sexual Offences
Cybercrime and internet child sexual offences
Inquiries - acting for core participants and individual witnesses
Overseas territory and international
Public law aspects of crime
Appointments & Memberships
- Lincoln's Inn
- Jersey Advocate
- Admitted to the Bars of Cayman, St Helena, sovereign base area of Cyprus
- Criminal Bar Association
R v Bienge - successful prosecution of offences committed by church minister on congregant dating from the early 1990s
In the matter of K - transfer of patient lacking capacity from St Helena to England and Court of Protection - new application of Schedule 13 for overseas territories in relation to serious medical treatment applications and comity of High Court Orders
R v H - prosecution of father for historical offences of rape on his daughters aged 4 and 6
R v A - prosecution of rape of and adult with severe learning impairment leading to adoption of the Advocates Toolkit and use of intermediaries in St Helena
Independent Care Inquiry Jersey - representation of States of Jersey police into public inquiry into historical child abuse from 1955 to the present chaired by Frances Oldham QC
SOJP v Minty, Beghin and other - acting for SOJP in police disciplinary proceedings in relation to allegations of breach of international law in the case of R v Warren  UKPC 10
R v Christmas - acting for member of the jersey judiciary charged with fraud in prosecution by Jersey Financial Services Commission leading to the longest reported judgment in the Jersey Criminal Appeal Court on the interpretation of financial services regulatory legislation
R v X - acting for the Plaintiff in a civil claim for the tort of rape following discontinuance of criminal proceedings by the AG of Jersey
R v L - acting for defendant who suffered from severe learning difficulties charged with indecency with a child aged 4. The first case involving the use of an intermediary in Jersey. Challenge of the Attorney General's right to prefer a voluntary bill under customary law
R v Bush - defence of gang member charged wtih murder in a daylight execution of rival gang member. Successfully challenged the prosecution application to use anonymous witness evidence in the Cayman Court of Appeal
R v Ricketts - defence of jamaican immigrant in Cayman charged with the robbery, abduction, rape and murder of a prominent women's right activist in Cayman leading to application to appeal to the Privy Council
R v Rodriquez - prosecution unled of man charged with murder by stabbing in a bar in Cayman
R v Martinez - prosecution of revenge killing linked by single fingerprint
R v Wardle - successful defence of woman with a full scale IQ of 55 charged with the murder of her 3 week old baby by shaking
R v Pudwell - prosecution of complex internet grooming and child pornography prosecution
R v A - prosecution of male on male rape by corporal on a subordinate rank
R v Dockerill - prosecution of Loughborough Grammar school master for offences of possession of child pornography
R v Kilcoyne and ors - successful defence of member of the Royal Tank Regiment charged with the gang rape of a german civilian
R v X - junior counsel in defence of 17 year old charged with infanticide of her baby
R v Dayus and 5 others
11 week prosecution for fraud in relation to the presentation of fraudulent documents in probate proceedings to frustrate the trustee in bankruptcy.
R v Barry
defence of a woman charged historical offences dating back to 1990 with sexual abuse and cruelty to her child
R v Craddock
defence of a man with mental impairment charged with offences of rape and buggery committed when he was 11 to 14 years of age dating back some 25 years
R v Kennedy and Stone
prosecution of male and female defendant charged with rape of children and inciting children to commit sexual acts with each other. Combined sentences of 56 years received at the conclusion of trial.
R v Lord
prosecution for rape. Both Defendant and complainant required intermediaries and both suffered from significant educational impairment.
R v Ahmed, Scarlett, Farrell, Brivitt and another
Successful prosecution of members of the feared 61 Gang in Birmingham on behalf of the CCU for firearms offences. Sentencing of 43 years were handed down to five defendants. The trial received evidence of gang association, drill and trap videos posted by the gang along with electronic medial and social media demonstrating the use and acquisition of firearms in the west midlands to pursue violence and intimidation of opposing gangs.
Defence of a mentally impaired man charged with historical offending when he was just 12 years of age against his sister and brother aged 8 and 6 with very particular difficulties
Bollili and Nuur – Lincoln
Prosecution of men involved in the trafficking of vulnerable 14 year olds for sexual exploitation who were removed from a childrens home.
Successful defence of woman charged with sexual abuse of her children who had featured in a television documentary decrying the Jehovah’s witnesses as condoning sexual abuse of children.