Nicola is a tenacious advocate with a wealth of experience across all levels of civil and criminal courts in the UK and overseas territory. She also has significant experience in courts-martial, police disciplinary tribunals and public inquiries into historical sexual offending. She also has experience in coronial law appearing at inquests for interested parties.
Nicola is a Grade 4 prosecution panel advocate with rape panel membership. Nicola’s prosecution practice includes prosecuting homicide, attempted murder, trafficking including “county lines” and cross-border trafficking of vulnerable men and women for sexual exploitation. She has over two decades of experience dealing with the most serious and sensitive cases involving sexual offending against children and adults. As a facilitator for the Bar Council’s training of advocates in vulnerable witness advocacy, Nicola can demonstrate skill at handling both witnesses and defendants who have particular needs for giving evidence whether they suffer from mental health related competence issues or impairments. In addition Nicola has experience in dealing with gang related firearm and drug offending having had conduct of the “Gun Gang and Serious Crime” portfolio for the Attorney General of Cayman and having prosecuted members of the feared “61” and “FK” gangs in Birmingham.
Nicola also defends serious crime. She has successfully represented clients charged with the most serious offences ranging from murder, trafficking in firearms, serious sexual offending and in particular Nicola is highly respected as an advocate able to deal with the most demanding of clients and those who suffer from serious mental impairment.
Nicola is a confident senior junior and appears in cases unled where her opponent is leading counsel.
In addition to criminal work Nicola has experience and welcomes instructions in Coronial law to appear at inquests where she has acted for the family of the deceased. She has experience in police disciplinary tribunals where officers have been charged with serious misconduct amounting to breaches of international law.
Nicola is adept at dealing with any case involving complex computer technical evidence and accepts instructions in cyber-crime including internet sexual offending and cyber-fraud.
She is one of only a handful of dual qualified English Barrister/ Jersey Advocates and as such she may also appear as an advocate in the Royal Court of Jersey.
Homicide and fatal violence
Gang and firearm offending
Serious sexual offending
Cyber crime and internet child sexual offences
Civil aspects of sexual 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 Hamilton and 5 others – successful prosecution of gang revenge stabbing by 7 Northampton boys who murdered a 17 year old boy in revenge for an earlier incident.
R v R – successful defence of 21 year old charged with rape during his final year as a successful undergraduate at University
R v Kimball – successful defence of man with significant learning impairment charged with sexual activity with a child.
R v B – successful defence of 75 year old woman charged with historical offences involving the aiding and abetting of sexual offences against her daughter
R v Petre – successful prosecution of Romanian who had trafficked a vulnerable young woman to England and controlled her prostitution in Coventry.
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.