Nigel joined Hodge Jones and Allen as a trainee solicitor in 1985 and, after a couple of years away, has been there ever since. He is now a senior partner in the firm and for two decades has been head of the thriving and successful criminal defence team. Over his career he has dealt with a huge range of different offences and defences
Nigel has a particular interest in sexual offence cases, especially in relation to sexual freedom and obscenity and has a somewhat niche practice advising commercial or professional organisations on their potential criminal liability for materials they may publish or have in their possession. He campaigns for a changes in the criminal law relating to prostitution and is interested in free speech and rights to sexual representation and liberty. He is the co-author of a practitioners’ guide to sexual offences.
He has also acted successfully in a number of complicated appeals against conviction, tracing fresh evidence and rectifying errors made in the original preparation of the case for trial.
He is an enthusiastic advocate, regularly representing his clients’ interests both in the magistrates’ and Crown Courts. Practicing also as a Deputy District Judge, he has an in-depth knowledge of law and procedure in the magistrates’ courts and a particular expertise in motoring cases.
Nigel is recommended by Chambers as having a reputation for brilliance in handling sexual, motoring and drugs-related offences and being is highly adept at understanding clients' needs, and is praised as a "mature, experienced safe pair of hands."
He is a ‘leading individual in the Legal 500 who ‘has a ‘great eye for detail’, and is recommended for his work in sexual offence cases’
Listed as a star in Super Lawyers
- ‘...calming and reassuring. I felt that you were always on my side and always in control of what was happening in my case’
- ‘[We] are extremely grateful for your hard work, commitment and dedication and your kindness and, no matter what the outcome, we always will be’
- St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, MA English, 1977 – 1980
- City of London Polytechnic, CPE and Law Society Finals, 1983 – 1985
- Articles, Hodge Jones and Allen, 1985 – 1987
- Assistant solicitor, Young and Solon, 1987 – 1989
- Assistant solicitor, Hodge Jones and Allen, 1989 – 1991
- Partner, Hodge Jones and Allen, 1992 – 1994
- Equity partner, 1994 to date
- Blackstones Guide to the Human Rights Act 2000
- Richardson and Clark : Sexual Offences : A Practitioner’s Guide, Bloomsbury Professional, 2014
Membership & Appointments
- 2009 : Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts)
- 2007 : Rights of Audience in Higher Criminal Courts
- Solicitor’s Association of Higher Courts Advocates (former committee member and head of practice committee)
- London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
- For a number of years, visiting lecturer in criminal law at Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
- R v Silcott : assisted (as a trainee) in the defence of Winston Silcott following the death of PC Blakelock in the Broadwater Farm riots
- R v Chindamo : murder of headmaster Phillip Lawrence by young gang
- R v O’Connor: prosecution for corporate manslaughter of owner of fishing boat which sank with the loss of 7 lives. Conviction overturned on appeal
- R v G : acquittal of defendant charged with attempted murder following stabbing of pregnant woman to prevent her unborn child’s inheritance
- R v Beck : Camden football related stabbing case involving diminished responsibility defence
- R v Stewart: junior counsel in alcohol-induced beating to death. Trial, successful appeal, retrial and further appeal, redefining the law on alcoholism and diminished responsibility.
- R v Taylor: junior counsel in gang killing. Defendant acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter.
- R v Ahmed: rough justice-style appeal: sexual assault, kidnap and false imprisonment resulting from Islamic marriage. Issues relating to legal professional privilege of the victim, bad and good character and fresh evidence emanating from legal documents seized from the victim
- R v T : thirteen-ground appeal for defendant convicted of historic sexual assaults, including numerous points of fresh evidence and legal argument on delay and abuse of process
- R v Mahmood: successful fresh evidence appeal based on ineptitude of defendant’s original solicitors and their failure to prepare the case properly and gather crucial evidence. Case went twice to the Court of Appeal, successfully on both occasions
- R v S (G) : the case that extended the ambit of the Obscene Publications Act to cover communication between two individuals in an internet ‘chat-room’
- R v Peacock: successful defence of Michael Peacock for alleged publication of ‘obscene articles’ in which the jury concluded that hard-core gay DVD’s were not ‘obscene’ (case prepared with Myles Jackman). Nigel was cited in ‘Lawyers from Hell’ for his robust defence of this man - something he regards as a professional commendation.
- R v Walsh : successful defence of barrister and GLA member Simon Walsh in his #PornTrial prosecution for the alleged possession of ‘extreme pornography’ under s63 Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008
- R v M and J: defence of owner of Surrey escort agency who called police in an emergency and was then charged with brothel-keeping. Defence involved allegations of police impropriety
- R v L : defence of owner of largest sauna and massage parlour in London from brothel-keeping and money laundering charges
- R v E : successfully opposed cash confiscation proceedings for woman running a central London escort agency
- R v S : successful defences (in two separate trials) of airline pilot accused of rape by deceiving the complainants as to the nature of what he was doing
- P : persuaded the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute a historic sexual abuse case on the basis that the old doctrine of doli incapax would have applied at the time
- R v Kalloo : complex six-week benefit fraud trial in excess of 100k
- R v Hart: conspiracy case involving, at that time, largest ever cannabis importation into the UK.
- R v Tore: defence of alleged leader of Turkish gang importing huge quantities of heroin into the UK. Defendant was extradited from France to face trial
- R v M : ‘society’ escort accused of money-laundering – acquitted after two trials