Areas of Practice:
• Courts Martial
• Direct Public Access
• Personal Injury
• Public & Human Rights
• The University of Nottingham, BA Hons History (First Class)
• The College of Law, Guildford, Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
• The College of Law, London, Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)
• Major Inn Scholarship from Middle Temple
Nich became a tenant in April 2008 after successful completion of his pupillage in Chambers. He is an experienced advocate, with a Common Law practice and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Crown Court, County Court and in the Employment Tribunal.
Nich’s practice has flourished since he became a tenant. He is regularly instructed in the Court of Appeal, recent appearances concerning offences of Corruption, Blackmail and Firearm offences. He also frequently advises on appeal, having not represented the client at first instance. Recent instructions include advising on an appeal against conviction and sentence with regard to convictions for murder. In the Crown Court he has successfully represented clients in cases covering the full spectrum of criminal offences. He has a particular expertise in the field of motoring law, often representing those in the public eye, including an internationally capped professional footballer and a member of the Brawn GP Formula One Team. Nich also has significant experience representing clients facing confiscation and cash seizure proceedings. His experience includes numerous contested hearings in the Crown Court, High Court proceedings concerning cases pre-dating POCA 2002 and enforcement and forfeiture proceedings in the Magistrates Court. Nich also continues to develop an Extradition practice and is regularly instructed in Westminster Magistrates Court and on appeal in the High Court.
Recent cases include:
• R v D - Junior counsel for the first defendant, charged with Murder, Manslaughter and Kidnap. The case concerned complex issues surrounding probe listening and tracking devices, surveillance evidence, cell site evidence and significant legal issues given that the victim’s body has never been recovered (Preston Crown Court)
• R v S - Representing the first defendant in a multi-handed three week long trial concerning a business alleged to have facilitated the retention of over £½ million of stolen and counterfeit goods (Leeds Crown Court)
• R v G - Junior counsel for the second defendant in a 13 handed case involving an international Conspiracy to supply cocaine, valued at tens of millions of pounds (Liverpool Crown Court)
• R v B - Led junior representing the second defendant in a four week trial concerning charges of corruption between City councillors and local businessmen (Maidstone Crown Court)
• R v H - Representing the first defendant charged with s.18 GBH and Affray as a result of an alleged knife fight (Snaresbrook Crown Court)
• R v B - Junior counsel in a multi-handed case concerning a Conspiracy to supply heroin (Bradford Crown Court)
• R v M - Representing the first defendant in money laundering charges of over £100k (Central Criminal Court)
• R v H - Junior counsel for the first defendant in a 9 handed case concerning money laundering and mortgage fraud allegations over a 10 year period (Liverpool Crown Court)
Nich is regularly instructed in fast track and multi track trials. His experience includes contractual disputes, solicitor’s negligence, credit hire claims and road traffic accidents. Recent cases include representing the defendant in his defence and counterclaim in a two day multi track trial concerning a contractual dispute, followed by a separate contested costs hearing and representing the claimant in a multi track trial involving allegations of fraud.
Nich regularly advises and represents clients in a broad range of commercial disputes. His experience includes frequent appearances in the High Court and the County Court. He is currently advising in an architectural dispute concerning a significant construction development in Qatar and in relation to a contractual dispute concerning substantial building works at a number of restaurants.
Nich’s employment law experience includes Claimant and Respondent work. Recent cases include representing an employer resisting a claim for Unfair Dismissal (two day hearing, Central London Employment Tribunal) and representing a claimant in his claim for Constructive Dismissal, Unlawful deduction of wages and Race/Religious Discrimination (three day hearing, Reading Employment Tribunal).
Nich regularly advises in personal injury claims and is experienced at drafting schedules of loss, advising on liability and providing opinions concerning quantum. He has also been instructed in employer liability claims, disrepair, injuries arising from road traffic accidents, occupiers liability and actions for breaches of statutory duty.