Nicholas is a lawyer and advocate in Capsticks’ Clinical Law Department. He has a medical background, having studied medical biochemistry as an undergraduate, a number of medical law subjects as part of his LLM and on the Academy of Forensic Sciences Diploma course.
Nicholas has wide-ranging experience in providing a specialist advocacy and advisory service to clients. Prior to joining Capsticks, he primarily represented defendants as a criminal trial advocate, usually in serious cases in the Crown Court involving complex forensic and medical evidence, particularly homicide, terrorism and other violent and sexual offences. Nicholas has also appeared as an advocate in many mental health tribunal hearings, particularly those involving hospital and restriction orders and, from 2013-2016, was on the Law Society’s mental health accredited advocates’ panel for representing some of the most vulnerable detained patients. In addition he has represented clients at Parole Board Hearings and in relation to public law matters in the family courts.
Since joining Capsticks, Nicholas has practised primarily in the field of coroner’s inquests. He advises a full-range of public and private healthcare organisations in relation to coronial law and appears as an advocate on their behalf at inquests. Nicholas has a particular interest in Article 2 inquests arising out of deaths in psychiatric detention or involving mental health issues more widely, and also in cases involving paramedics, emergency medicine and anaesthesia.
Southwark Coroner’s Court - 2016 – four-week death in custody jury inquest, appearing on behalf of an NHS Trust who provided psychiatric services within a Category A prison. One of six ‘Interested Persons’. Complex legal arguments about jury conclusions (Lewis / Tainton case law).
Central Criminal Court - 2016 – s.18 wounding with intent – appeared on behalf of a defendant accused of a violent gang-related stabbing.
Central Criminal Court - 2014 – Terrorism Act – part of a large legal team representing the first female to be prosecuted for assisting ISIS fighters in Syria.
LLB (University of Law (GDL + BVC)
BSc Medical Biochemistry (University of Bristol)
Cert FMS – Academy of Forensic Medical Science