Nick Terry


Nick Joined Burton Copeland in 2009 as a trainee solicitor and qualified in 2011 in the Road Traffic department, under the guidance of Gwyn Lewis.

Nick is a qualified Duty Solicitor and regularly attends Police Stations and Magistrates Court in the Greater Manchester area and beyond, to represent those arrested and charged with a wide range of criminal offences.

His specialism is Road Traffic offences and he boasts a formidable success rate in defending complex and technical motoring offences and acts regularly for a number of high profile individuals. Dealing with cases varying from speeding to causing death by dangerous driving, Nick is renowned for his professional approach, expert advice and resolute advocacy.

Notable Cases:

R v L- Defending a police officer accused of Causing Serious Injury whilst Dangerous Driving, during a high speed response. Client acquitted after trial.

MEN Coverage

R v B – Defending a professional driver charged with causing death by careless driving after he turned across an oncoming motorbike, resulting in the death of the pillion. Client acquitted after trial.

Birmingham Mail Coverage

R v A – Defending a police officer charged with dangerous driving during a high speed pursuit that resulted in a collision. Client acquitted after trial. The Officer was convicted of the lesser offence careless driving but ‘Special Reasons’ were argued so he was awarded an absolute discharge with no fine, penalty points or disqualification.

BBC Coverage

R v S – Successfully defending a professional sportsman accused of causing death by dangerous driving after falling asleep and colliding with another vehicle.

R v S – Defending a client seen on CCTV snorting a white substance and driving. Successfully argued that a procedural error rendered the toxicology report inadmissible leaving no evidence of drugs. Case withdrawn and client acquitted.

R v H – Defending a professional sportsman accused of failing to provide driver details. Successfully appealed the conviction

R v H – Successfully arguing after appeal, under the ‘slip rule’ that inadequate service rendered a speeding conviction unsafe. Client acquitted.

R v P- Defending a football player for an allegation of speeding. Despite admitting being the driver, technical issues concerning the service of a notice of intended prosecution allowed for a successful acquittal.

Daily Mail Coverage