Partner & Supervising Solicitor
Nick joined Burton Copeland in 2009, working alongside Gwyn Lewis in the regulatory and motor prosecution team.
Nick sought to diversify his role and became a Duty Solicitor, regularly attending Police Stations and Courts throughout England and Wales. Presently his experience covers a range of regulatory, coronial and white collar areas. Nick handles cases with international scope and multi-agency investigations, having experience in matters brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, Crown Prosecution Service, UKAD, IPCC and HMRC
Nick boasts a formidable success rate in defending complex and technical offences and acts regularly for a number of high profile individuals and companies. Nick is renowned for his professional approach, tactically astute advice and resolute advocacy.
R v S – Representing a client involved in a high profile multi million pound HMRC investigation.
R v L– Defending a police officer accused of Causing Serious Injury whilst Dangerous Driving, during a high speed response. Client acquitted after trial.
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.
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.
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 Case withdrawn and client acquitted.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.
Details of some of the cases and press reports are below: