Nick Barraclough Criminal Law Barrister

Criminal Law Barrister
A committed and experienced advocate.

Recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading barrister:

  •        “An advocate who never misses a point.”(Legal 500 2019)
  •        “He achieves brilliant results through his ability to spot points others have missed.”  (Legal 500 2018)     

Nick Barraclough is a barrister who specialises in representing those facing proceedings in courts and tribunals. He is a member of the Chambers of Andrew Trollope QC at 187 Fleet Street, one of London’s best criminal barristers’ chambers.

Nick’s practice is wide ranging and extensive. He gained experience fighting trials in Crown Courts throughout England and Wales, and has now proven his ability to manage voluminous and complex cases which require a strategic overview. He is sought in serious and privately funded cases, though still undertakes legal aid work.

Nick is an expert in defending cases alleging fraud, business & white collar crime,  organised crime, money laundering, drugs cases, rape and serious sexual allegations, and serious offences against the person. He also undertakes advisory, and appeal work, asset forfeiture and restraint, and disciplinary and regulatory work.

The Legal 500 Directory recommends Nick as a leading junior barrister. Nick also appeared as a ‘leader in the field’ for three consecutive years in Chambers and Partners Legal Directory, and has spoken as an expert on legal matters on BBC Radio 4.

Examples of Nick’s work include the following:

Op Berg Meeker and Op Bygone:  immigration and tax fraud investigations by the Home Office and HMRC led to a trial which has now entered its ninth month at Southwark Crown Court.

Before that, Nick represented KS who was accused of conspiring to supply Cocaine in multi-kilo quantities. After a six-week trial, KS was the only defendant to be acquitted. The co-defendants received a total of 116 years’ imprisonment:

Nick was instructed to advise and then to prosecute in the case of Ian Paterson who was convicted of carrying out unnecessary operations on patients and received a sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment:

Nick represented TOWIE’s Michael Hassini who was acquitted of assault.

Defended Richard Rye at the Old Bailey in a case involving the largest ever importation of firearms into the UK.

Nick represented a lady at the Old Bailey who was acquitted after it was alleged she ran a company and diverted money from the company into personal bank accounts in order to suppress profits and cheat HMRC of VAT, Corporation Tax and Income Tax.

Nick defended Irene Smith in a conspiracy to murder case which attracted national press attention when it was suggested that Irene Smith planned with her bigamist husband to kill his other wife in order to protect a family property development. Although Irene Smith provided a false alibi and concealed clothes worn by the murderer, she was found not guilty of conspiracy to murder. Nick Barraclough argued to secure the minimum sentence for her when she was convicted on less serious offences.

Bournemouth Echo Article
BBC News Website

Nick prosecuted a case involving the horrific abuse and attempted rape of a toddler girl. The defendant was sentenced to a total of 17 years and 4 months imprisonment.

R v LE, Newport Crown Court: Nick was instructed to defend in this ‘Crash for Cash’ conspiracy to defraud case which, with 86 defendants, is said to be the largest case ever in the Crown Court.
86 People in Crash for Cash Insurance Conspiracy, The Guardian

R v TC: Cardif Crown Court: Nick represented the first defendant in this case which was the subject of a BBC Scambusers programme.
BBC News Website
Pitiless Gang Preyed on Elderly Victims, South Wales Evening Post

Rv D: Instructed to defend in this ‘slavery’ case that attracted national press attention.
BBC News Website

R v TC: Luton Crown Court, Nick led the defence team for TC, one of the main defendants in a 3 month trial at Luton Crown Court which broke legal ground and attracted national and international press attention as one of the country’s first ever ‘slavery’ prosecutions. After two hard-fought trials, TS  was acquitted of all charges, though others were convicted.
Read the article in the Telegraph >, and at
BBC News Website

R v H: Nick’s client was the only one to be acquitted in this  £5.5 million Class A drug importation case at Chelmsford Crown Court.

R v P: A serious and sophisticated fraud with a potential loss of £20million in which Nick represented the main defendant. P wished to plead guilty and Nick conducted the plea, sentence, and confiscation proceedings.
Oldham Men Jailed for 3M Elaborate Fraud, Greater Manchester News

R v GM: Prosecuted the Luton serial rapist who was sentenced to 23 years’ imprisonment: