Nick Barraclough LLB (Hons).
As an experienced trial barrister, my job is to fight for my clients in court. I am known as a fearless advocate who is determined to get the best possible result for my clients.
I’m based in chambers at 2 Bedford Row, which is described by the Legal 500 (2020) as a Tier 1 leading set of barristers – ‘a Powerhouse’, ‘the Rolls-Royce of criminal sets’, ‘bursting with heavyweight counsel’, and ‘packed full of talented juniors with bags of potential’. In addition to its expertise in fraud and business and regulatory crime, the set also has ‘a strong presence and pedigree’ in the field of health and safety law. When asked how the set could improve, one solicitor replied: ‘Short of cloning some of its members to make them more available, it is hard to say.’
I specialise in representing people who are accused of doing something wrong, whether the proceedings involve a criminal court or other tribunal such as a sports or regulatory board. The bulk of my practice involves defending those accused of very serious misconduct such as serious fraud or homicide, but I also conduct private cases in less serious cases, such as driving offences, theft and assault.
I was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1990, since when I’ve established myself as one of London’s leading criminal barristers with a wide ranging private practice (though I still undertake some legal aid work).
Registered with the Bar Council to accept direct access (public access) instructions, I am also an accredited Pupil Supervisor (qualified to train barristers) and am recommended as a leading barrister by the Legal 500 directory.
When not working, I try to find time to spend with family, and enjoy playing and watching most sports, particularly football, rugby (played for the Honourable Artillery Company Rugby Club), cricket (I help with coaching at a Surrey Premier Division Cricket Club), long distance running (especially with Rafa, the family Catalan Sheepdog), tennis and golf. I also write novels and aspire to be published.