Nicholas represents corporations and individuals in a broad range of white-collar matters. He has a particular interest in financial services regulatory and criminal matters, and recently completed a secondment with the FCA’s enforcement division.
- Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers
- Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA)
- Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA)
Nicholas advises corporate and individual clients across a range of fraud, white-collar and regulatory matters including internal investigations, sanctions, extradition and mutual legal assistance, Interpol Red Notices, restraint, and fraud, bribery and corruption investigations and prosecutions. He also acts for professionals in criminal litigation before the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts.
Nicholas has particular experience of contentious financial services disputes, both regulatory and criminal. In 2015, Nicholas was seconded to the legal and litigation review team in the Financial Conduct Authority’s enforcement division where he advised on a range of matters including market abuse, the application of the FCA’s Handbook provisions (APER, PRIN, etc), supervisory interventions, unauthorised business, and contested applications for FCA approval and authorisation. His experience includes contested matters before the RTC, RDC, and the Upper Tribunal. Nicholas writes regularly on financial services regulatory issues in leading publications.
Representative matters include:
- Advising on an investigation into possible market manipulation in the fixed income market
- Auditing the anti-bribery controls of a multinational corporation
- An internal investigation for a major UK financial institution
- Advising a corporate immunity applicant in an OFT/CMA criminal cartel investigation
- Advising a third-party subject to multi-jurisdictional restraint proceedings
- Acting for an individual facing parallel civil proceedings in, and mutual legal assistance request from, a foreign jurisdiction
- Securing the acquittal of the president of an international pharmaceuticals concern, charged with dishonesty offences
Nicholas was called to the Bar as a Bedingfield (Major) Scholar of Gray’s Inn in 2010. He holds an LLM from University College, London.
- Prosecution discontinue proceedings against client charged with serious sexual offence
- Advising a multi-national corporation on bribery and corruption issues
- Substantial costs award made following acquittal of client charged with dishonesty offences
- Bribery and corruption review for a multi-national corporation