Nick is a partner in the police team. He specialises in defending public and employers' liability cases against the police, predominantly for regional metropolitan and rural forces, with operational planning and training inputs.
According to recent editions of Chamber & Partners UK Guide to the Legal Profession, he “maintains a superb reputation for his work in this field.” Other testimonials cite his “affability and helpfulness”, “on point knowledge of complex police law”, the “consistent application of his very fine critical faculties” and "immense experience and shrewd analysis.”
Over the years he has been involved in some high profile cases in the area of police law, including the Court of Appeal decisions in Vellino v Greater Manchester Police(duty of care to detainees; ex turpi causa), Donachie v Greater Manchester Police(duty of care to employees; reasonable foreseeability) and McNally v Greater Manchester Police(status of informant evidence).
He also represented Greater Manchester Police in its case against Wigan Athletic football club, in which the recovery of the cost of special police services was considered in the Chancery Division and the Court of Appeal.
Nick also produces many of the firm’s police legal updates and is a regular contributor to Police Professional.
A Human Rights Act claim based on alleged discrimination in the course of proceedings, appealed.
The recorder's conclusion that the full duration of the discharge for a second time of his Taser by a police constable was unlawful was wrong in law.
Personal mitigation to be taken into account when deciding a sanction will be outweighed by the importance of maintaining public confidence in the…
An injury sustained by a civilian detention officer during the transportation of a prisoner to a cell was an unfortunate accident...