Nicholas Smith Crime

Call: 1994


Nick is an experienced criminal practitioner.  He has a wide ranging practice both prosecuting and defending.  Before coming to the Bar he served in the Bristish Army for 16 years, most notably as a small arms instructor with an expertise in weapons safety and explosives.  He participated in a number of courts martials both in the UK and abroad.

Nick has a friendly and approachable manner and is able quickly to put witnesses and defendants at ease so that they feel confident and able to express themselves fully.  He takes time to explain matters and ensure that people do not feel overawed by the court process.

He expresses himself well to juries and has a confident and comfortable manner when making submissions.  Nick ensures that his arguments are easy to follow and delivered in a succint and logical manner.

Nick has been a member of the Criminal Bar Association for many years and is an accredited Rape Prosecutor with the CPS.

Nick has considerable experience prosecuting and defending in violent crime ranging from the more usual street violence through the use of weapons to wound and to being led murder trials.  Trials have involved of expert evidence regarding wounds suffered and the nature of weapons and type of force used.  He is able to defend individuals accused on their own or as part of a group and is adept at modifying his tactics and cross examination in order to obtain the best result for his client.

Courts Martial

As well as being a member of St Philips Criminal Group Nick is a member of the Courts Martial team having had a large amount of experience in that area with his ex military background.

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Fraud, Business and Financial Crime

Nick has partcipated in many trials featuring matters of dishonesty such as burglary theft and fraud. This recently including proscuting family members for stealing money from an elderly lady who had died. It required robust and detailed submissions regarding the law of theft and resulted in a conviction despite submissions having originally been made by the defence that there was no case to answer.
Defending he recently represented a man accused with his brothers of being part of a multi million pound fraud upon banks and other financial institutions. Despite the defendant not giving evidence, through measured and specifically targetted cross examination he ensured the acquittal of his client whilst the other members were convicted.

He has specialised in matters of benefit fraud for some time and has both prosecuted and defended in trials involving large sums of defrauded money. These have included failures to declare income, inheritances, property ownership and cases of couples living together.

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Organised Crime and Terrorism

Nick has considerable experience in acting for both the Crown and the defence in high profile drugs matters. Recently he secured the acquittal at trial of a man prosecuted by SOCA for participating in the importation of cannabis (even where he had made a purported admission to the police) and the co defendant was convicted. He has undertaken numerous trial relating to the importation and supply of class A drugs, cultivation of cannabis and large warehouse type operations worth considerable sums of money . Many of these cases have required detailed analyisis of evidence concerning cell site and telephone records.

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Serious Sexual Offences

Nick has experience in defending and prosecuting in all forms of sexual crime. These have included historic sexual abuse matters through to rape and other sexual assaults. He has had to cross examine very young witnesses on many occasions and has been commended by judges for the sensitive but effective way in which he has done it. Some of the cases he has undertaken have involved the need for intermediaries

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