3PB barrister Nicholas Cotter in first criminal trial since pandemic

14th July 2020

Crime barrister Nicholas CotterNicholas CotterCall: 1999 of 3PB appeared as junior counsel for the defence in the first criminal trial in the UK to successfully return to the courts since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

The fifty-eight day trial at the Old Bailey involved six young defendants who faced an allegation of murder with the stabbing of a male on the Edgware Road in West London. The case helped provide a working example on the procedures and approaches required to safely start and finish a large criminal jury trial.

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty against Nicholas Cotter's client.

There has been widespread coverage of the case including in the Daily Mirror here and the Sun newspaper here.