Nigel Lickley QCHead of Chambers

Year of Call: 1983
Year of Silk: 2006
Secure Email: nigel.lickley.qc@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 01962 868 884  

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Public and Regulatory

Since taking Silk in 2006 Nigel Lickley QC has appeared in cases reflecting his work as a junior in the field of Regulatory Crime and Confiscation.

He has appeared in the following cases:

  • CPS & MCA v Doug Innes and Stormforce Coaching (Cheeki Rafiki) (2018) Prosecuted defendant charged with 4 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence after failing to ensure the safety of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki that capsized in the Atlantic causing the deaths of the four crew.  Technically complex
  • R v ROKBUILD Ltd and Blackmore 2007 (Health and Safety prosecutions following serious accident at MOD site)
  • R v Rochester 2007 (Confiscation hearings after earlier convictions for importation / supply of cocaine)
  • R v Simon Michael 2007 (Confiscation hearings after earlier convictions - Advanced fee fraud)

Trading standards

  • R v C and others (2015 - P) Trading standards prosecution concerning operation of solar panel business. Convictions for unfair / misleading contracts and fraud - Consumer protection from unfair trading regulations 2008. Multi victim case across South East England.
  • R v Hussain (P - 2011) Prosecution of estate agents for wrongful retention of student property deposits. Offences under Fraud Act, TS regulations (Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 - CPR's ) and POCA.
  • R v Bateman and others (P -2011) Prosecution of 'rogue trader' builders claiming for poor , incomplete and inadequate work performed to the homes of elderly and vulnerable consumers. Prosecution across two local authority areas. Offences under Fraud Act, TS regulations (Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 - CPR's) ,money laundering  and POCA.

Health and Safety
Before taking silk in 2006 Nigel Lickley QC developed a practice in regulatory crime including Health and Safety Offences, European Milk Quota Fraud (Intervention Board now DEFRA), DTI (company and director offences) and in a number of multi defendant cases particularly for HM Customs and Excise and the CPS. Prior to the combined list of Crown advocates (junior counsel to the Crown) he was appointed grade A for both the DTI and HM Customs and Excise.

His workload also included cases that concerned drug importations, VAT fraud (MTIC) and evasion offences. Given that workload he has extensive experience of criminal matters.

In his early practice at the Bar he also benefited from a civil law background particularly in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence providing a valuable background in industrial accident litigation and the associated issues of causation, breach of duty and foreseeability.

Cases include:

  • CPS & MCA v Doug Innes and Stormforce Coaching (Cheeki Rafiki) (2018) Prosecuted defendant charged with 4 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence after failing to ensure the safety of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki that capsized in the Atlantic causing the deaths of the four crew.  Technically complex
  • R v ROKBUILD Ltd and Blackmore 2007 Prosecutions for offences relating to serious accident resulting in a 22 year old labourer being left paralysed. Issues arising included – supervision, training, contractual obligations in a multi-agency situation, method statements and risk assessments, inductions, corporate responsibility, pre tender assessments, and reporting to HSE.
  • SECALT Ltd and others . Case concerned double fatality on the Severn Bridge. Issues concerned design of maintenance gantries, use and maintenance of the machinery and corporate responsibility.
  • R v LSC and Others (2009 - D) - Fatal accident due to fall from high level after scaffolding collapse.
  • R v SSG (2008 - D) - Prosecution of specialist glazing company following fall by contractor from plaza dome at Centre Parcs' complex at night when replacement glass panels being installed.

Proceeds of Crime
Before taking silk in 2006 Nigel Lickley QC acted in a number of multi defendant cases particularly for HM Customs and Excise and the CPS. The cases concerned drug importations, VAT fraud (MTIC) and evasion offences. Given that workload he has extensive experience of criminal matters and related DTA and CJA confiscation hearings.

  • R v Rochester and others (2007) Instructed to prosecute the confiscation hearings following earlier convictions for importation of cocaine from Jamaica and money laundering offences. Case concerned large scale benefit and the recovery of hidden assets, properties in the UK, rental income, joint ownership with partners and assets owned abroad. Maximum term Financial Reporting Order made – S.76 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
  • R v Simon Michael (2007) Advanced fee fraud. Multiple victims worldwide induced to invest many millions of pounds in non existent projects or to help others. Complicated banking trail existed with many transfers and withdrawals. Accounts used worldwide. Foreign enquiries particularly in Africa. Lengthy confiscation hearings - hidden assets found to exist.
  • R v Emmett and Emmett - House of Lords [1996] AC 773. Convictions following large scale importation of cannabis into the UK by sea. Appeal concerned assumptions made for purposes of confiscation and their binding effect / Defendant’s acceptance of prosecutor’s statement and if done as a result of a mistake of law. Use and extent thereof and the limits of agreements for purposes of determining benefit etc.
  • R v X and Z – POCA criminal lifestyle allegations following convictions for offences contrary to S.328 POCA and for harbouring drugs. Complicated issues arising from enquiries into assets, employment, family, property, foreign assets etc.
    R v Tiffin and others (11) 2005 – Large scale counterfeit cigarette operation. Complicated apportionment issues regarding benefit arose following conviction.
  • R v Simon Michael 2005 – Multi million pound worldwide fraud involving victims in many countries approached by email to assist in the removal of assets from Africa. Complex asset forfeiture hearings. Case concerned numerous foreign applications for assistance / efforts to locate missing / hidden assets
  • R v Robertson 2005 – Fraudulent trading conviction. Government learning scheme abuse. Complicated confiscation hearings concerned hidden assets, alleged gifts, and foreign bank accounts in false names.

Recommendations

A leading criminal silk who is also head of chambers at 3PB. He has vast experience as both a prosecutor and defender on a wide range of cases including regulatory crime, white collar fraud and violent offences, including homicides. He is also noted for his ability to handle Trading Standards and military-related cases.
"He made me realise advocacy is an art." "His advice is spot-on."
Recent work: Represented a defendant who pleaded guilty to infanticide following the death of her child shortly after birth.

Chambers UK 2019/Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 1

Strengths: "He has an eye for detail and is kind yet formidable in cross-examination." "He is a well-prepared advocate, whose in-court performances appear effortless."

Chambers UK 2018/Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 1

Strengths: "A very good jury advocate who is great on the human interest side of cases." "A very high-profile barrister with a really brilliant eye for detail who can think outside the box."'

Chambers UK 2017/Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 1

'A prominent criminal advocate on the Western Circuit, who both prosecutes and defends clients on cases ranging from health and safety to white-collar fraud.
Strengths: "He is an incredibly experienced, very senior silk." "He is thoroughly bright and can get points across to laymen. He is also very well prepared."'

Chambers UK 2016/Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 1

'Highly regarded for his experience and expertise across the full range of serious crime. He prosecutes and defends on the most challenging and high-profile cases on the Western Circuit.
Expertise: "He is the full package - he's super-clever, relates to the jury well, and is exceptionally good face to face with clients, particularly with vulnerable clients."'

Chambers UK 2015/Crime - Western Bar - Band 1

'His exceptional experience and advocacy skills make him a standout criminal silk. He defends and prosecutes on all serious criminal cases including regulatory and fraud matters.
Expertise: “He is an excellent advocate, knowledgeable, very thorough in his preparation and able to inspire clients through his confidence.”'

Chambers UK 2014/Crime - Western Circuit – Band 1

‘Highly experienced in prosecuting and defending across serious crime cases.’

Legal 500 2018/19/Western Circuit, Crime – Leading silks - Tier 1

‘A formidable advocate; cultivated yet ruthless when making his point.’

Legal 500 2017/Western Circuit, Crime – Leading silks

'He has experience prosecuting in high-profile cases'

Legal 500 2016/London Bar, Crime - Leading Silks

'Gets to the heart of the matter instantly.'

Legal 500 2016/Western Circuit, Crime – Leading silks

'Noted for prosecuting and defending in murder trials.'

Legal 500 Bar 2015/London Bar, Crime: Leading silks

'Extremely forceful and convincing.'

Legal 500 2014/Western Circuit, Crime: Leading Silk

‘3PB has a large regional presence. Nigel Lickley QC attracts praise.’

Legal 500 2013/Western Circuit, Crime.

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Academic qualifications

  • LLB, University College London 1982

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Deputy High Court Judge
  • Recorder Crime and Civil
  • Leader of the Western Circuit 2010-2013
  • Bencher Gray’s Inn

Professional bodies

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

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