Areas of expertise

Nick specialises in advising and representing individual and corporate clients in a range of criminal and regulatory matters.

In recent years, Nick has acted in some of the most high-profile and complex investigations into fraud, bribery, tax offences, money laundering and asset forfeiture in the UK and abroad. He is frequently involved in cases conducted by the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority and HMRC, as well as international investigators, prosecutors and regulators.

Nick also has expertise in general crime matters, having provided advice from the police station to the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts on offences including murder, rape and grievous bodily harm to VAT fraud, drink-driving, possession of indecent images and misconduct in public office.

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Recent work

  • Advising a client involved UK FCA and US Department of Justice investigations, and subsequent UK–US extradition proceedings, arising out of loans worth $2bn made by European banks and guaranteed by the Government of Mozambique.
  • Representing a client prosecuted for conspiracy to defraud arising from participation in allegedly fraudulent tax avoidance schemes. All charges were subsequently dismissed or discontinued and the client received a six-figure costs award.
  • Advising a professional interviewed under caution by the SFO concerning alleged false accounting and failure to report knowledge or suspicion of money laundering, and representing the same client in subsequent FRC regulatory proceedings.
  • Advising clients interviewed under caution in several SFO investigations related to alleged LIBOR manipulation, corrupt payments to foreign officials, false accounting and conspiracy to defraud.
  • Advising clients under investigation by HMRC on suspicion of criminal tax offences, including recipients of COP9 notices.
  • Advising clients subject to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, including Restraint Orders, Accounting Freezing Orders and Moratorium Applications.
  • Representing clients in FCA investigations into fitness and propriety, unauthorised regulated activity and breach of Money Laundering Regulations.
  • Advising on potential liability of companies and directors in respect of corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety offences.
  • In 2020, Nick undertook a secondment with the Litigation & Investigations team of a Magic Circle firm in London, advising corporate clients on cross-border bribery and money-laundering issues.

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Nick began his legal career as a paralegal at Corker Binning in 2011, before training at a Top 100 Firm where he gained experience of civil litigation, including High Court trials, investigating workplace accidents and representing interested parties at inquests.

He qualified as a solicitor in 2014, re-joined Corker Binning in 2015 and became a Senior Associate in 2020.

Nick studied English at University College London and the GDL and LPC at the College of Law, achieving a distinction in both and a First Class Honours LLB. Prior to studying law, Nick was Director of Communications at Families Need Fathers, a charity providing advice and assistance to separated parents.

He was a member of the Justice Working Party on Prosecuting Sexual Offences, and frequently presents to firms and departments on the basics of criminal law for family and private client law.

Nick is the author of ‘What Family Lawyers Need to Know About Criminal Law’, published in conjunction with Resolution. He frequently writes for the mainstream and specialist press on important and developing issues of criminal and regulatory law.    

Nick is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, the Health and Safety Lawyers Association and Justice.

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News and Posts

Nick Barnard comments on FRC’s proposal to increase the duty on auditors

Confusion remains for crime, fraud and iniquity in search warrant applications

Nick Barnard writes for GRR on FCA being likely to go after participants involved in cum-ex trading strategies

Nick Barnard writes for Global Legal Post on legal professional privilege

Crime, fraud and iniquity: How can an allegation of wrongdoing override Legal Professional Privilege?

Nick Barnard comments in Law360 on UWOs

What can we learn from NCA v Baker & ors?

Nick Barnard writes for Law360 about comity when laws conflict

Defying Peter to comply with Paul – English courts keep control over disclosure conflicts

Nick Barnard comments in The Times on NDAs in discrimination cases

Claire Cross and Nick Barnard discuss the criminal future of AML enforcement in Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence

Nick Barnard examines recent Court of Appeal judgments and confiscation orders in Law360

Money laundering and confiscation – Court of Appeal approves tough approach to calculating benefit

Nick Barnard and Jessica Parker examine the recent reports on the Bribery Act 2010 and the OPBAS in GIR

Bribery Act shines whilst AML supervision struggles

Nick Barnard examines the case of Lane & Letts in The Law Society Gazette, Lawyer Monthly and CrimeLine

Unintentionally funding terror and the implications for professionals

Nick Barnard and Edward Grange examine the Sentencing Council’s Manslaughter Definitive Guideline in The Times Law Brief

Nick Barnard examines the Sentencing Council’s Manslaughter Definitive Guideline in CrimeLine

The Crimes They Are A Changin’ – How headlines influence guidelines

Nick Barnard discusses corporate health & safety offenders in New Law Journal

Whirlpool appeal – two years on but ‘very large’ fines remain restrained

Nick Barnard discusses the Haralambous Supreme Court judgment in Fraud Intelligence

Behind closed doors – open justice and challenging search warrants

Nick Barnard’s case study on corporate manslaughter in Ethical Business Practice and Regulation

Nick Barnard discusses the consequences of arrest for professionals in CrimeLine and Criminal Law & Justice Weekly

The consequences of arrest for professionals

Nick Barnard discusses police arrests in the past decade in Criminal Law & Justice Weekly

Patterns in the Noise – Data on crime, arrests and disposals

Human Intelligence and Police Informers – Separating Law from Operational Strategy

Nick Barnard discusses prosecuting gross negligence manslaughter in Criminal Law & Justice Weekly

Prosecuting Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Passing the buck – ex turpi causa and third party liability for criminal penalties

Pre-Charge Bail – Reform has arrived, but is it enough?

Reviewing prosecutorial decisions: who benefits?

Pre-Charge Bail – Reform on the way, but is changing the law enough?

Speculative prosecution undermines a tragedy

Nick Barnard’s article on the first corporate manslaughter prosecution against the NHS published in The Times

Culpability and mitigation – sentencing in medical gross negligence manslaughter

Nick Barnard article re sentencing in medical gross negligence manslaughter featured in Criminal Law & Justice Weekly

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