Nicholas Hall

Call: 2016

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    Great strength in depth both in relation to their expertise and breadth of experience from juniors through to their QCs.

    Legal 500, 2022

    Personal profile

    Nicholas is a determined barrister and a skilled advocate. He is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in Crime, Business Crime & Fraud and Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary cases.

    In the Crown Court, Nicholas has a busy practice prosecuting and defending in cases across the Criminal spectrum. Nicholas is a CPS Grade 2 Prosecutor.

    In Professional Discipline, Nicholas has experience representing professionals at Fitness to Practise Committee proceedings.
    Nicholas has also represented Regulators, such as the NMC, GMC and BSB.

    Nicholas has experience representing both families of the deceased and medical professionals in Inquests at the Coroners Court.

    Nicholas has experience in disclosure and has taken part in large Financial cases whilst on secondment at White & Case LLP.

    Shortly after being called to the bar, Nicholas received a Kalisher Award for his essay on Criminal Evidence and Procedure. Before practising at the Bar, Nicholas gained valuable experience working in the legal, educational, and charity sectors.

    Nicholas received an international scholarship and spent nineteen months in Tokyo working undertaking intensive Japanese studies, whilst working at Hogan Lovells and at the Japanese Association of Refugees.

    Nicholas also completed a Masters in Law and Social Sciences in Cuba on a prestigious EU scholarship. Whilst completing an MPhil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge, Nicholas researched Irish Travellers’ and Roma Gypsies’ perceptions and experiences of the criminal justice system.

    Nicholas is currently a member of the Dobbs Review Team considering whether the issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities at the time by LBG, following its acquisition of HBOS.

    Crime

    Nicholas has built a strong all-round criminal practice. As well as accepting instructions from a number of highly respected defence firms, Nicholas is a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor and has also prosecuted on behalf of various public and private bodies. He is an experienced and passionate jury advocate.

    Featured cases

    • R v T [2022] Represented youth defendant in a multi-handed affray trial regarding weapons at CC. Not guilty verdict.
    • R v C [2022] Represented Defendant in sentence for multi-handed class A drugs conspiracy.
    • R v H [2011] Represented Defendant in sexual offence trial. Not guilty verdict.
    • R v S [2021] Represented Defendant in child neglect case. Not guilty verdict.
    • R v C [2021] Prosecuted perverting the course of justice trial.
    • R v S [2021] Prosecuted Class A PWITs trial.

    Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary

    A large part of Nicholas’s practice is dedicated to regulatory work in healthcare regulation, and in criminal regulatory cases. He has acted for the NMC in serious fitness to practice proceedings including involving the death of a child patient. He also has worked for other regulatory bodies, including the GMC and for the BSB in a case regarding alleged dishonesty.

    Nicholas has a busy practice representing medical professionals on behalf of the RCN. He has represented individuals accused of sexual misconduct towards patients, colleagues and members of the public. He is currently instructed by the RCN in a PSA appeal to the High Court.

    Featured cases

    • NMC v F [currently instructed] Defending registrant in FTP proceedings in sexual offence case.
    • NMC v H [2022] (Represented registrant in case involving allegations of racism)
    • NMC v Z [2022] Represented registrant in case involving allegations of homophobic bullying.
    • GMC v Z [2022] Represented GMC in SOR regarding the Doctor’s health and previous conviction.
    • BSB v X [2021] Represented BSB in case involving bullying and dishonesty.

    Inquests & Inquiries

    Nicholas has experience representing families of the deceased in Inquest Proceedings at Coroners’ Courts. On several occasions he has been instructed by Hogan Lovells pro-bono to represent families of the deceased unable to receive legal aid.

    Nicholas has also represented medical professionals as Interested Parties to the Inquests, including in Article 2 cases.
    Nicholas is currently a member of the Dobbs Review Team considering whether the issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities at the time by LBG, following its acquisition of HBOS.

    Featured cases

    • Dobbs Inquiry (Currently Instructed) – Key member of the Dame Linda Dobbs Review to allegations of fraud within a Bank.
    • X (2021 inquest) – Represented family of deceased inquest regarding possible suicide.
    • Y (2021 inquest) – Represented Registrant nurse in case involving allegations of medical negligence.
    • Z (2021 inquest) – Represented Registrant in case involving allegations of neglect.

    Education

    • Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School
    • Masters in Law and Social Sciences, Universidad Central de las Villas, Cuba
    • MPhil in Criminological Legal Research, Cambridge University
    • BA (Hons), Cambridge University

    Awards

    • Kalisher Trust Essay Prize
    • Daiwa Foundation Scholarship
    • Animo Chevere EU Scholarship

    Professional Appointments

    • Criminal Bar Association, social mobility committee member.
    • CPS Advocate Panel, Level 2

    Memberships

    • CBA
    • Kalisher Trust
    • Health and Safety
    • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

    Languages

    • Spanish (Advanced)
    • Japanese (Intermediate)
    • French (Intermediate)