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Nigel Lickley QC

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3PB (Chambers of David Berkley QC)

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Crime; Public Law.


Nigel Lickley QC is a criminal specialist. His work includes general and regulatory crime and fraud. He prosecutes and defends. His recent cases include:

Privy Council:

  • Lawrence v The State [2014] UKPC 2, successful appeal against murder conviction from Jamaican Court of Appeal. Successfully argued issues concerned dock identifications and confession evidence of younger brother of co accused. Case also concerned, lack of good character direction, jury management amid alleged tampering/intimidation directions to the jury, retrial and alternative defences;
  • Ackerley v Her Majesty’s AG for the Isle of Man [2013] UKPC 26, successfully resisted appeal against conviction. Case concerned sexual assault and admissibility of expert evidence in the context of the defendants autism. Responses to questioning, admissions, delay and interview techniques relevant.


  • R v C (2014-P) murder of baby and earlier offences of GBH with intent (skull and rib fractures) by father. Triad of injuries established after shake/impact event leading to collapse and death;
  • R v B (2014-D) one of four doormen accused of manslaughter (unlawful and gross negligence) of nightclub customer by restraint;
  • R v Benguit (Court of Appeal 2014-P) renewed appeal via CCRC of murder conviction linked to double murder R v Restivo and allegations viable alternative killer identified;
  • R v Dennehy (2014- D), three murders of men in Peterborough and two attempted murders of strangers in Hereford. Full life term imposed;
  • R v H (2013- P), murder/manslaughter (diminished responsibility) issues. Victim killed by friend and body mutilated then dismembered and disposed of in parts. Case concerned use of cat hair DNA to match hairs from defendant’s cat and those found on a curtain used to wrap torso of the victim. As a result Leicester University have established the UK’s first cat hair DNA database. Defendant assisted by an intermediary;
  • R v S and others (2013- P), drug gang member related murder of drug user from another group following chase. Issues included extent of any joint enterprise, and disassociation;
  • R v W and others (2012- D), group stole from an associate, assaulted and then murdered victim having detained him in a flat over a weekend. Body disposed of and burnt in a bin;
  • R v Brand (2012- P), knife point robbery and murder of stranger pursued from a pub late night in quiet residential street in Dorset. Appeal concerning adducing of new evidence successfully resisted;
  • R v Vincent Tabak, murder of Joanna Yeates, Bristol Crown Court, October 2011.

Fraud/revenue and customs:

  • R v H (2012- D) banking finance fraud alleged concerning financing of business development site;
  • R v S and others (2009-2010 D), RCPO prosecution of large scale alcohol excise fraud (operation Tangello).

Health and safety:

  • R v LSC and Others (2009 – D), fatal accident due to fall from high level after scaffolding collapse.


Called 1983; Gray’s Inn; QC 2006; recorder; leader of the Western Circuit (2010-13); bencher Gray’s Inn 2011. Western Circuit Wine treasurer 1993-94; Western Circuit Junior 1994-99.


Western Circuit; CBA.


University College London (1982 LLB); Inns of Court School of Law.

Regional Bar : Western Circuit


Within: Crime – Leading silks

Nigel Lickley QC - 3PBHighly experienced in prosecuting and defending across serious crime cases.

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