Mr Nicholas Johnson QC > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
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Nick specialises in criminal fraud and associated commercial and financial work. He has considerable experience of large scale prosecutions brought by the SFO, FSA/FCA, MHRA, HMRC, CPS Fraud Group and Trading Standards in the UK and equivalent proceedings abroad, including US white collar and corporate fraud investigations brought by the FBI/Department of Justice and the SEC.

Alongside his fraud specialism, Nick continues to act for individuals charged with serious and organised criminal offences, including murder, corporate manslaughter, firearms and large drugs conspiracies. He is skilled at appellate work, having appeared twice in the House of Lords and brought fresh successful appeals against conviction in the Court of Appeal.

Nick also has extensive experience of regulatory and professional misconduct proceedings, acting for individuals, directors and companies. These proceedings often overlap with his criminal fraud practice. He has also represented police officers, teachers, solicitors and other professionals over the years, whether in the Crown Court, before their disciplinary body or at inquests.


Called 1994; QC 2016; Attorney General’s Unified List of Advocates (2006); Category 4 Prosecutor – Specialist Lists for Complex Crime Unit and Fraud Unit (2008)


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Council North American Group


  • A. (Ebor) English (1st Class)
  • Law, B.V.C. (London)
  • Pupil Supervisor

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Johnson QCExchange ChambersHe is a phenomenal advocate, both in his written and oral presentation. I would wish him to represent me if I were in trouble-the best guarantee of a favourable outcome.

Exchange ChambersNicholas Johnson QC is described as a ‘phenomenal advocate‘ for complex financial and business crime disputes prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office. Johnson QC has particular expertise in bribery and corruption cases, including multi-jurisdictional investigations. He was retained as UK counsel in a criminal trial before the Fraud Court in Athens, and on appeal, in relation to an investigation into alleged corporate bribery of surgeons to use Johnson & Johnson medical devices.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Johnson QCExchange ChambersA master tactician with a wonderful court presence, he manages the team expertly – simply the real deal.