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

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers

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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 has an amazingly calm persona, even when dealing with the most difficult of cases and clients. This unflappable demeanour also manifests itself into the courtroom and makes him a very jury friendly advocate.

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Johnson QCExchange ChambersA silk with a great court presence. He has a very easy manner with clients.

At Exchange Chambers in Leeds, the ‘robust advocateChristopher Tehrani QC ‘is noted for his fearless, dogged, but courteous approach in the courtroom, and his ability to react swiftly to dynamic situations as they arise‘. Andrew Haslam QC is sought after for his expertise in prosecuting and defending in high-value financial crime and fraud cases, including investment and VAT fraud. Cybercrime is a particular strength of Nicholas Johnson QC‘s practice, while Andrew Petterson is instructed in cases involving historic sexual offences, serious violence and large-scale drugs conspiracies.