Nick Barraclough > Chambers of William Clegg QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of William Clegg QC
2 Bedford Row


Nick Barraclough is known as criminal defence advocate who has a knack of getting to the heart of a case. In recent years he has been instructed in cases of serious fraud, large-scale multi-handed drugs conspiracies, slavery cases and the most serious sexual offences. He prides himself on offering sensible and straightforward advice, but also being approachable and user-friendly; his experience of defending in some of the largest and most serious criminal cases in recent years enables him to offer a strategic approach to complex cases.


Nick is regarded as a trial lawyer; he is very much at home in front of a jury, but is often instructed to advise on a wide variety of cases linked to general crime and financial crime. He also represents high-net worth and celebrity clients.


Although best known for his defence work, Nick is a Grade 4 prosecutor. He was instructed pre-charge in the prosecution of the rogue surgeon Ian Paterson who was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for operating unnecessarily on his patients. He has also been instructed to prosecute cases of homicide, multi-handed fraud cases, and was one of the very first rape specialist prosecutors.


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Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


LLB Hons; BVC.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Nick Barraclough2 Bedford RowHardworking, bright and an accomplished advocate.

A set ‘packed with heavyweights and juniors with potential‘, 2 Bedford Row  prosecutes some of the most complex criminal cases, with a track record of some of the high-profile sexual offence cases in recent years. Brian Altman QC prosecuted Russell Bishop in a retrial concerning the “Babes in the Wood” murders in 1986 – Bishop, who was already serving a life sentence for a separate attempted murder of a girl, was acquitted in 1987 of the offences. Among the juniors, Christopher Martin represented a man who was acquitted on sexual assault charges following a practical joke at a birthday party in a case which attracted media attention in part because the defendant was a former public schoolboy; Craig Rush successfully represented a mother who, after drowning her 7-year-old son in the bath, was found not guilty by reason of insanity; and Nick Barraclough secured the sole acquital in case containing 11 defendants; the case concerned the importation of cocaine to South Wales by Albanian organised crime – the convicted defendants received sentences totalling 116 years. In addition, work with national security implications is one area of expertise for the set, with a number of members prosecuting terrorism cases, as well as handling military-related cases both for the defence and prosecution in civilian courts, and defence work in courts-martial.