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Mr Nicholas Johnson QC

Called to the Bar: July 1987 Inner Temple.

Appointed Queens Counsel: 2006.

Practice Areas


Mr Johnson does predominantly crime and crime related work including:


  • Homicide – including recent experience in the following areas
  • Health & Safety
  • Gross Negligence Manslaughter
  • Alleged gangland executions


  • Drugs – large scale importations and distribution nextwork
  • Fraud – M.T.I.C/ Carousel
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Confiscation


“He is exceptional on his feet” (Legal 500 2018) – Ranked tier 1  

“Has considerable experience as both prosecutor and defender in a broad range of serious criminal cases. He is particularly known for his ability to handle challenging homicide cases, including murder, gross negligence manslaughter and gangland executions. He is also instructed in cases concerning drugs, serious sexual offences and health and safety.”

Strengths: “Nicholas is excellent, he is very good at collating information and understanding complex evidence in a clear way.” “An innovative leading counsel who is the man to go to if highly complex legal submissions are required.”

Recent work: Instructed to prosecute a six-handed gangland murder case involving the targeted assassination of a man outside a pub in Manchester.
(Chambers and Partners 2018)


“Has considerable experience as both prosecutor and defender on a broad range of serious criminal cases. He is particularly known for his ability to handle challenging homicide cases, including murder and gangland executions”

Strengths: “He is absolutely meticulous, he’s very impresive” “He is particularly good, destined for great things.”

Recent Work: “Acted for the prosecution in R v Donovan, Taylor and Spendlove, relating to the murder of Merseyside PC Neil Doyle and the serious assault of two other police officers.

(Chambers and Partners 2017)


“His recent practice is concentrated on all forms of homicides, including manslaughter and those resulting from negligence and gangland executions. He also has a strong track record of handling drugs and fraud cases. He equally acts in prosecution and defence.

Strengths: “His obvious qualities are thorough preparation and the ability to deal with differing types of witness. He is quite prepared to stick to his guns.

Recent Work: Acted in the R v O’Shaughnessy and Others case involving gang street violence that culminated in the fatal stabbing of a young man.

(Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He has an excellent ability to deal with different types of witnesses” (Legal 500 2016) – Ranked tier 1

“His expertise includes multi-handed drugs conspiracies,fraud, and money laundering” (Legal 500 2015) – Ranked tier 1

“An experienced criminal specialist noted for his expertise in homicide cases and large scale conspiracies to import or distribute drugs.

Recent Work: Acted for a defendant accused of murdering another man who had suffered a brain haemorrhage following an unprovoked assault”

(Chambers and Partners 2015)

The UK Legal 500 2014 – Crime Leading Silks – “Always available to discuss a case”

Chambers UK Bar 2013 Johnson, Nicholas




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