Nigel Lickley QC is a criminal specialist. His work includes general and regulatory crime and fraud. He prosecutes and defends.
Nigel Lickley QC - Highly regarded for his experience and expertise across the full range of serious crime. He prosecutes and defends on the most challenging and high-profile cases on the Western Circuit. Expertise: "He is the full package - he's super-clever, relates to the jury well, and is exceptionally good face to face with clients, particularly with vulnerable clients." Recent work: Defended in R v Dennehy, a high-profile triple murder and double attempted murder case.
His recent cases include
Lawrence v The State  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  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 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 including 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.
R v Donovan (2011-P) - Murder and three attempted murders by submariner on board HMS Astute.
R v X (2011 - D) Child cruelty allegations against father of small child. Injuries to different areas of body including fractures suggestive of different mechanisms of force being applied. Case brough after High Court Family division 'fact finding hearings'.
R v. Butkus 2011 (D) Lithuanian defendant charged with murder when he and deceased were observed to be fighting by coastguard when at sea in a small boat.
R v S and Others (2010 - D) - Death occurred following a pub fight. Causation issues arose following determination of cause of death and the rare brain injury suffered by victim. Lawfulness of first blow delivered by S and the uncertainty as to which impact may have caused the fatal injury central to case.
R v Y (2010 - P) - Death by stabbing of defendants brother following her intervention in a fight between her brother and her partner. Provocation and lawful defence of another issue in case.
R v Kibbuka (2010 - P) - Murder of wife and deliberate sedation of children permitting crime to be committed.
R v Towers (2009 - D) - Murder of elderly lady by relative.
R v B and B (2009 - P) - Murder of man walking his dog by strangers.
R v Conan (2009 - D) - Double killing of young mother and four year old child by father. Significant change of mental state between deaths only one hour apart. Development of mental impairment sufficient to justify diminished responsibility finding on second death.
R v Crook (2008 - D) - Double killing of parents. Significant pre-event psychiatric history. Defendant unfit to stand trial issue of 'doing the act' resolved by jury. Defendant unable to attend trial. Conducted throughout by video link.
R v Lovell (2008 - P)- Death of elderly mother by son. Significant pre event psychiatric history.
R v Maitland (2008 - P) - Murder of landlord by tenant.
R v Healy (2008 - P) - Murder of victim during robbery in own home.
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).
R v B and Others (2010 - D) - Large scale importation and distribution of drugs.
R v C (2009 - D) - Insurance company fraud by staff following flood claims and need for work to be performed.
R v W (2008 - D) - NHS fraud
Health and Safety
R v LSC and Others (2009 - D) - Fatal accident due to fall from high level after scaffolding collapse. R v SSG (2008 - D) - Prosecution of specialist glazing company following fall by contractor from plaza dome at Centre Parcs' complex at night when replacement glass panels being installed.
R v Porter (2008 - D) - Serious sexual offences alleged against young male. Victims very young females. R v Gomart (2009 - D) - Trafficking of prostitutes.
R v Tree  - Represented Joan Tree in the fake bomb detector case. Her husband Samuel Tree claimed that plastic devices that he made in his garden shed could detect bombs. Mrs Tree was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment suspended for two years plus 300 hrs community work. For further information see BBC World News - Nigel Lickley
Reported cases include:
Ackerley v R –  UK PC 26. - Admissibility of expert evidence in context of sexual assault – interviews, questioning, explanation for comments and change of case.
R v Thompson and Hanson  1 WLR 1123 - Availability of prosecution right of appeal following dismissal hearing - S. 58 Criminal Justice Act 2003.
R v Lang  1 WLR 2509- Leading authority regarding sentencing of 'Dangerous offenders' under CJA 2003.
R v Benguit  EWCA 1953- Murder / Bad character use of - CJA 2003
R v Emmett and Emmett  AC 773 House of Lords - Proceeds of crime. Defendant's acceptance of prosecutor's statement - mistake of law. Use / extent of / limits of agreements for purposes of determining benefit etc.
R v Torode  EWCA CRIM 281- VAT fraud / confiscation. Telephone intercepts / Public Interest Immunity hearings / disclosure.
R v Cox  EWCA 1458- Harassment - stalking / use of statements when witnesses unavailable due to illness / only independent witness of fact - S.23 CJA 1988.
R v Thompson  EWCA 1789Historical sexual abuse - severance / abuse of process.
R v O'Prey  EWCA 3339 - Dangerous driving / drugs offences incorrect basis of sentencing.
Represented Oxfordshire County Council in successful prosecution of two rogue trader builders