Nicholas frequently acts for Properly Interested Persons in lengthy and complex inquests. His experience sitting as a coroner is invaluable in identifying the salient issues and making submissions on establishing the scope of inquest. He has experience in acting for large and small organisations, as well as individuals – such as medical professionals and police officers.
Nicholas has been appointed to the Attorney-General’s Panel Counsel since 2012 and is regularly instructed by Government Departments, as well as local authorities and the police. He has been involved in a number of cases where submissions focused on the requirement for a jury and the relationship with RIDDOR and the CQC regulations, as well as the requirement for prevention of future death reports.
Assistant Coroner for Greater Manchester (North)
- Acted for the IOPC in a tazer-related death, with complex medical issues and questions over force and restraint. The case involved 9 PIPs and lasted for over 5 weeks.
- Acted for a Care Home in an inquest following an inappropriate feeding regime, with the CQC, Local Authority, police and HSE represented.
- Acted for the MoJ in a 4-week inquest following the death of a prisoner by hanging.
- Represented a local authority in the death of a care home resident following an assault by another resident, who were both subject to DoLS authorisations.
- Acted for a prison in week-long inquest following a spice-related death.
- Represented the family of a two-year old following a hospital’s failure to diagnose a congenital condition.