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Nicholas Askins

Nicholas has expertise in, and extensive experience of, the prosecution and defence of major and organised crime, homicide, serious sexual offences, money laundering and proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Nicholas Askins, defence barrister
Nicholas Askins, criminal defence barrister

Career highlights

Call: 1989

Presently ranked in The Legal 500 as “a leading junior” on the North-Eastern Circuit.

Nicholas Askins CV
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Notable cases

R v DJ and another 2019 (Historic sexual offences)

Social worker and school teacher charged with historic sexual offences against pupil.

R v OM and five others 2016 (Money laundering)

“Operation Fortitude” – Investigation by the North-West Counter Terrorism Unit into money laundering. Conducted three trials and prosecution appeal against trial judge’s terminating ruling to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.

R v MS and two others 2007 (Manslaughter and robbery)

Appeared at trial and at the prosecution’s appeal against the sentence before the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. Leading authority on sentence for robbery within the home. Reported at [2007] EWCA Crim 1692.

R v BK 1997 (Murder)

Appeared at trial and retrial, conducted appeal against conviction before the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. Leading authority on withdrawal from joint enterprise murder. Reported at [1999] Crim LR 496.