Nicholls QC, Colin

Colin Nicholls QC’s specialist experience includes: war crimes; bribery and corruption; complex commercial crime; cybercrime; extradition; criminal mutual assistance and human rights.

His international experience includes advising in cases in France, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Kenya, Italy, Cyprus, Switzerland, the US, Venezuela, the Bahamas, India and Pakistan. He advised clients in connection with the Bhopal, Marcos and Bofors litigations, in the mani puliti trials in Italy, and in the ‘cash for honours’ scandal in England. He has acted as observer for Article XIX in a seditious libel in Zagreb.

Nicholls has advised and appeared in extradition cases since 1973 and given expert evidence in Ireland and the US. He has appeared as leading counsel in Hong Kong and St Helena, and been permitted to address the court as an advocate in the US.

In commercial crime, he has been instructed to lead teams of barristers, solicitors and accountants in cases involving up to two years’ preparation and trials lasting up to a year.

His general criminal experience includes defending and prosecuting in all types of criminal cases including many murders.

His recent cases include acting as amicus curiae in the appeal of the former Bosnian president Momcilo Krajisnik against his conviction for crimes against humanity at the ICTY; and defending Daniel James, a British soldier and interpreter for General Richards for spying in Afghanistan.

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