Nikolas has a general civil practice, including personal injury, employment, inquests, police law and judicial review.
He is a very experienced advocate, having been a common law practitioner for the first 11 years of his practice, mainly defending in jury trials, as well as appearing in other trial-heavy areas throughout, particularly personal injury and employment work.
Nikolas is a registered Direct Public Access barrister.
If you would like more information about Nikolas’ practice, please email his clerks or call them +44 (0)20 7405 6114.
- Personal injury
Nikolas advises and represents claimants and defendants in all manner of claims such as those arising out of road-traffic accidents, in the course of employment, to members of the public and to prisoners,, including deliberate injuries. Many cases involve orthopaedic or soft-tissue injuries, but cases have also involved catastrophic injuries, brain damage, poisoning, neurological injuries, psychiatric injuries, deafness, repetitive strain/vibration/industrial injuries, etc.
The majority of Nikolas’ work is in defending claims where fraud is suspected or alleged, usually being contrived accidents, phantom accidents or claimants, exaggerated injuries and low-velocity-impact claims.
Nikolas brings his extensive criminal law experience to cases of suspected fraud and has a tenacious approach in defending such claims.
- Employment law
Nikolas advises and represents employees and employers in the full range of employment claims and appeals.
Nikolas Clarke regularly advises and appears in inquests on behalf of Interested Parties.
Much of Nikolas’ work is for local authorities, often where there has been involvement through Social Services, a local authority school, the Highways Authority or other departments. He was recently led by John McLinden QC for a local authority with a multi-departmental involvement (Planning and Development, Highways Authority, Environmental Control and Street Cleansing).
Other work includes representing care homes, hostels and social housing providers. Finally, Nikolas often appears in inquests connected with civil claims (whether he is instructed in the civil claim or not) arising out of traffic accidents.
- Police law
Nikolas regularly acts for the police in all manner of civil/quasi-civil proceedings including Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 matters, Anti-Social Behaviour orders, Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, Closure Orders, etc. He also acts in police disciplinary matters both for the police and as an independent legal advisor.
- Judicial Review
All aspects of advice and advocacy in judicial review proceedings.
As a criminal practitioner, Nikolas appeared in cases of every imaginable fraud. He no longer practises in crime, but uses his previous experience to great advantage in civil claims involving fraud.
- BA (Music) UEA
- PgDL (Nottingham)
- BVC/Dip Law – ICSL/City University
- Professional memberships
- South Eastern Circuit
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