Nikolas Clarke

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Nikolas Clarke is an experienced civil law advocate who focuses mainly on inquests, employment and personal injury cases.

He is instructed by the full range of interested persons in inquests. Nikolas regularly acts for local authorities in inquests which raise concerns about the state or its agents failing to protect the deceased. This Article 2 ECHR inquest expertise means he is well-placed to act in related judicial review and civil claims.

He is a part-time fee-paid employment judge and also sits as a Deputy District Judge.  Previously he sat as a First-tier tribunal judge in the Health, Education & Social Care Chamber, hearing appeals in the mental health jurisdiction.

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.

Areas of expertise


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 represented the local authority in an inquest concerning the suicide of an unaccompanied asylum-seeking Eritrean. The local authority was responsible for the deceased as a Looked After Child. See The Guardian’s article.

In 2018, led by John McLinden QC, he represented a local authority in an inquest arising out of a cyclist’s death. The inquest involved the local authority’s planning and development, environmental control and street cleansing departments and Highways Authority as the road’s dirty condition was a potential contributory factor. See coverage in the Evening Standard.

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.

Employment law

Nikolas is an experienced employment barrister. He advises and represents employees and employers in the full range of employment claims and appeals, including cases of unfair dismissal, contract claims (including confidentiality and restrictive covenant claims), discrimination, harassment, victimisation, whistle-blowing and TUPE.  In addition, he has appeared in a number of cases involving jurisdiction arguments.

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 earlier extensive criminal law experience to cases of suspected fraud and has a tenacious approach in defending such claims.

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