Nicholas Johnson QC

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Nick Johnson QC


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Nick Johnson QC is a barrister in independent practice with a focus on financial and corporate crime and associated regulatory work. He was called to the bar in 1994 and became Queen’s Counsel in 2016.

Nick has specialised in criminal fraud and money laundering cases since 2001 and appeared as leading counsel in some of the largest fraud jury trials in the UK, from tax to pharmaceutical and medical devices to financial markets and property frauds, prosecuted by agencies such as the SFO, HMRC, MHRA and Trading Standards. He has been described in the legal directories over the years as “tactically phenomenal”, “fantastically focussed on each and every case”, “a fantastic courtroom advocate” and “pleasingly personable”. He has particular expertise in bribery and corruption investigations, including large scale multi-jurisdictional investigations. Companies and individuals retain him, both advising on preventative measures such as Bribery Act compliance and corporate governance, and for wider strategic advice in civil fraud, economic sanctions, mutual assistance, DPAs and civil recovery, often at an early stage. Nick has experience of corporate investigations brought by the Department of Justice and SEC in the United States and investigations and litigation in Europe and the Middle East.

In addition, Nick has extensive experience of regulatory and professional misconduct proceedings, acting for individuals, directors, and companies. These proceedings often overlap with his criminal fraud practice. He has represented police officers, teachers, solicitors, and other professionals over the years, whether in the Crown Court, before their disciplinary body or at inquests. He also provides expert advice and representation in asylum and extradition proceedings.

Complementing his work as a leading UK barrister, Nick is a member of the American and International Bar Associations, the Fraud Lawyers Association and the Bar Council North American Group. He also speaks Japanese and undertakes advocacy training at the University of York.

Nick is qualified to accept instructions by direct access as well as working closely with other UK and foreign lawyers.

“He is an exceptional advocate who controls a courtroom”Chambers and Partners 2018. Nick is currently ranked as a leading barrister for financial crime.


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