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Recognised leading law practitioners

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Colin Nott


Chambers' leading individual in Criminal Law.

Winner: Advocacy - Solicitor of the Year UK - Lawyer Monthly Awards 2018.


One of the best and most experienced solicitors in the country” (Judge in a murder case).


An advocate of "clarity, brevity and precision" (DJ Sir Bryan Roberts).


"Mr Nott is a very expeienced and highly respected Solcitor" (Judge Zani in SFO v AM, January 2020)


Colin has extensive knowledge both as a highly experienced and leading criminal defence lawyer plus importantly as a ‘top drawer’ advocate in the Magistrates’ Court. He also appears regularly before various regulatory bodies. He has specialist experience at the highest level of criminal litigation and not only has dealt with but continues to represent many high profile clients with the utmost professionalism.


Colin’s experience encompasses absolutely every aspect of criminal litigation and in particular fraud, regulatory breaches, corruption, murder, tax evasion, extradition and cartels. He is therefore well acquainted with the way in which matters are prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC and the Crown Prosecution Service, Financial Conduct Authority, the National Crime Agency and Trading Standards.


Colin has a niche practice in ‘sensitive’ areas falling under the umbrella of criminal law. Some things can be resolved through pragmatism, a deft touch and persuasive manner without recourse to full court proceedings.


In terms of advocacy "the gutsy Colin Nott is admired by his peers because he never shrinks away from the front line".


He has "the best bedside manner in the profession, clients adore him and he also possesses the knack of being good at getting the police to see sense". (Chambers Leading Individuals In Criminal Law).


During his thriving career, Colin has served on and chaired numerous committees relating to provision of criminal law and advice and most recently served as a committee member relating to the implementation of the Serious Fraud Panel. He has also been involved in providing advice on the criminal law for those involved in television and radio production.


On a number of occasions in the recent past, he has addressed local courts, panels and magistrates relating to extradition in particular and the implementation of various aspects of criminal law. Interestingly those involved in the general process of prosecution regularly seek the advice and representation when required of Colin.


Away from work Colin is very interested in sport, particularly rugby, football, competing and winning.



Notable Cases




Crypto Currency Investigation

Instructed on behalf of the principal in a major international investigation involving alleged crypto currency fraud.


Multi-Million Pound HMRC Investigation

Matter involving tax evasion, money laundering and disclosure issues over 3.5 years, successfully concluded in 2018.  


Serious Allegations of Sexual Impropriety

Achieved three successful outcomes in the past 12 months and involved in a number of other investigations of a similar nature.


R v J – Murder – Central Criminal Court

Represented one of four defendants charged with murder of a youth in central London.  Successful appeal and re-trial acquittal.


R v Q – Administering noxious substance – Southwark Crown Court

Deliberate act, innocent intention.


R v J – Conspiracy to supply – Woolwich Crown Court

Conspiracy to supply a large quantity of cocaine. Acquitted.


Stephen Lawrence Enquiry

Representation of a signficant party.



Representation of party in criminal investigation resulted in no further action being taken.


R v S

Alleged sexual impropriety on university campus where consent was the issue.  Resulted in no further action being taken. 


R v D

Best present for the client at Christmas being acquitted on a large scale private investment wine fraud.


R v H

Acted for a young man who was one of five charged with offences of murder and violent disorder, only three months prior to the trial of the co-accused. Case had to be prepared under extreme pressures of time.  Client was acquitted of all charges against him.




De Menezes and Duggan

Representation of interested parties.


Stephen Port

Representation of significant party.


Regulatory and Trading Standards


Solicitors Regulation Authority Matters

Two successful outcomes in the past 12 months and one major matter in the public eye representation.  


GMC and CQC Investigations

Two successful recent results.  


R v S & C – Southampton Crown Court

Trading Standards breaches of £1,000,000 in value.


R v W & P

Criminal breach of planning permission. Acquitted.





Extradition to Germany in relation to an allegation of €60m VAT fraud successfully avoided.  Two further successful compromises reached by way of negotiation.  



Extradition to Rwanda in relation to allegations of genocide. Successful

representation of party in 2007 following which a new warrant was issued, which we have again successfully defeated in the High Court in 2018.



Cartel proceedings in USA and UK - a successful compromise.



Second attempt at extradition concerning long term corruption, which we defeated in 2018.



Adopted a highly unusual tactic resulting in continued bail from the Court in France and a successful outcome after a three year investigation.  


Colin Nott


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