Nicholas Bleaney


Nick is a hugely experienced prosecutor and defender of serious sexual allegations. He is frequently called upon to cross examine children alleging sexual misconduct. He also is experienced at dealing with historic offending, with the different statutory and sentencing regimes which apply in such cases.

Nicholas has forged an impressive reputation as a prosecutor for being fair with opponents and defendants; when defending he is tenacious, a skilled cross-examiner and gets to the heart of the issue. He is well known for his client care, particularly important these days as counsel is rarely attended at court.

As a retired racing driver, he has a deep understanding of motoring related offending and regularly deals with serious driving offences.

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  • LLB Law, Nottingham
  • Grade 3 prosecutor
  • RASSO prosecution list

Associations and Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Criminal Bar Association

Notable Cases

R v Bushnell - one of the first cases at a pilot court (Kingston Upon Thames) to trial pre-recorded cross examination. As Defence counsel Nick had to preserve his independence from over-eager judicial interference.

R v Rajinder Singh – prosecution of a Sikh granthi (priest) at a Gurdwara for sexual assault on a 9 year old girl when she attended to wrship with her family. Convicted.

R v Gordon - represented the man accused of being the Scottish end of a cocaine supply chain starting in Liverpool.

R v Zauka – defence of a man accused of battering to death a friend while under the influence of alcohol taken immediately after his wife's sudden and unexpected death.