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Welcome to

New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Nick Lane 2008

Nick Lane 2008Called – 2008

Nick joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2010 after the successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Mr Julian Smith. Since then Nick has commenced a broad general crime practice, quickly establishing a reputation for himself as a reliable and hardworking junior.

His practice is now predominantly Crown Court based, although he continues to represent clients in the Magistrates and Youth Courts. He regularly prosecutes in the Crown Court on behalf of the CPS, as well as other prosecuting agencies. Before being called to the Bar, Nick served for eight years as an Officer in the Royal Navy and subsequently has a particular interest in representing service personnel either at Court Martial or in the civilian Courts.

His broad experience also includes a period in a not-for-profit provider of Immigration and Asylum advice and he is therefore happy to accept instructions in the field of asylum and immigration law. Amongst his current work Nick is instructed in a large scale multi-hand motor insurance fraud, a case involving allegations of assault by penetration and sexual grooming, and is representing a youth alleged to be jointly responsible for an arson attack causing £150,000 worth of damage to holiday homes.

Crime

• Prosecutes and defends across a broad range of general criminal work in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts; • Experience of prosecuting and defending in fraud cases, including mortgage, motor insurance and benefit fraud; • Able to deal with all aspects of confiscation applications; • Has a particular interest in representing young people accused of ‘grave crimes’, and has recently defended in cases of wounding with intent and arson; • Experienced in representing vulnerable defendants, including those with complex mental health difficulties; • Level 2 Prosecutor and has also prosecuted on behalf of a number of other agencies, including National Probation Service, UK Borders Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions.
In addition, Nick has experience of Court Martial work.

Immigration and Asylum

• Represents appellants in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals in relation to both asylum and immigration appeals; • Able to draw on his previous experience as a caseworker with the Immigration Advisory Service and his undergraduate studies in International Politics; • Particular interest in representing unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and those with disputed age assessments.

Notable and reported cases

• Attorney-General’s Reference Nos 82-96and 104-109 of 2011 [EWCA Crim 155] – Instructed on behalf of Defendant who fell foul of the provisions of s110 of the Power of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 – minimum sentence of 7 years imprisonment for third strike possession of Class A drug with intent to supply;

• Operation Geneva – Defence junior for one of leaders of a conspiracy to bring large quantities of Class A drugs from Merseyside to North Tyneside. Also represented for sentence one of the street dealers in the case, subsequently appearing in the Court of Appeal (see above);

• Operation Sloop (Kingston upon Hull Crown Court) – Instructed as junior for the prosecution in a multi-million pound mortgage fraud centred on the dishonest actions of a mortgage broker targeting the “sub-prime” mortgage market;

• R v Fisher (Carlisle Crown Court) – Instructed as junior Counsel in the successful prosecution of a serving Detective Constable for gross misconduct. This case attracted considerable local and some national media attention; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-14506667

• Operation Armagnac (Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court) – Instructed to represent one of the alleged organisers of a violent disorder in the course of which my lay client had suffered life-threatening injuries;

• Operation Nacho (Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court) – Instructed to defend in a ‘crash for cash’ motor insurance fraud with in excess of 10,000 pages of prosecution evidence.

Presentations

Nick is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and courses arranged by professional conference organisers, professional associations and in-house.