Called to the Bar:1993

Silk:2019

  • A superb new silk who has taken his abilities in the criminal sphere and developed an exceptionally successful and diverse multi-disciplined practice, spanning general crime, corporate & financial crime and professional discipline, both for the prosecution and for the defence. 

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Nicholas Corsellis has developed a complex, high-value corporate crime practice across all areas of the field and through all tribunals both in type and tier. Frequently international in dimension, he is accomplished at dealing with vast amounts of complex material and in presenting the detail gracefully and with ease before a jury. Often called upon to represent at all stages of an investigation in both the regulatory and criminal forums, he provides a broad and exceptional service.

    Crime

    Nicholas undertakes work involving the gravest offences and the most high-profile cases both for the prosecution and defence. He has the complete repertoire in serious crime including murder, serious fraud, very high-value drugs conspiracies and sexual offences, including sexual abuse and rape (historic as well as current). He has experience at every level of the legal system from pre-charge through to appeal. Nicholas regularly represents professionals where they face criminal charges, often alongside regulatory proceedings; his calm and assured approach places him exceptionally well to deal with the most sensitive of charges at the most difficult of times.

    Regulatory

    In the field of professional discipline, Nicholas Corsellis has both presented for regulators and defended professionals in the tribunals adjudicating over their respective professions. He now primarily defends; his calm and assured manner and vast experience make him the ideal candidate to represent professional clients during the most challenging of times. He operates in the medical, legal, financial and sports industries. His vast experience of the criminal courts, regulatory tribunals and of inquests, place him extremely well to deal with whatever may arise during the course and execution of an investigation and hearing process. He is familiar with all charges, types of hearing and at all levels of the tribunal system and its processes.

    Reviews 

    Legal 500 UK 2019: Crime - Tier 1

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime - Band 2

    Shortlisted for Crime Junior of the Year in Legal 500 2017

    'He is a very steady and impressive advocate who is very client-friendly.' Chambers UK Crime (2019)

    'A "real grafter" who is very well experienced in representing professional clients.' Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    'A class act' who is 'very clever' Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    'A top-quality advocate with a pleasant disposition.' Legal 500 Crime (2015)

    Professional Memberships

    • Criminal Bar Association

    Education

    • LLB (Hons) Buckingham University

    Languages

    • French

     

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Congratulations to Nicholas Corsellis who has been appointed Queen's Counsel

      QEB Hollis Whiteman is delighted to announce that Nicholas Corsellis has been appointed Queen's Counsel. He was formally appointed as Silk on 11th March 2019.

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    • Nicholas Corsellis appointed Queen's Counsel

      Nicholas will receive his title at Westminster Hall on 11th March. 

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    • Nicholas Corsellis prosecutes England Cricketer Ben Stokes

      England Cricketer Ben Stokes today appeared in Bristol Crown Court, charged with affray.

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    • Nicholas Corsellis is ranked as a Leader in his Field in Crime in Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018

      Details of the rankings and commentaries will be published in November 2017 in the Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018.

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    • R V Brandon Davis Publishing Ltd & anor. (2017)

      Nicholas Corsellis acted for Brent & Harrow Trading Standards Service in the prosecution of Brandon Davis and his company Brandon Davis Publishing Ltd for offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.Davis manufactured and sold unofficial and unlicensed  footb...

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    • Nick Corsellis represents Professional Tennis Integrity Officers in anti-corruption hearing

      QEB HW member Nick Corsellis appeared for the Tennis Integrity Unit at the hearing of the case against Greek professional player Alexandros Jakupovic who faced charges under the Sport's Anti-Corruption Programme. Jakupovic was found guilty of five charges...

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    • Nick Corsellis appears in the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Geneva

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Nick Corsellis represented the Tennis Integrity Unit in an action against two Polish players accused of offences under the tennis anti-corruption programme. The players were found guilty and suspended from playing and fined. ...

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    • Nick Corsellis represents surgeon charged with assault

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Nick Corsellis is currently representing one of the UK’s leading orthopaedic surgeons who is charged with common assault on his PA, by biting.Nick is instructed in the case by Paul Morris of BCL Burton Copeland solicitors....

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    • Nick Corsellis speaks about corruption in tennis following one of the most troublesome weeks in the game's history

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Nicholas Corsellis and Jamie Singer, partner at solicitors Onside Law, both of whom advise the Tennis Integrity Unit are quoted in the media commenting on behalf of the TIU on the story about alleged match-fixing broken last wee...

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    • Three found guilty in Hatton Garden jewellery trial

      Three of the four defendants being tried at Woolwich Crown Court for the Hatton Garden jewellery raid were today found guilty. QEB Hollis Whiteman members Philip Evans and Philip Stott represented the prosecution and Nicholas Corsellis acted for the fi...

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    • QEB Hollis Whiteman members in Hatton Garden trial

      Philip Evans appears as leading counsel for the prosecution, assisted by Philip Stott and Nick Corsellis appears as leading counsel for the first and main defendant. 

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    • Nick Corsellis is only leading junior in complex murder trial

      Nick Corsellis was the only junior to be instructed as Leading Counsel for the central defendant, Mamunoor Rahman in a murder trial where all co-defendants and the Crown were represented by QC’s and juniors.  The case was a multi handed trial involv...

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    • Nicholas Corsellis is welcomed by QEB Hollis Whiteman from 3 Temple Gardens.

      Highly respected leading counsel Nicholas Corsellis joins QEB Hollis Whiteman from 3 Temple Gardens. Nicholas specialises in serious crime, ranging from murder to fraud, both prosecuting and defending. 

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    Articles

    • Shotgun Certificate Revocations, How it may affect you

      Nicholas Corsellis writes a brief article to assist with an overview of how Shotgun Certificate Revocations may affect you.​

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    • "The FCA and the Non-Regulated."

      Nicholas Corsellis writes a brief article to assist with an overview of how and why a person/firms who are considering entering the financial market on an unregulated basis need to consider regulation from their very first steps.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A new silk with an impressive corporate & financial crime practice spanning all areas of the field. Nicholas Corsellis impresses sources with his approachable manner, intellect and outstanding advocacy.

    Overview

    Nicholas Corsellis has developed a complex, high-value corporate crime practice across all areas of the field and through all tribunals both in type and tier. Frequently international in dimension, he is accomplished at dealing with vast amounts of complex material and in presenting the detail, gracefully and with ease before a Jury. Often called upon to represent at all stages of an investigation in both the regulatory and criminal forums, he provides a broad and exceptional service.

    Experience 

    Nicholas acts in complex multimillion-pound fraud cases, often with an international dimension. Recent examples include: R v H (2016) which involved a £2m conspiracy to cheat the UK and German public revenue using a multitude of companies and mechanisms; R v KH & Others (2016), relating to a series of boiler room frauds using carbon credits and overseas banking aid as methods to attract unsuspecting investors; R v S & Others (2013), a £5m worldwide wine fraud; R v O & Others (2014) a £17m+ payroll fraud leading to a conspiracy to frustrate restraint proceedings; and R v B (2014), a £1.2m mortgage fraud.

    Nicholas advises on Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Regulatory enquiries concerning alleged FSMA offences such as non-regulated businesses contravening financial promotion and the arrangement provisions, a topic of high interest given the changes to the public's access to pensions.

    Notable Cases

    R v B (2014)
    Secured the acquittal of a person charged with a £1m+ mortgage fraud.

    R v O & Others (2014)
    Defence counsel in a case involving the disposal of the proceeds of a £17m fraud.

    R v S & Others (2014)
    Leading counsel for a key defendant in a £5m investment fraud.

    Reviews

    'He is a very steady and impressive advocate who is very client-friendly.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'A "real grafter" who is very well experienced in representing professional clients.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'A class act' who is 'very clever' Chambers UK (2018)

    'A top-quality advocate with a pleasant disposition.' Legal 500 (2015)

    News

    • Congratulations to Nicholas Corsellis who has been appointed Queen's Counsel

      QEB Hollis Whiteman is delighted to announce that Nicholas Corsellis has been appointed Queen's Counsel. He was formally appointed as Silk on 11th March 2019.

    • Nicholas Corsellis appointed Queen's Counsel

      Nicholas will receive his title at Westminster Hall on 11th March. 

    Articles

    • "The FCA and the Non-Regulated."

      Nicholas Corsellis writes a brief article to assist with an overview of how and why a person/firms who are considering entering the financial market on an unregulated basis need to consider regulation from their very first steps.

      View Article

  • A highly respected leading counsel specialising in serious crime, Nicholas Corsellis has the ideal approach to put the client at ease both with his manner and expertise. He is an exceptional advocate and appeals to the jury at every level, whether prosecuting or defending.

    Overview

    Nicholas undertakes work involving the gravest offences and the most high-profile cases both for the prosecution and defence. He has the complete repertoire in serious crime including murder, serious fraud, very high-value drugs conspiracies and sexual offences, including sexual abuse and rape (historic as well as current). He has experience at every level of the legal system from pre-charge through to appeal. Nicholas regularly represents professionals where they face criminal charges, often alongside regulatory proceedings; his calm and assured approach places him exceptionally well to deal with the most sensitive of charges at the most difficult of times.

    Experience

    Nicholas undertakes very high-profile cases and handles allegations of serious crime including murder, very high-value drugs conspiracies and sexual offences.

    His experience and ability means that he often leads where other parties are led by Queen’s Counsel, as with the murder trial of R v MR & Others (2014-5) and the Hatton Garden Jewellery Heist Trial (R v Wood and others), where he led for the first defendant.

    He has represented the defence in other high-profile cases such as the organiser of the £40m Graff Jewellery Robbery (R v Kassaye), the first defendant in R v O & Others (the Victoria Station Murder), the Latvian serial rapist and murderer (R v Dembovskis) and a 15-year-old contract killer (R v G).

    He is one of the few specialist rape prosecutors but also defends in such cases on a privately instructed basis, where he is sought out for his knowledge, expertise and also his calm, measured and reassuring approach. Judges and juries love him; he has a phenomenal track record.

    At Grade 4, Nicholas prosecutes at the most senior level, often for the most specialised teams within the CPS. He is an exceptional team player and works well with all members of a prosecution team as well as with victims and the families of victims; he is always sensitive to their needs as well as that of the case at hand.

    Notable Cases 

    R v P & Others (2015)
    Secured acquittal of man alleged to be involved in conspiracies to import vast quantities of cocaine into the UK.

    R v Mamunoor Rahman & Others (2014)
    The only junior instructed as leading counsel for the central defendant in this multi-handed murder trial.

    R v ZH & Others (2014)
    Counsel for the first defendant in a drugs conspiracy concerning the importation and wholesale supply of £50m of heroin to the UK.

    R v RSP (2014)
    Case involving a graphic designer who punched a fellow passenger who tragically died due to catastrophic brain injury shortly afterwards.

    R v B (2014)
    Secured the acquittal of a person charged with a £1m+ mortgage fraud.

    R v MS (2014)
    Counsel for a defendant who raped and attempted to murder a stranger before seeking out and murdering his wife.

    Reviews 

    Legal 500 UK 2019: Crime - Tier 1

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime - Band 2

    Shortlisted for Crime Junior of the Year in Legal 500 2017

    'He is a very steady and impressive advocate who is very client-friendly.' Chambers UK Crime (2019)

    'A "real grafter" who is very well experienced in representing professional clients.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'A class act who is very clever' Chambers UK (2018)

    'His work includes high-profile robbery cases and drug conspiracies.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'His diverse criminal practice ranges from sexual offences to drug importation cases.' Legal 500 (2016)

    'A top-quality advocate with a pleasant disposition.' Legal 500 (2015)

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Congratulations to Nicholas Corsellis who has been appointed Queen's Counsel

      QEB Hollis Whiteman is delighted to announce that Nicholas Corsellis has been appointed Queen's Counsel. He was formally appointed as Silk on 11th March 2019.

    • Nicholas Corsellis appointed Queen's Counsel

      Nicholas will receive his title at Westminster Hall on 11th March. 

    • Nicholas Corsellis prosecutes England Cricketer Ben Stokes

      England Cricketer Ben Stokes today appeared in Bristol Crown Court, charged with affray.

    • R v Osei-Kofi (2018)

      Nicholas Corsellis and Katherine Lloyd successfully prosecute teenager for a stabbing that resulted in cardiac arrest and brain damage.Teenager Tyrese Osei-Kofi was found guilty at the Old Bailey of wounding with intent after stabbing a 17 year old boy le...

    • R V Brandon Davis Publishing Ltd & anor. (2017)

      Nicholas Corsellis acted for Brent & Harrow Trading Standards Service in the prosecution of Brandon Davis and his company Brandon Davis Publishing Ltd for offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.Davis manufactured and sold unofficial and unlicensed  footb...

    • Three found guilty in Hatton Garden jewellery trial

      Three of the four defendants being tried at Woolwich Crown Court for the Hatton Garden jewellery raid were today found guilty. QEB Hollis Whiteman members Philip Evans and Philip Stott represented the prosecution and Nicholas Corsellis acted for the fi...

    Articles

  • In the various facets of regulatory law, Nicholas Corsellis has taken his expertise in advocacy and applied it to professional discipline. He is fully adept at the nuances of the various industries and prepared for whatever tribunal he may face.

    Overview

    In the field of Professional Discipline, Nicholas Corsellis has both presented for regulators and defended professionals in the tribunals adjudicating over their respective professions. He now primarily defends; his calm and assured manner and vast experience make him the ideal candidate to represent professional clients during the most challenging of times. He operates in the medical, legal, financial and sports industries. His vast experience of the criminal courts, regulatory tribunals and of inquests, place him extremely well to deal with whatever may arise during the course and execution of an investigation and hearing process. He is familiar with all charges, types of hearing and at all levels of the tribunal system and its processes.

    Experience 

    The foundations of Nicholas' practice in professional discipline are in sports regulation. For a number of years he has acted for the International Tennis Federation (and other Governing Bodies) in arbitrations concerning professional tennis players either at first instance or before the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Lausanne. Recent examples are PTIOs v Jakupovic (2016) and PTIOs v Gadomski (2016). Nicholas often writes on topics relating to this field and provides comment to the media on issues arising from his work. Other sport regulators that Nicholas has worked for include presenting on behalf of the British Horse Racing Authority.

    Nicholas began his practice in medical regulation by presenting for the General Dental Council. Over the years his experience has broadened and he has also appeared before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, predominantly defending allegations of misconduct. Nicholas often acts for professionals in criminal investigations that run alongside regulatory hearings. He also has experience of inquests, when regulatory matters involving a death progress to the Coroner’s Court.

    As well as his experience of representing Individuals working in the medical regulatory field, he also has experience of representing professionals operating in the financial services sector and financial markets. He has recently advised on a number of Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulatory enquiries concerning alleged FSMA offences such as non-regulated businesses contravening financial promotion and the arrangement provisions, a topic of much interest given the changes to the public's access to pensions.

    Nicholas' vast experience and recognised ability in this field means that he is often instructed in niche fields; he has advised and represented individuals in proceedings brought by the National Rifle Association.

    Reviews

    'He is a very steady and impressive advocate who is very client-friendly.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'A "real grafter" who is very well experienced in representing professional clients.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'A class act' who is 'very clever' Chambers UK (2018)

    'A top-quality advocate with a pleasant disposition.' Legal 500 (2015)

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Nicholas Corsellis appointed Queen's Counsel

      Nicholas will receive his title at Westminster Hall on 11th March. 

    • Nick Corsellis appears in the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Geneva

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Nick Corsellis represented the Tennis Integrity Unit in an action against two Polish players accused of offences under the tennis anti-corruption programme. The players were found guilty and suspended from playing and fined. ...

    • Nick Corsellis speaks about corruption in tennis following one of the most troublesome weeks in the game's history

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Nicholas Corsellis and Jamie Singer, partner at solicitors Onside Law, both of whom advise the Tennis Integrity Unit are quoted in the media commenting on behalf of the TIU on the story about alleged match-fixing broken last wee...

    Articles

    • "The FCA and the Non-Regulated."

      Nicholas Corsellis writes a brief article to assist with an overview of how and why a person/firms who are considering entering the financial market on an unregulated basis need to consider regulation from their very first steps.

      View Article