Nick Ward joined Chris Stevenson Solicitors in 2004, before becoming a partner in 2010. He specialises in criminal defence work and over the past ten years has dealt with a vast array of cases; including murder, drug importation, serious sexual offences and other serious organised crime. A number of these cases have attracted national media attention.
Nick has accepted instructions from clients from all walks of life including medical professionals and other lawyers. Nick has been instructed in criminal defence cases throughout the country in both the Crown and Magistrates Court including Swansea, Weston Super Mare, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester and Worcester to name but a few.
Nick has been particularly commended for his advocacy and his considered representation when defending clients in court.
Outside of the office Nick has a keen interest in football (Burnley F.C.) Cricket and Nick also loves music and attends gigs whenever he can.
LLB Hons - University of Leicester Criminal Higher Court Advocate
Receiving a signed autobiography from Alan McGee, former Oasis, Primal Scream manager and Creation records boss, after successful defence of one of his acts. Being instructed by member of the criminal bar to defend them in serious criminal case
In terms of sport I love Cricket, in particular Test Cricket. I am also a Football fan and I support Burnley Football Club. I love music and try and get to gigs whenever I can.
The Big Lebowski Goodfellas Grosse Point Blank
Joy Division – Love will tear us apart The Smiths – There is a light that never goes out The Stone Roses – Elephant Stone The Courteeners – Not nineteen forever The Courteeners – Small Bones The Beach Boys – Then I kissed her Blink 182 – What’s my age again? Robyn – Dancing on my own
Case involved an alleged revenge attack. There were two substantial trials, the first giving rise to a number of convictions for murder and conspiracy. The case involved a number of defendants and Client secured acquittal of murder. The evidence in the case was based on cell-site analysis, ANPR footage and CCTV. In conducting the defence telecommunications experts had to be instructed as well as consideration to the complex legal issue of joint enterprise.
Acted for four defendants indicted with an offence of Violent Disorder. Incident took place on a train and involved Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest supporters. One client secured an acquittal whilst the other three avoided custodial sentences after pleading guilty to lesser charges.
Conspiracy to defraud that alleged six million pounds had been defrauded from customers who had been fraudulently sold phone warranties. Involved evidence from the Financial Services Authority, HMRC and covert surveillance footage. Over 20000 pages of evidence. Client pleaded guilty to regulatory offences and was dealt with by way of non custodial sentence.
Jury acquit defendant of indecent exposure after three days of evidence. The case hinged on information that had been discovered by the defence team in the unused material.
Multi handed drugs conspiracy involving defendants from Doncaster and London. Defendant sentenced to four and half years imprisonment following guilty plea to offence. Other defendants received significantly higher sentences that prompted them to appeal to Court of Appeal.
Allegation of serious sexual offences in which the case required expert evidence from Psychologists.
Defendant indicted for Conspiracy to steal. Allegation of organised crime syndicate stealing motor vehicles to order. Case involved surveillance and evidence from undercover police officers. Case dismissed against client following submission of no case to answer.
Acted for defendant in multi handed drugs conspiracy that involved the importation of cocaine from Spain. No evidence offered against the defendant shortly before the trial.