Nichola Cafferkey

  • Year of Call 1998


Nichola is an accomplished and impressive defence specialist who has 20 years of experience dealing with every kind of allegation and crime. Nichola is approachable, committed and fearless. Her preparation and case management are meticulous and she is a natural team leader.  

Nichola is in demand as a leading junior and has headed defences involving serious and organised crime, technical crime involving mobile phone technology, firearms offences at the highest level, cases with an international element, including Operation Hudson and Operation Gotzinger [both involving international people trafficking and jurisdictional issues]. She is also known for her sensitive handling of cases involving sexual offences and her grasp of the complexities of financial and regulatory crime. Her client care is second to none and she is a natural jury advocate with an impressive courtroom presence.  Lay and professional clients value her track record of success, calm manner and sound judgement.

Year of Call 1998.

Sexual Offences

Nichola has a strong track record defending in cases concerning allegations of serious sexual assault involving vulnerable witnesses, multiple complainants and cases involving allegations of historical sexual abuse.

Financial Crime & Fraud

Nichola has particular expertise in defending in financial crime and serious organised crime.

Notable Cases

Serious and Organised Crime:

R v R and Otrs: Leading Junior, allegations of human trafficking, controlling prostitution and organising sham marriages.

R v M and Otrs: Defence of large-scale conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering. 

Operation Hudson: Leading Junior acting for the head of international organised crime group facing allegations of human trafficking and rape.

Operation Gottzinger: Defence of first defendant in case involving allegations human trafficking, controlling prostitution and rape.

Serious Sexual Offences:

R v G: Professional man in historic sexual abuse case.

R v B: Professional man in multiple-complainant historic sexual abuse case.

Financial/Regulatory Crime:

Operation Stormgrad: Global pharmaceutical fraud involving international sale of counterfeit Pzifer products; prosecuted by Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Operation Echowood: Evasion of over £5 million of revenue; defendants were extradited from Italy to the United Kingdom; cross-jurisdictional fraud involved the diversion of excise goods.

Operation Valgus: Multi-million pound subprime mortgage fraud.

Operation Metacarpal: Defending first defendant in international construction/plant fraud.

Homicide and Serious Violence:

R v W and Otrs: Gang related murder. Central Criminal Court led by Queens Counsel.

R v NC: Murder, led by Queens Counsel; issues relating to fitness to plead and insanity.

R v B and Otrs: Attempted murder and perverting the course of justice.

R v L and Otrs: Multiple complainant section 18 wounding with intent. This serious case was initially charged as double attempted murder; one complainant remained in hospital six months after the incident and was cross examined via a video link from hospital.

R v DF: Attempted murder resulting in the victim sustaining permanent brain damage.

R v HP and Otrs: Leading Junior in case involving conspiracy to commit arson.

Bribery and Corruption:

R v H and Otrs (Operation Elveden - the News International case): Conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.


LLB (Hons), Warwick University
Middle Temple Diplock Scholar


South Eastern Circuit

Midland & Oxford Circuit

Criminal Bar Association


‘ Nichola is an extremely strong barrister. She is tenacious, persuasive, and advises her clients in a measured and sensible manner. In court she is a charming and effective advocate, who wins over judges and juries alike.’ Legal 500 - 2022 (Leading Junior)

"As a firm we have been briefing and instructing Nicky for many years, very happily. She is extremely committed to her clients, and focuses upon successfully achieving the very best outcomes for them. She is an excellent lawyer, very bright, diligent and very approachable - clients love her kind and reassuring manner. A great team player and a delight to work with!” - Lewis Nedas Solicitors 

“We have instructed Miss Cafferkey for many years. Nichola consistently delivers warm, measured advice that is always well informed and up to date. She is thorough, hard working and approachable. Her attention to detail is second to none. She has sound judgement and an impressive court room presence.  She is sensitive to the impact that criminal proceedings have upon clients and their families. An absolute pleasure to work with." - Lawrence Hamblin Solicitors

‘A highly sought after Barrister. Meticulous in her preperation with an excellent rapport with clients.' and 'Fantastic advocate...’ - Talia Coles - Edwards Duthie Solicitors

Direct Access

Nichola is accredited to accept work under Direct Access, also known as Public Access. In order to instruct Nichola on a Direct Access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at