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Nick Wrack

  • Call: 1997
Nick Wrack
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner 
“Nick Wrack of Garden Court Chambers was extremely skilled, had an eye for detail, and was ferocious in his defence. I couldn't recommend him more”
Ruby Lovell Tomon, Client


Nick Wrack acts as leading counsel in serious and complex criminal cases, including terrorism and fraud. He represented defendants in two of the seven terrorist cases featured on Crown Prosecution Service website for 2013.

He was lead counsel for the main defendant in one of Britain’s biggest ever drugs importation cases, which involved 40 tonnes of cocaine with a street value of £4 billion.

Nick was lead counsel for the main defendant in an alleged £2.5 million bank fraud, in which sophisticated computer software was used to intercept credit card transactions.

As a passionate advocate for social change and a defender of civil liberties Nick is also regularly instructed to represent protestors and others who end up before the court for their beliefs. He represented many of the students on trial for violent disorder following the protests in 2010.

In 2010, Nick represented Joe Glenton at his court martial for desertion. Joe was a soldier who refused to do a second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Following substantial written submissions challenging the legality of the war the charge was dropped to being Absent Without Leave (AWOL). Nick features prominently in Joe’s book ‘Soldier Box’.

Nick works mainly in London but is prepared to travel(!). In August 2009 Nick went to Baghdad, Iraq, for a week in an attempt to get his client Danny Fitzsimons brought back to the UK. Fitzsimons, a British security worker, was facing the death penalty for the murder of two co-security workers. Whilst Nick was sitting in his hotel lobby in Baghdad it was hit by bomb blasts that killed over 100 people across the city.

Nick also acts for victims of police maltreatment and for families at inquests. He also undertakes regulatory work.

Some Significant Cases

R v Baybasin (Liverpool Crown Court) [2013] EWCA Crim 2357
Conspiracy to import 40 tonnes of cocaine. Appeal on issue of balloting jury by number and jurors accessing internet.

R v P (Manchester Crown Court) 2013
Defendant said to be mastermind behind £2.5 million credit card fraud in which sophisticated software was used to by-pass banking security. Said by prosecution to be ‘unprecedented’.

R v Harrison (Manchester Crown Court) 2013
Defendant pleaded guilty to involvement in a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Nick won a trial of issue (Newton Hearing) limiting his involvement to a lessor role, meaning a significantly reduced sentence was imposed.

R v Burke (Central Criminal Court) 2013
Defendant accused of impersonating murdered woman in order to defraud her.

R v Townsend (Central Criminal Court) 2013
Defendant charged with violent disorder arising out of a gang fight at Westfield shopping centre in East London, during which one person was murdered. Crown offered no evidence against defendant before close of prosecution case following Nick’s cross-examination of witnesses.

R v Imran Mahmood (Central Criminal Court) 2013
Preparing acts of terrorism, said to be discussing plans to target the town of Royal Wootton Bassett.

R v Khobaib Hussain (Woolwich Crown Court) 2013
Travelling to Pakistan for terrorist training.

R v Farmer [2013] EWCA Crim 126
Nick represented many students arrested during the 2010 student fees protests. This was one of only two trials when his client was convicted. In this case the conviction was overturned on appeal.

R v BX (Central Criminal Court)
Breaching a terrorist control order.

R v Joe Glenton (Court of Appeal) [2010] EWCA Crim 930
Soldier charged with desertion for refusing to do a second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

R v Saleem and others (Kingston Crown Court)
Defendants charged with incitement to commit terrorism (murder) abroad and incitement to raise funds for terrorism.

R v S (F) and A(S) (Central Criminal Court) [2009] 1 Cr. App. R. 18
Dealt with the privilege against self-incrimination in the context of sections 49 and 53 Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The trial involved a conspiracy to breach a terrorist control order and a refusal to hand over an encrypted computer file.

R v Tirnaveanu [2007] 2 Cr. App. R. 23 (Canterbury Crown Court)
Nick was lead counsel in a trial and re-trial that lasted over five months. It dealt with allegations of fraud, forgery, deception and immigration offences. In the course of the proceedings Nick successfully submitted that the trial judge should withdraw from the case on the basis of apparent bias against his client.


Nick joined Garden Court Chambers in November 2013 after practising at Tooks Chambers. Prior to coming to the Bar, Nick worked as a journalist for the socialist newspaper Militant. He became its editor in 1994.


Nick is a life-long socialist activist and Manchester United fan. He is also a founding member of Football Club United of Manchester (FCUM).