Nicholas Haggan QC

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Trading Standards, Health & Safety, Food Safety), Public Access (Direct Public Access)

Year Called: 1977

Inn: Middle Temple

Appointments: Head of Chambers 2008 - Present, Assistant Recorder - 1997, Recorder - 2000, Queen's Counsel - 2003

Memberships: Criminal Bar Association (CBA), Western Circuit


Throughout his career, Nicholas Haggan Q.C. has specialised in criminal and regulatory work. For a number of years he has been cited in Chambers and Partners as a leading silk in the field of health and safety and has extensive experience of death and serious injury arising from accidents at work and in relation to exposure to risk, notably from asbestos. He has both prosecuted and defended all areas of serious crime, including fraud, major drugs offences, sexual offences and numerous cases of murder and manslaughter. He has a wide range of experience across the full spectrum of Trading Standards legislation. A significant proportion of his practice has concerned the institution and maintenance of due diligence systems, particularly within the corporate retail sector.


2014-2018 – R. v. Joseph Ashford and Others.  Area: Crime and Regulatory. Operation Albacore. The prosecution of a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud. Instructed on behalf of a number of Local Authorities in the south of England.

2014-2018 – R. v. Stephen Smith and Others. Area: Crime and Regulatory. Operation Starling. A multi-handed case involving a complex series of conspiracies to steal and to launder the proceeds of property belonging, inter alia, to British Telecommunications plc.

2017 - R. v. Christopher Wall. Area: Crime and Regulatory. Murder. Issues of self-defence and causation.

2016 – R. v. Michael Salmon. Area: Crime and Regulatory. The defence of a former Consultant Paediatrician from Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Allegations of historic sex abuse, made by multiple former patients.

2016 – R. v. Christopher Halliwell. Area: Crime and Regulatory. Operation Manilla. The prosecution of a convicted murderer for a second historic murder.

2012-2015 – R. v. Kim Davies. Area: Crime and Regulatory. The “Llanwenarth House” case. The carrying out of unauthorised work to a Grade II* listed building. Abuse of process.


Nicholas  Haggan QC

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