Amy Nicholson

Call: 1999

Education

Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Law School 1994-1999 LLB Hons: 2:1 and BVC Competent [Very Competent in Crime].

 

Appointments

2018 – September 2021 CPS: Crown Advocate
2015 – 2018 CPS: Senior Crown Prosecutor [RASSO]

 

Profile

Amy’s practice is split equally between defence and prosecution work. She is regularly instructed as junior alone in cases that would be regarded as category 3 and above prosecution work such as rape, child abuse and other sexual offences, fraud, people trafficking, drug importations and PWITS class A conspiracies, blackmail, aggravated burglary, violent disorder, arson, complex robberies, serious assaults (section 18) and serious driving offences. In addition, Amy conducts appellate work and is routinely chosen by senior members of chambers as their junior, led in cases of particular import, e.g. a torture rape/murder.

Amy also has a particular aptitude for cases involving youths and defendants with mental health issues and has experience in the Mental Health Tribunal.

During her time as a RASSO trained rape specialist prosecutor she gained significant experience of the charging process and interrelationship between the CPS and the police and delivered training to Surrey Police on disclosure issues in Rape cases. She also qualified as both a youth specialist and a youth rape specialist.

Prior to her work within the CPS, Amy practised on the Northern Circuit for 10 years. Amy is now an established practitioner in the Canterbury and Maidstone Crown Courts. She is a member of the South-Eastern Circuit.

Past cases include:-

R v Gough: September 2021 – Amy successfully prosecuted a case of Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving, the defendant is due to be sentenced in November 2021.

R v Niewiadomski: Amy successfully prosecuted the importation of £4 million worth of Class A drugs
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R v Petts: Sexual Assault and domestic violence
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R v Turl: Reckless Arson at a care home
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R v Walton: Section 18 Causing GBH with Intent: Successful prosecution of man who attacked neighbour
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OPERATION AGILE – Prosecution of large scale undercover police operation into County Lines drug dealing in Dover [advised on Charge then Prosecuted circa 30 offenders at Court.]

R v Brazier: Serious domestic violence
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R v X: secured acquittal of 17-year-old alleged getaway driver in cash-in transit robbery at The Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey)

R v Astall: Murder and rape [Prosecution Junior]
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R v G: Allegation of stranger rape – secured acquittal for defendant
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R v Walker and Madani: sporting memorabilia fraud: [Defence]
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R v Newsham and others: conspiracy to supply class A drugs [Defence]
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Notable Appellate work (reported cases) include:

R v Sammon and others: Conspiracy to import firearms [Prosecution Junior]
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Attorney General’s Reference No 37 of 2004: Obtained a suspended sentence for defendant in Attempted Robbery with Imitation Firearm confirmed by Court of Appeal
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Other

Amy is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, and an Alumni Fellow of Nottingham Trent University.

 

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