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Nicholas Cotter

Nicholas Cotter

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Public Law & Regulatory

Regulatory Law (including maritime, fire regulation, CQC, environmental law and Heath and Safety matters)

Nicholas undertakes instructions in a wide variety of regulatory and quasi-criminal matters.

Nicholas has prosecuted for a number of local and national authorities and has extensive experience representing employers, employees, directors and companies often charged with complicated and offences that carry profound reputation damage.

Nicholas is often instructed by insurance firms and risk assessors to provide advice on the merits of an insurance funded case before action and is well versed in providing realistic, swift and cost appropriate advice to both those insured and self funding.

Nicholas provides advice and assistance targeted to avoid, challenge or minimise the effects of any regulatory investigation or prosecution whilst maintaining a commercial eye to an individual means and ultimate business reputation of the client.

Recent examples:

Regulatory Breach

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Representing the Director of a care home in which a tragic fire had led to the death of one of the residents. This case involved significant breaches of the Fire Regulatory Code. Early intervention led to the Director of the home being found not guilty and the position of the company was enhanced by limiting the number of alleged breaches admitted resulting in reduced costs and fine.

R v X
Advising positively on the merits of a Care Quality Commission Appeals tribunal involving the cancellation of a service providers registration across a large and well established care home business.

R v X
Representing a nationwide Salvage and building demolition Merchants charged with exceeding their landfill license. This case involved advising on the merits of a dismissal argument and the tactical approach this may have on the merits of the protection. The Environmental Agency upon consideration of the potential submission accepted a lower sanction resulting in a significantly lower fine with minimal reputational damage.

R v X
Representing a large property development firm and its primary directors charged with significant TPO breaches.

R v X
Representing a firm of nationwide food suppliers who were accused of breaching the EU Regulations on food hygiene involving the storage of milk and the production of cheese. This highly complicated matter met with success in avoiding findings in relation to the storage and hygiene of the primary functions of the business.

R v X
Successfully representing a nurse before the NMC in relation to fitness to practice allegation.

Trading Standards

R v X
Prosecuting on behalf of Trading Standards a nationwide rogue drainage company who targeted and overcharged elderly victims. This significant and successful prosecution required the assistance of a number of drainage experts and the excavation of the victims properties and gardens but resulted in a successful prosecution that compensated the victims of the companies and resulted in a significant fine.

R v X
Currently representing an entrepreneur accused of Trade mark breaches on his trainer footwear line.

Health and Safety

R v X
Representing a company that ran a number of docks on the river Thames. Sadly one of its employees had suffered a terrible accident resulting in the loss of both of his legs. The company were advised quickly on the merits of the case in order to mitigate effectively and productively for both the company and the victim.


R v X
Successfully representing a Dutch salvage captain accused of removing salvage from historic shipwrecks within British waters without an appropriate license.

R v X
Advising an international wreck salvage operation on pre-investigative issues after being boarded by the coast guard supported by the Royal Navy.

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August 4 2014:

Nicholas Cotter successfully acts on behalf of UKAD more

October 1 2012:

3PB is delighted to announce that Nicholas Cotter has joined Chambers. more

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Academic Qualifications

  • Diploma in Law (Bristol) CPE
  • BA (Hons) History
  • Public Access Qualified

Professional Bodies

  • Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers
  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
  • Grade 4 Prosecutor
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers' Association
  • Rape Panel
  • Serious Crime Panel
  • Serious Fraud Panel
  • The Criminal Bar Association
  • The Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn