Nigel Wraith

Nigel Wraith
Called: 2004
Qualifications: LLB (Hons)

Contact and Clerk


Clerk: Nikkie Browning


Nigel has an extensive knowledge of all stages of a criminal case. His previous experience as a solicitor in Plymouth has given him a thorough knowledge of issues that arise at the police station, and he spent many years providing advice and representation at the Magistrates’ Court.

Whilst his practice now involves conducting the most serious cases at the Crown Court, Nigel still regularly uses his skills as an advocate at the Magistrates’ Court prosecuting and defending alleged regulatory breaches in the areas of Health and Safety, Trading Standards, Environmental and Animal Welfare.

He is also able to provide a first-rate service for the motorist in need of avoiding a driving ban.

Nigel has developed a substantial practice as a barrister. He has a good rapport with clients and quickly identifies the important issues. He has succeeded in many difficult cases involving a wide range of offences, from serious violence and sexual attacks to drug trafficking and fraud. He has a good record of success at the Court of Appeal.

He appears at coroners’ inquests, including jury inquests. He also appears before disciplinary tribunals.

Nigel is a registered pupil supervisor and is authorised to prosecute rapes.

Notable Cases

R v DW
Defended allegation of conspiracy to import cocaine.
DW was the only defendant to be acquitted by the jury.
Co-defendants received prison sentences of 15-18 years each.

R v RZ
Prosecuted prison officer bringing heroin into prison.
Convicted by jury. Sentenced to 9 years’ imprisonment.

R v SQ
Defended man accused of deliberately driving into a crowd, before emerging from his car to punch and stamp on a man who subsequently required life-saving treatment.
SQ acquitted by the jury of all counts.

R v GD
Prosecuted a man initially charged with a single rape of his partner.
As a result of Nigel’s advice, he was subsequently tried for repeated rapes of both that partner and a previous wife.
Convicted of all counts by the jury. 15 years’ imprisonment.

Defended in the largest prosecution brought by the Environment Agency. At the conclusion of an 8-week trial, ND was acquitted on all counts.

Public Access

Nigel accepts public access instructions. He has considerable experience, and enjoys considerable success, representing those at risk of being disqualified from driving.

If you would like to instruct instruct Nigel please telephone the clerks on 01392 274898.


2004 Middle Temple (previously admitted as a solicitor in 1996)


LLB (Hons) – Exeter University
Distinction (LPC) – Chester Law School

Professional Memberships

CPS Panel – Level 3 (and rape panel).
Criminal Bar Association.
Western Circuit.


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