Nigel Soppitt

Joint Head of Chambers

Nigel Soppitt

01642 232523

Admitted as a Solicitor in 1981. During early years I was engaged in a general practice, I quickly became involved in litigation biased work. Within a fairly short time I became a partner then joint senior partner within an established firm of solicitors.

In the latter years as a Solicitor I worked exclusively in the contentious field dealing with complex criminal and civil matters. As example I was often involved in dealing with Murder cases and on one occasion representing a Scottish Solicitor charged with fraud on an international scale. I also dealt with one very high profile case involving a claimant who had been sterilised on two occasions yet gave birth to two children.

I was a member of the duty Solicitor Scheme and a member of the Association of the Victims of Medical Negligence. I was also a member of the local Citizens Advice Bureau assisting on a voluntary basis.

I Sought and was called to the Bar in 1996. My practice has a crime bias. This includes being briefed as junior in several murder cases. I have been Leading Junior in a fraud case and dealt with 3 guideline cases in the Court of Appeal 2 of these established sentencing guidelines, one in respect of the tariff for “Sadism” in an Attorney General’s Reference, the other setting out guidelines for domestic burglary.

In recent months I was Junior Counsel in the case of R v Ashmelash reported in The Times in April of 2013. This involved the relatively new defence of Loss of Control in Murder cases.

I have experience in all types of crime. I also deal with a wide range of Road Traffic Cases in the Magistrates Courts

In respect of Civil work dealt with, this includes Road Traffic Claims and the consequences, dealing with small claims, fast track and multi track matters. This work often complements the Road Traffic work dealt with in the magistrates

I am currently Joint Head of Chambers with Steve Constantine.