Nicholas Syfret QC


Called 1979 | Silk 2008

Porter Law Exhibition to Emmanuel College, Cambridge

B.A. Hons, Law – University of Cambridge

Recorder since 2001

Head of Chambers at 13 KBW between 2011 and 2014



Nick graduated in 1976 and, after two years working for DRUM Magazine in South Africa, was called to the Bar in 1979. He undertook his pupillage at 6 King’s Bench Walk (subsequently 1 Serjeants Inn), and practised from those chambers until 1993 when he moved to 13KBW becoming their Head of Chambers in 2011. He joined Cornwall Street Barristers in 2014.

Nick took Silk in 2008, having prosecuted and defended at the highest level in Crime.

He is a specialist expert in cases involving death or serious injury by dangerous or careless driving.


Nick has more than 30 years’ specialist experience of all aspects of Criminal Law and as a Silk he is instructed to both prosecute and defend cases of the utmost seriousness. Including having been instructed on gangland shootings, rape (including historic cases), murder, manslaughter, and high value theft and burglary cases.

Notably he is an expert in Road Traffic Accident cases involving death or serious injury by dangerous or careless driving.

He accepts public access instructions in appropriate cases.

Notable Cases

R v Lomax – July 2019 – Representing the defendant, a veterinary surgeon, in a high profile death by careless driving trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court. A significant question posed in the case was the stopping distance and time and Nick argued therefore was no evidence the defendant was exceeding the speed limit based on expert evidence and cross-examination. Reported in the Shropshire Star and Worcester News

R v Singh – July 2018 – Representing the defendant at sentencing in a high profile manslaughter case. The defendant killed his brother-in-law by stabbing him after suffering delusions of paranoid schizophrenia where he believed the deceased was having an affair with his wife. Successful following expert mitigation in obtaining a 5 year prison sentence on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Reported in the national press in the Daily Mail, BBC News and Birmingham Mail.

R v Revitt – March 2017 – A national coach driver acquitted of death by careless driving.

R v Mistry – March 2014 – Successfully defending a businesswomen charged with the two counts of death by dangerous driving when she lost control of her car and crashed into a pushchair killing two toddlers. The defendant was instead convicted of death by careless driving. An unusual case where the defendant was struck first, before crashing into the pushchair, and although accepted she was on her hands free, denied it caused her be distracted. This case was reported by BBC News.

R v Murray – January 2012 – Successful defence on charge of rape of 16 year old by 41 year old Earl’s son. The pivotal question in this case related to whether the complainant had consented and the jury agreed they had. This case received national press attention and was reported in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sun, The Express, The Mirror.

R v Harris – May 2010 – Defending a mother charged with the murder of her toddler in the wake of “Baby P” at the Old Bailey. This case received national press attention and was reported in The Mirror, The Guardian, and BBC News.

R v Gulaid – July 2008 – Following a 4 week trial at the Old Bailey, Nick successfully defended the defendant who was charged with murder in a gangland shooting.